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Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

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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.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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. Play Magazine
    90
    This is one(more)DS game not to be missed. [Apr 2007, p.59]
  2. 80
    Master of Disguise is a textbook on using the touch-screen to revamp traditional genres -- fans of off-beat action games are going to love it.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    68
    Plenty of typically interesting Wario ideas in another original and amusing platformer, but it's spoiled by a deeply uncomfortable and annoying control system. [Apr 2007, p.54]
  4. It’s a shame to see great anti-heroes fall to such depths.
  5. 60
    Not particularly a very good Nintendo release. Its design might attempt a DS-specific presentation, but the implementation of the touch screen elements is so amateurish with concepts that wouldn't have flown in the early part of the Nintendo DS system's life cycle.
  6. While Master of Disguise may look like a Wario platformer on the surface, the game is plagued by terrible pacing, obfuscated level design, and unsatisfying controls. If you're not going to do a Wario game right, Nintendo, don't do it at all.
  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: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Aug 1, 2019
    10
    its goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood game ok for real why is it hated so much
  2. Aug 1, 2019
    10
    I liked it it was really gooood so yeah its good its good its good good good
  3. AlexS.
    May 27, 2007
    10
    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 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
  4. PurpleWind
    Apr 14, 2008
    9
    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 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
  5. Apr 20, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very interesting game, atmosphere’s great in this game. The mechanics are very futuristic using drawing to give Wario a suit. It’s nice to see Wario in the light of a hero... or villain, i’m not sure. This game was very challenging, starting with level 1. There was not a nice build-up of difficulty. It started hard and it ended hard. There was not an option to simplify the process, unlike other nintendo games. But overall the difficulty could make you enjoy the game more. If you’ve finished the last level, you could enjoy a selection of mini-games you already know. It is one of the best game of the Wario franchize and needs way more appreciation. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2012
    7
    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 niceThis 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
  7. TonyG.
    Mar 13, 2007
    0
    pure poop... touch controls are horrible and boring. nintendo needs to focus more on the game than gimmicky control. horrendous.

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#31 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
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#12 Most Shared DS Game of 2007