Fossil Fighters DS

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. The bottom line is that Fossil Fighters takes the formula established by games like Spectrobes and Pokemon and improves on it in nearly every way.
  2. Let’s be clear – Fossil Fighters isn’t for the self-proclaimed “hardcore gamer.” No, it’s for kids – no doubt about it. That being said, it’s a quality title that, though somewhat shallow and straightforward, is a great fit for budding gamers.
  3. Nintendo Power
    80
    A great introduction to RPGs for newcomers. [Oct 2009, p.89]
  4. Not only does it do a stellar job of walking new players through what for them could be some overly complex mechanics, it pulls them through the game with an interesting storyline and a satisfying reward system.
  5. Fossil Fighters' robust roster of collectible dinosaurs and its fast-paced, lightly tactical battles make it an appealing adventure.
  6. Fossil Fighters is at its most frustrating when it does try to be novel.
  7. Borrowing some of the better elements from other games in the genre, Fossil Fighters manages to make it all fit together like T-Rex skeleton on display at the museum. Only with the game, you're encouraged to play with the exhibits.
  8. If all of your games need to be sprung from the fountain of creativity then you might want to look elsewhere, but if you're into some casual creature combat, you may be pleastantly surprised with what you unearth.
  9. It may be all a bit familiar for seasoned Pokémon gamers, but there's enough content in Fossil Fighters to keep even a cynic entertained.
  10. Some of this game's elements can get tedious, but all in all it is fairly enjoyable and should provide many hours of strategy, RPG, and archeological-based goodness.
  11. Those gripes aside, Fossil Fighters doesn't have what it takes to beat Pokemon, but it's still a cool game for kids who love thunder lizards.
  12. The game's mechanics are simple enough for gamers of all ages to enjoy, but there's also enough depth and replay value to keep those looking for a slightly more varied gameplay experience coming back for more.
  13. 70
    Fossil Fighters does not have top-notch graphics and sound or a big name to call its own. Its quality lies in entertaining battles and having many addictive things to do. Its prominent use of dinosaurs is also a plus.
  14. he best thing about the game is that it doesn't try to be Pokemon.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    62
    Pokemon. With dinosaurs. Not the most imaginative idea and there's not a lot to it, but Fossil Fighters will scratch that pet-battling itch. [Nov 2009, p.71]
  16. 59
    The only excuse for Fossil Fighters sophomoric presentation could be that it’s targeted at the younger DS gamer.
  17. As far as beginner games go, this is about as elementary as it can be.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 12, 2016
    10
    This was the first video game I ever played it was amazing this was when it came out AND I STILL play it till this day over and over. it is addicting!
  2. Jan 25, 2016
    10
    Fossil Fighters is one of the best dinosaur ds games there are. The game is full of action packed scenes and is very addicting. If you are aFossil Fighters is one of the best dinosaur ds games there are. The game is full of action packed scenes and is very addicting. If you are a dinosaur lover, I recommend this game for you. Full Review »
  3. Dec 30, 2014
    7
    It's no Pokémon, but Fossil Fighters is still a fun game with loads of charm in its world, story, and dialogue. It also adds some variationIt's no Pokémon, but Fossil Fighters is still a fun game with loads of charm in its world, story, and dialogue. It also adds some variation with its gameplay, which is cool to see. It won't hold your attention for too long, but it's still a pretty fun game. Full Review »