Magical Starsign DS

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Pelit (Finland)
    74
    An RPG that lacks originality but offers a neat package of nice and cute gameplay. [Mar 2007]
  2. Magical Starsign is a lighthearted role-playing adventure that partially makes up for a lack of gameplay depth with its quirky, oddball world.
  3. Games Master UK
    71
    Flawed combat hinders a light-hearted story with stars in its eyes. [Mar 2007, p.71]
  4. Nintendo Power
    70
    If you have the patience to see it through, Magical Starsign is fairly satisfying, especially if you value good writing and compelling characters over deep gameplay. [Dec. 2006, p.104]
  5. The story is mediocre and the game gets off to a slow start, but the imaginative character designs, epic boss fights, a unique battle system and a cool six person multiplayer mode keep it from being a disaster.
  6. 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.
  7. Nintendo Gamer
    70
    A sweet and simple RPG that moves a bit slowly at times. Some neat ideas - but a lack of depth means that while you'll want to keep playing, you'll be a bit annoyed. [Mar 2007, p.79]
  8. Magical Starsign offers nothing particularly original or special to appeal to the RPG fan that doesn't have a particular interest in this cute eastern subgenre, but for the casual gamer and RPG newbie it is a gentle and well-crafted introduction to a rich and complex area of gaming.
  9. Game Informer
    65
    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]
  10. Magical Starsign is the role-playing equivalent to bubblegum. It's a fun diversion, but far from substantial, instead resigning itself to being an interesting holdover until something more worthwhile comes along.
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    The biggest problem, however, is the wonky stylus control. [Nov. 2006, p.140]
  12. 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.
  13. 60
    Magical Starsign should be looked upon less as an RPG and more as a warning to potential DS and Wii developers: Yes, these new systems offer exciting, different possibilities. But please don't sacrifice old-school playability for unnecessary control schemes.
  14. 60
    The graphics are basically ripped from the previous release on the GBA with some slap dash 3D affects thrown in. Top it off with a cliche storyline, and melodramatic characters that need to stick to day time television and you have a formula destined for failure.
  15. At the end of the day, Magical Starsign is your average, run-of-the-mill JRPG with some touch screen gameplay thrown in, hoping to disguise an old horse as a new pony.
  16. In the end, that’s what Magical Starsign really is; a glorified GBA game with Touch Screen controls tacked on as an afterthought.
  17. While Magical Starsign offers a bit of amusement, and more than its share of chuckles, the actual game mechanics keeps it from being too engrossing.
  18. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#37 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#11 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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! Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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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