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  • Summary: (Also known as "Harvest Fishing") Journey to rivers, swamps, ponds and hidden fishing spots as you look for the mysterious River King to help your younger sister wake from her unexplained slumber. But you are not alone on this adventure, make friends with the magical creatures of Mystic Valley and unlock their special abilities to help you. You are your sister’s last hope and it will take all of your fishing skill to catch the elusive River King. Innovative fishing engine using the Touch Screen. Amass a collection of bait, lures, rods and more. Participate in a variety of mini-games. Have a fishing tournament with your friends via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. [Natsume] Collapse
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  1. This is almost a case of “what could have been.” While the game itself isn’t a bad game, per se, it’s not a very good game, either. There just isn’t enough content.
  2. A standby on Nintendo handhelds since Game Boy Color, River King has taken to DS touch control like a fish to water. [Feb 2008, p.90]
  3. River King: Mystic Valley seems to be somewhat of a fall from grace for the series.
  4. 50
    As far removed from the original experience as we could imagine. The visuals are astoundingly basic, there’s almost no music in the entire game, fishing is nearly automatic now compared to the challenge of previous versions, and the end result is a game that lacks the very core of what made River King so special in the first place.
  5. While the story mode is relatively short and generous in opening up new areas fairly quickly, fishing these days is far better suited to mini-game distractions in bigger titles than something like this.
  6. Tedious and incredibly unrewarding. [Aug 2008, p.65]
  7. I like the concept of River King, the endearing characters, and even the tranquility of the landscapes, but the focus is way off-target.

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