Lock's Quest DS

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 86
    Lock's Quest is by far one of the most original, inspired, and entertaining experiences we've had on DS this year.
  2. Lock's Quest's intuitive build mode and frantic, engaging battles are great for an action strategy game on the go.
  3. A unique game that’s perfectly suited to the DS.
  4. Lock's Quest is certainly one of the better DS games to hit the platform this year. If you're a fan of past DS strategy titles - LostMagic or Revenant Wings, for example - picking up Lock's Quest is a no-brainer.
  5. Hugely ambitious and quietly innovative - only a few rough edges stop this short of potential all-time classic status.
  6. It's a fun little title, and while it might not hold your attention thru the entire main story, it's definitely worth checking out regardless.
  7. 80
    Lock's Quest provides a familiar experience that at the same time feels so distinct and unique that you'd be hard pressed to find something similar to it on the DS.
  8. Locks' Quest is the sort of game for which the DS was made. It's quick and easy to pick up and play, makes great use of the touch-screen, and is just an overall delightful game.
  9. It probably won't finish on many best-of-the-year lists, but if our experience is anything to go by then Lock's Quest will live long in any DS cartridge slot.
  10. 91
    Lock's Quest succeeds as both a love letter to, and an evolution of, the tower-defense genre.
  11. But Lock’s Quest is just too damn fast-paced for the fussy controls to get annoying enough to really kill the fun.
  12. Lock´s Quest is another marvellous example of the originality and creativity of a group of programmers. It´s a game that mixes RPG, strategy and action with simple ways and it´s very addictive. The way to prepare the battles is a wise move, with many options for the players. It is without a doubt one of the best strategy games for Nintendo DS.
  13. Lock's Quest is everything a portable strategy game should be. Its battles are exciting little bursts of bite-sized panic attacks, lasting only minutes at a time, but feeling much longer. Despite a few niggles, the stylus controls work pretty damn well, helped by the clean and simple methods of control used. It's just a really, really, really good portable game.
  14. The amount of thought put into Lock's Quest and the amount of effort and detail in every corner is astounding.
  15. The art design is unique, the story akin to one of Square Enix's RPG DS titles and it's a great game to play for short bursts of time, perhaps on a regular commute, because the battles themselves don't take too much time to complete.
  16. Nintendo Power
    Fun but flawed, Lock's Quest takes real-time strategy into character-based adventure territory with stylus-controlled precision. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  17. Some practical design choices, along with a host of inspired gameplay ideas, make this a title well worth checking out. There are a ton of missions and a local multiplayer option for when the single-player journey comes to an end.
  18. The truly sad part is that Lock's Quest is just a few design tweaks away from being a fantastic game. All the ingredients are here, but the overzealous chefs at 5th Cell screwed up the recipe.
  19. If you think that 5th Cell was a company with only one great idea (Drawn to Life), you’re wrong. Lock’s Quest is deep, funny, intelligent, complex, and is full of details that make the game awesome and highly recommendable. Its most important feature is the mix of two genres, RPG and strategy, in a way never seen before in a portable game. Also, the game is very funny and has a nice storyline, so don’t doubt: get it.
  20. 80
    Overall, Lock's Quest is immensely entertaining.
  21. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Finally – new and original strategy game for Nintendo DS. Sweet visuals, nice story and controls make Lock’s Quest truly addictive. [Dec 2008]
  22. Alongside the single-player campaign, there's an entertaining multi-player mode that enables two people to build armies and defences and go to war. Whilst this is only local play, it does mean that Lock's Quest makes a more worthy addition to your DS collection.
  23. Nintendo Gamer
    Lock's Quest is definitely a slow burner and takes a while to get going. Invest your time, however, and you'll be rewarded with a solid and competent strategy game. [Dec 2008, p.67]
  24. New abilities or turrets help mix up the gameplay and provide gamers with refreshing approaches to each invasion. The visuals feel alive, with great animation and style.
  25. In fact, it's easy to see general casual gamers get into Lock's Quest, with its accessible learning curve and 'brain training' wall-building strategy.
  26. One of the best DS games of 2008. Combining the addictive, strategic fun of Tower Defense with an excellent tale spanning over 20 hours, brilliant animation and easy to learn controls, it should secure its place in the hearts of gamers everywhere.
  27. Lock's Quest for the Nintendo DS combines the right amount of story and battle driven gameplay to satisfy most gamers.
  28. Lock's Quest proves that it doesn't take a big name or big studio to make a must-buy title which will be a benchmark for years to come.
  29. Plan, build, fight and repair. Those are the four fundamental parts of Lock's Quest, an unexpectedly demanding game for the DS. It's surprisingly addictive, but due to some parts of the game not being blessed with the coat of finish they need we can't bless this game with a higher grade.
  30. 80
    Despite a rather cutesy (albeit gorgeous) exterior, Lock's Quest offers a surprisingly deep real-time strategy experience.
  31. Despite some control issues, Lock's Quest may just be the sleeper hit of the year. Definitely worth checking out if you own a DS.
  32. Lock’s Quest is a hugely entertaining twist on the traditional tower defence game that will keep you glued to your handheld for hours on end.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#54 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    I Love this Game it is by far my favorite game.There should be a 2nd locks quest game.The only thing i would fix is... NOTHING i LOVE thisI Love this Game it is by far my favorite game.There should be a 2nd locks quest game.The only thing i would fix is... NOTHING i LOVE this game story is great to. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2011
    very good game with excellent multiplayer it has a good story and the gameplay is magnificint this game deserves more credit and is myvery good game with excellent multiplayer it has a good story and the gameplay is magnificint this game deserves more credit and is my favorite ds game of all time Full Review »
  3. LunaR.
    Mar 12, 2009
    This title is one of the best RTS games on the DS. It's harder than most, if not, all it's DS genre peers. The difficulty is broughtThis title is one of the best RTS games on the DS. It's harder than most, if not, all it's DS genre peers. The difficulty is brought about by battle and strategy itself and not by level gaps, equipment or other factors of that sort. I pray for a sequel with more polished movement (the "slippery" movement is a bit annoying), improved animation, and a deeper, much more engrossing storyline. Full Review »