• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2006
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  • Summary: The klaxon alarm is shrieking! Something is wrong! The Professor wrestles his damaged spaceship to a crash landing on a mysterious planet. In the aftermath of the crash, The Professor discovers that the power sources of his ship, known as Cells, have been scattered across the surface of thisThe klaxon alarm is shrieking! Something is wrong! The Professor wrestles his damaged spaceship to a crash landing on a mysterious planet. In the aftermath of the crash, The Professor discovers that the power sources of his ship, known as Cells, have been scattered across the surface of this strange world. To retrieve them all, The Professor enlists the aid of a brave young man named Terry — and a brave video game player known as you! The Professor and Terry will ask for your help during the course of the adventure, using the Nintendo DS to "contact" you along the way. Will The Professor gather the Cells and return to outer space? Will you learn the goal of the mysterious organization that seeks to gather the Cells for itself? The future of an entire world has been placed in your hands. [Atlus] Expand
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  • Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Console-style RPG, Console-style RPG, Japanese-Style
  • # of players: 8 Online
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  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Such games are rare, and I consider Contact to be a triumph of development. But, putting aside my assessment of its artistic merit, Contact is really just a fun, engaging RPG that Nintendo DS owners have been waiting for ever since the system was released.
  2. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    87
    It's got a gripping story, simple combat system and uses the dual screens in inventive ways. Highly recommended. [Dec 2006, p.92]
  3. 80
    For those with patience, a good sense of direction, and an interest in the obscure, you owe it to yourself to try the game out. If you have a short temper or enjoy the mundane, it's best you avoid making contact with this one.
  4. Nintendo Gamer
    70
    An RPG that dares to be different, plot-wise, but still starts you off fighting worms and skellingtons in cobwebby old dungeons. [Dec 2006, p.38]
  5. Game Informer
    70
    This isn't going to change the world, but far be it for me to condemn it for being a run-of-the-mill RPG with a fun sense of humor. [Oct. 2006, p.114]
  6. A promisingly strange premise gives Contact a strong start, but the often-boring combat and exploration sequences that ensue just don't live up to it.
  7. games(TM)
    50
    If only as much imagination had been applied to the gameplay as the narrative. [Dec 2006, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. May 2, 2014
    10
    This game is great. It perfects the RPG reward system, as well as the game-play formula for the RPG.

    It's a unique game. The level-up
    This game is great. It perfects the RPG reward system, as well as the game-play formula for the RPG.

    It's a unique game. The level-up system is definitely done well, and quite well done. The level design could be a little more complex, the immersion is good, the graphics design is quite unique, and the game-play is based on a unique aspect. Costumes. No, I don't mean costumes from Party City. Suits would be a better term. They give abilities that can be leveled up. I can see the time put into this game. A good 95/100.
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  2. LukeF.
    Oct 19, 2006
    10
    This game is simply a masterpiece incoorperating different visual styles and a great story.
  3. Tropixxxxx
    Aug 21, 2008
    10
    I am not done with the game yet, but I find it, so far, to be very, very good. It keeps my attention and makes me want to keep on playing.I am not done with the game yet, but I find it, so far, to be very, very good. It keeps my attention and makes me want to keep on playing. Evry time I turn it off, I just can't wait to play again. When I play other games, (not Contact), I feel as if I should stop playing these games, and only play Contact. This is by far the best DS game I have ever played! I would suggest it to ANYONE!!! Expand
  4. ThomasM.
    Oct 23, 2006
    8
    The automated combat system works fine, considering you can still maneuver and choose other commands such as items or special attacks. The The automated combat system works fine, considering you can still maneuver and choose other commands such as items or special attacks. The eccentric storyline and inventory put this game on a higher tier than other "by the numbers" RPG's. It's just so fun! And the graphics are easy on the eyes. Expand
  5. J.
    Dec 30, 2006
    8
    This game had me frustrated (in a good way) and generally kept me entertained, but also disappointed me in some areas. It reduces the This game had me frustrated (in a good way) and generally kept me entertained, but also disappointed me in some areas. It reduces the complications of other RPGs, but in the process removes some of the fun you might find in fighting systems with features like full spell casting (though there are some "special moves" you can use). While the storyline is fun it is a bit insane and gets you wondering what the heck is going. It also feels a bit thrown together sometimes. This game isn't for everybody, but for me it was worth the money. Some of the fun comes after you beat it you can get items that you may have missed during the regular course of game play, get "girlfriends" and play a few fun "mini-games" scattered throughout the world. Expand
  6. MatthewG.
    Oct 25, 2006
    8
    Although it is short the first time through, there are still further secrets and interesting things to occupy your time long after finishing Although it is short the first time through, there are still further secrets and interesting things to occupy your time long after finishing the game. Amazing music, great humour, and wonderful ending! Expand
  7. May 10, 2018
    3
    + The music is pretty good.
    - The story is pretty throw away.
    - The game play is pretty automatic and very grind heavy. - Running around
    + The music is pretty good.
    - The story is pretty throw away.
    - The game play is pretty automatic and very grind heavy.
    - Running around the same area, killing the same enemies to grind is boring.
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#25 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
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#9 Most Shared DS Game of 2006