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  • Summary: When Wario sees a TV series about a thieving master of disguises, he dives through the television screen, steals the theif's quick-change wand and takes over the entire show. Episode after episode, he breaks into exotic locations, such as a luxury liner, watery ruins and an Egyptian pyramid. Draw Wario's 8 disguises: By sketching a symbol on Wario, the player puts Wario in outfits that give him powers, such as Theif Wario's tackles and Cosmic Wario's laster blasts. The player also uses the stylus to wield powers. Explore enviornments: Wario travels the globe in ten missions that span nine exotic locations. The player must attack many enemies found in each location and also use Wario's disguises to get past puzzling obstacles. Play mini-games to unlock chests: To pick the lock of each chest, the player must play one of eight stylus-driven mini-games that grow more difficult as the game progresses. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. This is one(more)DS game not to be missed. [Apr 2007, p.59]
  2. 80
    Precisely what you'd expect from Wario: tons of juvenile, yet still pretty funny, scatological humor and some passable minigames. What saves it from mediocrity is the fact that it is actually really challenging.
  3. Just think of it as a new challenging adventure with one your favorite characters and new "stylus skills" added.
  4. 60
    Level design, enemy design, and damn near every other category of this game are in short, unimpressive.
  5. It's not that the Emperor has no clothes, but in Master of Disguise, Wario's garb looks distinctly threadbare, despite some cute ideas.
  6. 50
    All in all, Wario: Master of Disguise was a game that attempted to bring something new to the table, but instead faltered and broke along the way.
  7. Apart from being tediously simple and lacking variety, the challenges have absolutely no tension, because failure just means you have to try again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. AlexS.
    May 27, 2007
    I love this game it is so cool even though it can get hard in several parts. And I'm only on A Third Thief Brings Grief Level 4 but it is still awesome. Expand
  2. PurpleWind
    Apr 14, 2008
    This game is fantastic. Nowhere else will you find a platformer that makes you think and solve puzzles like this one. the story might no be high-brow, but it's WARIO would you expect a classy or even classic story? It's just Wario in one of his better adventures. The Costumes add to the challenge with each change bringing abilities used to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles. Master of Disguise is a great adventure that is worth a look. "The Purple wind, silent but deadly. Smell it!" Expand
  3. ColinC
    Apr 14, 2008
    Okay, my first 30 minutes with this game, I thought it was awful. Graphics seemed subpar and story seemed stupid. 30 minutes later, I was starting to enjoy myself more. 30 minutes after that, I was hooked. I've been playing games for 25 years and I've never gone from hating to loving a game like this. And having played the game through to the end, I'm amazed at some of the low critic scores and reviews. It makes me think that maybe they stopped playing it in the first 30 minutes. I found the stylus controls for changing disguises worked wonderfully. Yes, some of the minigames aren't topnotch (and especially start off way too easy, but they do get harder near the end.), but the level design and story really pull you and and keep getting better and better. It was the boss fights that first hooked me, and then as I got more powers and the level design started requiring me to be more inventive about how I used them, I really started digging this game. I don't this this game has sold well (just based on the number of user votes here) and that's a crying shame. I own both a psp and a ds, and this is some of the most fun I've had on a handheld. (Other favorites include every Advanced Wars game, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Papaton, and Zelda The Phantom Hourglass.) Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2012
    This game is okay, i haven't played all the way through it, so don't go by my review of the game if you want to buy it. The graphics are nice for a Nintendo DS game, I can say that as one of the best parts of the game. This game for some reason seems non linear, because I can't figure out what I'm supposed to do in one level and the shapes that you have to draw are way too complex to memorize, so constant looking at the tutorials is necessary. I can't say too much more, I haven't beat this game yet, my rating, so far after at least two chapters is 7.3/10 Expand
  5. ChristofferL
    Jul 28, 2009
    This is the weirdest wario game ever made, and I hardly love it. Only 10 unreplayable episodes, bosses without challenge (except Sprinx wanting you to solve 3 riddles, that part was annoying) and the system of the crests is kinda pointless, but still fun. The story is not bad or good, there was only one primary goal: collect all 5 pieces of the wishstone and wish for all treasures in the world. Some of the disguise symbols are pretty hard for the system to regonize, like almost everytime I'm about to change my self to Cosmic Wario, the game thinks I want to become Arty Wario even if I draw the circle perfect. The game is fun and feels very well to finally solve a problem you find yourself stuck in, but after completing the whole game, theres an little bonus: gather all treasures and complete the 5 extra episodes, NO THANKS, I just wanted to complete the game. Collapse
  6. Nov 22, 2011
    While I believe that this game is an interesting concept, I did not like it as much as I expected to once I started playing it. The abilities were unique and interesting, but navigating the gameâ Expand
  7. TonyG.
    Mar 13, 2007
    pure poop... touch controls are horrible and boring. nintendo needs to focus more on the game than gimmicky control. horrendous.

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