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Starfy is yet one more toon in a long line of lovable Nintendo characters that we have all come to know and love. With his star-shaped sweetness, how can you resist giving this game a spin? The Legendary Starfy is a 2D platform game for the Nintentdo DS developed by TOSE, and is actually the fifth game in the Starfy series in Japan. Now that the game, and it's star, have made it to the US, how will it fair here? Well, so far, so good Starfy.
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Starfy is the prince of Pufftop, which is a cute little kingdom in the clouds. Everything is going along fine until a bunny in a space suit comes to visit and lets Starfy know that he's being chased by Shadow Goons. Starfy manages to send the goons flying with his sweet spinning attack, and his best friend, Moe, also decides to get in on the action. The two turn to talk to the bunny about the problem only to find that the bunny has taken off, diving deep down into the ocean below. The only course of action? Starfy and his buddies go in after him.
During the course of the game, the story will unfold as you go through all of the different areas to try and catch up with the bunny. You'll come across tons of characters - some friendly, and some not - that will help you through the game as well. You'll even find that your sister, Starly, will eventually come to help you on your quest as well, which makes the game even funner. When you do find Bunston the bunny, he and Starfy can team up and Starfy will become this monstrous fire-breathing thing that can defeat anything. So for the overall story line of the Legendary Starfy, I give it a 5 out of 5 as it's original and unique - even if it is a platform game.
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On the DS, most of the action in the Legendary Starfy will take place on the top screen. The good part about this is that you can use the bottom screen to call friends for help if you need it. The moves are basically easy to learn and use, although you do have to keep an eye on Starfy's spinning attack as he can get too dizzy! And, as you go through the game, you'll pick up even more abilities and skills to help you along, as well as costumes and even diary entries. There are great items that you can pick up, like treasure and pearls, that Moe will help you find (his eyes light up when you're getting close to something good). So, you can see that there are tons of great items that you'll gain during the course of the game play.
As far as areas go, the Legendary Starfy has platforms that are set on both land and underwater. This is a nice change from the majority of the platforms out there, as most are set on one or the other (except for the old school Super Mario Bros). There are tons of different things that are constantly going on in the game itself, which will keep just about anyone from getting bored, and the game play itself is great overall. So, my rating for the game play as it stands in the preview stage is a 5 out of 5 as I can't see where they might have made it better yet.
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As you can tell from the screenshots below, the graphics for the Legendary Starfy are superb. For a platform game for the DS, this is one that the developers actually took the time to do right. The colors are awesome, the lines are clear, and there are few glitches or pixel problems that you'll come across - if any at all. So, in terms of graphics, I give the Legendary Starfy a 5 out of 5 as well.
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For those that are interested in trying out a new platform game that is far above the rest, then I would recommend that you give the Legendary Starfy a try. This is one platform DS game that you will find easy to learn and play - yet still challenging enough to keep you coming back for more. Overall, I give the Legendary Starfy a 5 out of 5.