Star Fox Command DS

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  1. 80
    The stylus controls might still need some work but the core idea is sound, with accuracy and precision that previous Star Fox games - and air combat titles in general - just never offered before.
  2. The Star Fox fighter squadron returns in this solid flight combat game, which distinguishes itself with its strategic elements and well-designed touch-screen controls.
  3. Game Informer
    80
    Star Fox Command isn't the second coming, but it is a great start to repairing a franchise that had crashed and burned. [Oct. 2006, p.113]
  4. It stays true to its roots by delivering an engaging combat and multiplayer experience and add some much needed depth in the form of strategic maps.
  5. 80
    Star Fox Command isn't a return to the glory days or a flawless project that redefines the series, but it's a solid and interesting title that takes on new ideas and comes up with something entirely worthwhile.
  6. 85
    The fast-paced Star Fox action, easy controls, and the fun multiplayer portions definitely outweigh the bad.
  7. Games Master UK
    85
    Looks like a return to form for Fox - strategy and top flying action meshed brilliantly. [Oct 2006, p.63]
  8. Wi-Fi battles are there, but you're more likely to hang around this furry crew for its intense, tactical battlefields.
  9. games(TM)
    80
    It’s intuitive to the extent that you’ll quickly stop looking at the touch screen and instead play from instinct. It feels perfect. [Oct 2006, p.114]
  10. 80
    The sole fact that Star Fox Command is entirely about dogfighting is enough to make fans of the series rejoice. The action is intense; single-player is packed with replay; and the controls will quickly grow on you like a tick on a dog.
  11. The game looks and runs great, controls wonderfully and is a perfect example of gaming done right on the DS.
  12. Aside from a rather light multiplayer component, Star Fox Command has few flaws and is a must-have for DS owners.
  13. Play Magazine
    85
    It was only a matter of time before Star Fox found its way onto the DS. Instead of being a remixed version of a classic Star Fox(the N64 version springs to mind), Star Fox Command is an original effort offering up some interesting new ideas as well as classic McCloud shooting action. [Oct. 2006, p.67]
  14. Pelit (Finland)
    76
    The stylus controls are fine and everything works as it should. But there is a certain lack of charisma - that extra something that makes a good game great. [Feb 2007]
  15. 90
    Combined with the fun dogfighting and smart stylus control, this is better action than we deserve in a portable.
  16. Nintendo Power
    95
    The combination of classic and new elements makes it the most wholly satisfying Star Fox game yet. [Oct. 2006, p.88]
  17. The turn-based and map-scouring gameplay is a fresh take on the series, even if the timed missions aren’t nearly as epic as the battles of the previous games.
  18. The mandatory touch screen controls for Command actually work very well.
  19. Star Fox Command is the odd game that finds itself being better in practice than theory. The distilled elements are fantastic but the inter-complexities don’t gel completely.
  20. Nintendo Gamer
    85
    Not the Star Fox we were hoping for, but one that's surprisig in pulling off the risks that it takes. [Oct 2006, p.58]
  21. Though some of its design is questionable, the game is still one of the best Star Fox branded titles in years. The varied and branching single player campaign will keep you glued to your Nintendo DS for multiple playthroughs.
  22. The strategy is a welcome touch with the game’s fantastic controls and nice use of the touch screen. If you want a game that makes use of most of the DS’ key features, this is the game for you.
  23. Even though the game is somewhat easy it still manages to breathe new life into the StarFox franchise and anyone with a DS would be crazy not to pick up this title and give it a go.
  24. An interesting twist on the Star Fox franchise adding strategy and touch screen controls.
  25. Star Fox Command has great controls and introduces a strategic layer that's fairly interesting. However, the random feel of the story battles and the frantic multiplayer mode don't make the most of this game's solid foundation, which might cause nostalgic fans to long for the series' good old days.
  26. 85
    You fly in open space, which is a good thing. It gives you more freedom, but does so at a price - a time limit.
  27. Just saying the word 'strategy' may turn off some gamers who aren't typically into that genre, but even if you're not, at least give a shot. We have a feeling many people will be pleasantly surprised.
  28. A great looking, fast paced action shooter if not for the strategy element in between but, in my opinion its always good to have something new and the maps offer a little challenge when you first play them. [JPN Import]
  29. I have a wish list of features Command should have included — more diverse enemies, cooler bosses (remember battling Andross at the end of the Super Nintendo game?), in-game wingman interaction — but Star Fox Command, with its branching story and multiple endings, takes a small step the right direction.
  30. While not without flaws, SFC most definitely brings the franchise backs to its former glory.

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#9 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. M.Ous
    Sep 2, 2006
    3
    Do you like wiggling the pen to make the Arwing roll and try to control it at the same time? Do you like all-or-nothing levels where you Do you like wiggling the pen to make the Arwing roll and try to control it at the same time? Do you like all-or-nothing levels where you screw up and that's it? No health? Do you like arbitrary time limits in place of good game design? Do you like cut scene after cut scene you have to tap to skip? Did you hate the controls of the original classic? Please, someone, bring us a remake of the original Star Fox and throw the last three abominations in the garbage. Full Review »
  2. Aug 15, 2016
    7
    The controls force you to use the touch screen, which kind of sucks. Does Nintendo not know how awkward it is to hold a DS while using theThe controls force you to use the touch screen, which kind of sucks. Does Nintendo not know how awkward it is to hold a DS while using the stylus or something? Other than that, the game is good. Just wish the controls weren't forced like they are. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2016
    9
    How to make star fox on a portable system? Well nintendo's answer is this and it's an A+ well A- cause it ain't perfect. Does have what starHow to make star fox on a portable system? Well nintendo's answer is this and it's an A+ well A- cause it ain't perfect. Does have what star fox games have. This is a good and fun game that I recommend. Full Review »