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  • Summary: The students of Will O'Wisp magical academy have a little problem: Their teacher has mysteriously disappeared. After commandeering a handful of rockets to rescue her, they've wound up on a strange (and sometimes scary) adventure through outer space. Now players must rescue both theirThe students of Will O'Wisp magical academy have a little problem: Their teacher has mysteriously disappeared. After commandeering a handful of rockets to rescue her, they've wound up on a strange (and sometimes scary) adventure through outer space. Now players must rescue both their classmates AND their teacher – and just maybe the whole solar system while they’re at it. Explore strange planets. Players see the sights of this strange, sci-fi fantasy setting as they uncover the secret behind their teacher's disappearance in this epic role-playing game. The stylus controls everything, from combat to conversations to outfitting allies. Simple controls make it easy to play but a challenge to master. Players can link up wirelessly with five friends and explore the amigo dungeon together – they'll find unending challenges and incredible rewards as they delve into the depths of this unique multiplayer experience. Madeleine, a respected and powerful teacher at Will O'Wisp magical academy, tells her students that she will undertake a dangerous mission in space and trains them for combat should the need arise. After not hearing from her for some time, the kids stumble upon a hangar of rocket ships. One by one, they board individual ships and crash land on distant planets alone. Players hop from planet to planet assembling the group of classmates. Once together, they learn of an evil sorcerer – a former student of the academy who now has ambitions to destroy reality – and set out to stop him. The game’s combat plays like a traditional role-playing game. The difference comes from the command wheel and the stylus interface. Players tap on the attacks they want to use and then tap on an enemy to target. The game focuses on magic attacks: Each character has a "sign" linked to one of the planets that determines the type of magic he or she uses. As the planets move through the solar system, the effectiveness of magic spells shifts, requiring an ever-changing battle plan: Monsters and characters grow stronger as their planets shift into prominence and weaker as they move out of those positions. Players can check the planets' positions by tapping on the astrolog. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 83
    Magical Starsign does an excellent job at taking the classic Turn-Based RPG formula and turning it into something fun for Nintendo's new handheld device.
  2. Greater than the sum of its parts, it's eventually hard to feel anything but sheer joy when playing Magical Starsign.
  3. Role-playing fans will get a good 30 hours of quality gaming out of Magical Starsign. It has its hitches, but if you can work with them there's a great adventure to be had. [Feb 2007, p.66]
  4. 70
    A competent RPG that has a very well written storyline within, as well as a robust battle system and enjoyable soundtrack. It's certainly not the best role playing game I've ever played, but it's one of the better ones on the Nintendo DS.
  5. In the end, it's difficult to determine which would be worse; a day with this game or a day back in sixth grade. [Nov. 2006, p.142]
  6. A throwback to the bygone days of the RPG genre - whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on your tastes. But even players who aren't retro-fans will be hard-pressed to consider Magical Starsign a truly bad game.
  7. No, it won’t replace "Final Fantasy XII" or "Twilight Princess," but for some role-playing on the go, Magical Starsign isn’t a bad choice. Just don’t tell your friends.

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  1. Tijntje
    Nov 2, 2007
    9
    Some reviewers wrote it didn't have much special, but I wasn't waiting for something special, I was waiting for a nice an light RPGSome reviewers wrote it didn't have much special, but I wasn't waiting for something special, I was waiting for a nice an light RPG to play.
    Simply one of the best Nintendo handheld RPGs I've seen in times, becouse what else was there besides Final Fantasy and Golden Sun? Be fair...
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  2. JonN.
    Feb 15, 2007
    9
    Every once in awhile, a game slips through the fingers of most reviewers. And while, Magical Starsign may not have as hard hunt for the Every once in awhile, a game slips through the fingers of most reviewers. And while, Magical Starsign may not have as hard hunt for the hardcores, this game provides enough twists and turns, beasts and beautiful animations to make any RPG fan salivate. Expand
  3. LisaA.
    Mar 1, 2007
    9
    I enjoyed the game. It isn't an extremely difficult game to play but it does have it's challenges and twists. The animation isI enjoyed the game. It isn't an extremely difficult game to play but it does have it's challenges and twists. The animation is very well done and the plot of the game is well thought out.
    I actually enjoyed the touch screen. You can play the whole game while laying on your bed and just using the stylus to move, use objects, etc. No need to crank your head up and getting freaking arthitis because of the pushing buttons constantly.
    The really hardcore RPer probably would not enjoy this game because it is not a game where you have to play for 2 hours or so to get 2 experience points(WoW!) for your characters.
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  4. Feb 2, 2013
    8
    I love this game, it is fun, crazy and magical. The names of the characters are often funny and there are many worlds and strange creatures.I love this game, it is fun, crazy and magical. The names of the characters are often funny and there are many worlds and strange creatures. The pyrites are so much fun! Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2012
    7
    A fine RPG. Story is pretty low and the combat is simple. Still its a fun and easy game. If you like Paper Mario and like your RPG without tooA fine RPG. Story is pretty low and the combat is simple. Still its a fun and easy game. If you like Paper Mario and like your RPG without too much story, its perfect. Expand