Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
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  1. 85
    The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is not a perfect game; however, it takes you on a fun enough journey that you'll most likely overlook any imperfections that you may find.
  2. 80
    If you’re looking for a laid back RPG to sink into, or want a simple game to get younger players into the genre, Oz has you covered; otherwise there are far deeper offerings on the system.
  3. Though its dungeons could have benefited from smarter design, I found Wizard of Oz to be a beautiful, whimsical adventure.
  4. Ultimately, The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is a unique take on the franchise and an enjoyable RPG experience. If you are looking for a unique RPG and don't mind that the game deviates from the original Wizard of Oz story, then this title is highly recommended.
  5. In closing, I have to say that despite the beautiful graphics, it's hard to ignore the game's shallow narrative which fails to take advantage of its rich, original literary source. That said, RPG fans may overlook this marked lack of fictional creativity and the game's few monotonous aspects, to enjoy its considerable hours of solid RPG play.
  6. At the end of the day though, Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is an enjoyable game that all fans of RPG’s should take a close look at.
  7. If only the level design were more open and evolving and if the characters and story were a little more charming, this game might actually have taken the step up to a great game.
  8. 75
    The most surprising part of all is just how enjoyable it really is. While the game is much too simple for the hardcore RPG player, casual fans and newcomers will adore the simplicity and entertainment the title brings with it.
  9. The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is a solid attempt at transporting players to the world of Oz. The gameplay presents players with all the usual RPG trappings, and while it could have been a bit more imaginative or open world-like, I'm not at all disappointed with the game.
  10. 70
    It's a shame that the battle system is as simplistic as it is, because the game has so much going for it, including a great plot twist, fantastic art direction and an ending that is a real tearjerker.
  11. It’s a simple, basic, kid-friendly RPG that has a few good tricks up its sleeves, and makes a nice round of gaming even for experienced players when they just don’t want to think too hard.
  12. Nintendo Power
    A cinch to pick up and play, but will be just as easily forgotten. [Oct 2009, p.90]
  13. 58
    The graphics and soundtrack warrant a look for their own sake, but it's a light-on-story alternative view of a classic, that's sometimes too easy, sometimes too hard, and never quite the enchanting game I hoped it would be.
  14. Beyond the Yellow Brick Road has its moments, but the novelty of strolling through the land of Oz soon wears thin.
  15. 50
    I would recommend this game to experienced RPG fans who want something light to play on the side but anyone expecting a worthwhile journey through Dorothy's adventures will walk away disappointed.
  16. 50
    Yellow Brick Road starts out as a promising take on a classic fairytale. You'll quickly learn that you're not in Kansas anymore and see the game for what it is, a mixed bag full of elementary role-playing.
  17. A watered-down RPG with a few flaws that take some of the fun out of it. My first inclination was to compare the dilemmas in this game to those of the Scarecrow: No brain. But this game has maybe too much brain. It's very logical and Xseed definitely put a lot of thought into making it very playable. The problem with TWOBYBR, though, is more like the Tin Man's: No heart.
  18. The new story is generic, the exploration hampered by unnecessary backtracking and the dreaded locked door puzzles.

Awards & Rankings

#80 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 30, 2010
    "The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" (also known as "RIZ-ZOAWD") is a Japanese-made, anime-style, and relatively faithful"The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" (also known as "RIZ-ZOAWD") is a Japanese-made, anime-style, and relatively faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic tale, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", and despite the slight repetition of battle mechanics, it is definitely a game to experience if you are a fan of the Oz stories. Full Review »