Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. It’s a solid turn-based strategy game that’s easy to pick up and fun to play, good for both fans and those new to the genre. The lack of multiplayer hurts, but it’s not a mortal wound.
  2. Indeed the whole game is just a bit lacking - it has a decent story and excellent battles, but there is little replayability.
  3. Destiny's Soldier is incredibly faithful to the traditional Mage Knight rules, but this, unfortunately, mostly serves as a reminder of how strategy games have evolved differently on and off of video game systems.
  4. On the one hand the rules of the game have been translated perfectly to video-game format and adding new troops to your army is fun. On the other hand there’s the incredibly lame story, the quirky stylus controls, and the mediocre mission structures and graphics.
  5. 65
    While the game succeeds as a conversion of a miniature gaming ruleset, it fails to take advantage of the potential available uniquely to the video game format. The lack of multiplayer in particular keeps Destiny's Soldier from rising in the ranks.
  6. Mage Knight DS is based on some good design ideas derived from an interesting tabletop wargame, but they're drowned out by a poor interface and weak presentation.
  7. A game that is likely to be frustrating to experienced players of the miniature game and nearly impossible to grasp for newcomers. [Dec 2006, p.157]
  8. The crowning achievement of failure here, however, is the total lack of multiplayer. Skirmish would be nice, but no multiplayer in a DS version of an intrinsically multi-player tabletop game? Unforgivable.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. mageyboy
    Apr 10, 2007
    No matter wat anybody else says listen to me and only me.
    The game is very good for mostly boys. You can make an army discover maps and new
    lands. The rules are hard to understand and may confuse u but u get used to it after acouple of days.
    I gave this game 9 out of 10 as the graphics arent useless and u can anialate people. U will luv this game
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  2. JeffD
    Oct 26, 2006
    I've played the original table top WizKids' Mage Knight and it's sibling game, Heroclix, on multiple occasions in the past, and have enjoyed playing with and collecting the original sets. Both games are great strategy games. Life, however, does not always present us the opportunity to do everything we want to do as we'd like to, and my current schedule prevents me from playing these games with others in it's original form.
    Enter Mage Knight DS. If you are in anyway familiar with the orignal game, then this game should not be too difficult to pick up. If not, there might be a bit of a learning curve. The game became immensely easier to play on the DS when I discovered how the help functions worked, and found there was an option to enable a grid pattern on the battle field. (Go to the options menu to find that. The game is a little difficult to understand range of movement and line of fire without).
    I've now played several maps, and found this to be a great little addictive strategy game. Though not mature in content, the complexity of the game is tailored for teens - adults.
    To me, the lack of a multi player option for this game is not that big a deal. If I had the time, I'd be playing the real version with others, and not rely on the DS interface. Don't get me wrong. It definitely would be better with it; but I'd rather have a stronger AI than multiplayer support.
    In my humble opinion, it's a very nice addition to the Nintendo DS for those of us that enjoy a game that's a little more in depth than the average and makes you think instead of merely mashing buttons.
    One slight complaint. When pieces are placed next to others, it is sometimes fairly difficult to properly face the piece in the proper direction. It can be frustrating, but it's not impossible to do.
    I'm hoping that someday a Heroclix version of this game will come along for the DS, but I realize that with the licensing issues with DC and Marvel, this will probably never occur.
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  3. RayM.
    Oct 9, 2006
    Graphically done very well, I would say for fans/players of Mage Knight only as it is a little hard to understand otherwise. No multiplayer has really hurt this game. Even if it was on the same DS, it still would have been great. Full Review »