Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. If you're looking for the hottest new RPG with the flashiest graphics and some newfangled game mechanics, you'll probably be a bit disappointed. But if you're into the anime and want something that's guaranteed to have you playing well into the wee hours, this game is going to be smiling and waving at you the next time you're at your favorite game shop.
  2. For those with no time or emotional investment in the series, this role-playing game is slower than milkshake moving up a cocktail straw, blander in appearance than most PSOne titles, and has more grating dialogue than a rerun of "The Facts of Life." [Jan 2005, p.125]
  3. The game itself employs a number of horrible, tired RPG conventions and a budget presentation, making it difficult to recommend to even the most fervent of fans.
  4. The trouble is doing any sort of action requires using 3 or 4 menus, which is okay in itself, but in InuYasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask, each menu takes twice as long as it needs to, dragging the battles horridly. Combined with a fairly high encounter rate, it seems to take forever to accomplish anything.
  5. Appropriately enough, InuYasha plays like self-insert fan fiction: It's just as trite and doubly as embarrassing. [Feb 2005, p.85]
  6. Players over age ten might find Inuyasha too juvenile to enjoy, but younger players will love the charming storyline. [Jan 2005, p.78]
  7. 7 / 6 / 5 / 6 - 24 [Vol 797; 26 Mar 2004]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Aug 4, 2005
    1
    I hate this game and it hurts me since I love Inuyasha so it sucks for me. The graphics were absolutely horrible, HORRIBLE! They go back toI hate this game and it hurts me since I love Inuyasha so it sucks for me. The graphics were absolutely horrible, HORRIBLE! They go back to the archaic cartidge graphics of the N64 with 2D backgrounds that belong in 1997. The sound as the American voice actors (unlike some other anime game invloving a half demon) but the bad side is the acting is the worst! Its really really bad! I can't believe its so horrible. The rest of the osund is very unappealing too. The gameplay is very very bad as well its extremely slow and dull the special attacks are like normal attacks (aside from cure spells and such white mage-esque spells) with more attack points and it doesn't mix up anything and does nothing to help make it better. The story didn't interest me enough to endure the voice acting so I didn't pay attention. *yawn* Stay away far away. 2nd worst RPG I have ever played. Full Review »
  2. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Jan 17, 2005
    1
    What is wrong with everyone? You're all giving 9's to this crud? What's wrong with you? I know you're entitled to your What is wrong with everyone? You're all giving 9's to this crud? What's wrong with you? I know you're entitled to your opinion but geez... Now I'm no InuYasha hater I love InuYasha, I love all of Rumiko Takashi's manga/anime. Yet I can't like this game no matter how much I try. At first you MIGHT think it's okay but rather quickly you really start to hate it. At least the American voice actors are voicing it. Yet the acting is really bad, and the sound is pretty crummy. Now the Nintendo 64 graphics that's jyst horrid, with drawn non-interactive backgrounds and blocky character models it'll make you cry. The battles are boring and you can win by attacking over and over there is no strategy maybe a little cure spells once or twice but it's never really exciting. The story is horrid as well it's not entertaining at all. The only two things keeping this away from a zero is the exclusive anime footage and the previously mentioned american voice actors from the american anime even though the acting is done horribly. Not even the biggest fans like me will hate it. Don't buy it. It's for your own good... Full Review »
  3. Sakuya
    Dec 31, 2004
    4
    I have to be honest I love Inu Yasha and have anjoyed both the anime and the manga for years but this game was disappointing. If you are a I have to be honest I love Inu Yasha and have anjoyed both the anime and the manga for years but this game was disappointing. If you are a real hard core RPG fan than this game isnt for you. The battles are repetitive and the story line is bland. Not to mentioin that there are ALOT of grammatical errors. Basically within an hour you'll be bored out your skull and angry that you spent your money. I do give the game this it HAD promise. The grapics are cute but once again all the towns look alike adding to the feeling that everything is the same. MY over all opinion is dont buy this if youre looking for an inovative RPG. If your a die hard fan of Inu Yahsa you may be able to find entertainment in this game...somewhere.... Full Review »