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Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Wii Game Review

by: Ange P. ; edited by: Aaron R. ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The popular Japanese series Dragon Quest Swords has transported itself to the Nintendo Wii System. In DQ Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors players use the Wii remote to slash slime monsters into scattered bits. Take on the quest to save the Queen in this light-hearted RPG.

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    Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors allows gamers to enter a virtual fairy tale. In this light-hearted RPG players begin as a young boy embarking on an adventure that will transform him into a man. He’s requested to rescue the queen who’s been troubled by a secret mask. No one can seem to help her and her son, Prince Anlane, is desperate. He decides to join you in your quest along with the beautiful Fleurette. Together you must face a dangerous journey battling evil golems and slime monsters.

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    Players begin in the city of Avalonia. Here you can explore and exchange armor and magic. When you venture into other areas exploration is limited. There’s a set path for you to follow or teleport to. Combat in DQ Swords is completely random. Adorable brightly colored slime monsters stumble into your path or jump at you from shrubbery along the passage way. To attack these enemies simply move the Wii Remote in a slashing direction towards the screen. All battles are random so you never know when a fight is approaching. As players travel there are coins they can collect. Accumulation of points and level progression allows additional powers and company to be used in your quest. Your fellow comrades can assist you in combat or heal an injury. There are also several mini-games in DQ Swords. The ‘Slime Crisis’ and ‘Dart Attack’ games add a fun arcadish appeal to this fantasy style RPG.

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    Graphics & Sound

    Square Enix did an amazing job bringing traditional story book visuals to life. The vividly detailed towering castle with a grassy hills and light blue skies as the backdrop build upon the fairy tale theme in DQ Swords. Dungeons are dark and grisly. The anime design of the characters mesh well with the rest of the graphics in the game. The voice acting is well done. Staying with the royal theme all of the characters have cute British accents. The sound effects are very nice. Every step, click, and clank is accounted for.

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    DQ Swords: Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

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    Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors takes full advantage of the Nintendo Wii’s remote control abilities during gameplay. Square Enix utilized the Wii remote’s motion sensor ability to perfect sword chops, lunges, and accurate defense maneuvers as well. The controls operate easily. Players simply flick or stroke the Wii remote towards incoming enemies to attack. Each swing your sword slashes your opponent. To fend off strikes hit the A button to bring up your protective shield. DQ Swords does not use the Nunchunk attachment during play. You move through the environments using the D-pad.

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    Overall Rating:

    Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is a fantastic beginner game for players unfamiliar with the RPG genre. It’s cheerful upbeat plot sets an environment suitable for children, teens, and adult gamers, and the graphics are breathtaking. Gameplay is consistent with this type of hack’n slash. The controls run smoothly on the Wii giving players the complete DQ Swords gaming experience. Fans of the Dragon Quest series will love this fun Nintendo Wii console edition.