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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: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  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. 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
  5. 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
  6. ChristofferL
    Jul 28, 2009
    6
    This is the weirdest wario game ever made, and I hardly love it. Only 10 unreplayable episodes, bosses without challenge (except Sprinx 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. 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