Reviews By Kids, For Kids: Dragon Quest IX DS: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest IX Sentinels of the Starry Skies is your basic medieval fantasy role playing game, with Magicians and Warriors and Martial Artists.

The game’s story is that you are an angel apprentice learning to protect mortals from monsters.  After a while, you become an actual angel and protect a town called Angel Falls.  When you go back to the Angels HQ, you find your old master and the chief angel talking, then head up to the ancient tree, Yggdrasil.  You decide to follow them.  When they are up there, they notice you tell you “You must see this, Yggdrasil is bearing fruit!”  While that is happening, the Starlight Express, a magical flying golden train, is circling the tree.  Suddenly, a dark beam shoots out from above and hits the Starlight Express and Yggdrasil, and the glowing fruit, you, and the Starlight Express all fall to the mortal world and you are stripped of most of your angel powers.  Then, you land in Angel Falls and begin your journey to get your powers back.

In the game there are 6 classes that can you start with, and 6 hidden classes.  The regular ones are Warrior, Priest, Magician, Martial Artist, Rogue, and Minstrel.  The only hidden class I have unlocked is Gladiator.  To get Gladiator, you have to use dragon slash at highest tension to a slime and kill it.  You must do that three times. Anyway, a Warrior can use a sword only.  A Gladiator can use an axe, hammer or sword – I recommend the sword.  A Martial Artist can use a pole, claw, fisticuffs, or fan – I recommend claw.  Magicians can use a staff or a wand, and Priests can use staffs or poles.  Minstrels can use fans or swords.

I like Dragon Quest IX because you can also, if you have a brother or sister, link to other people’s worlds.  Example: I can link to my brother’s world and help him do his story.  The link range is about 30 feet.  I also like that the game is very long, and if you beat the game there are many side stories.

I recommend Dragon Quest IX for ages 8 and up.

Reviewed by Peter, age 11

 

A little more information about Dragon Quest IX

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is a Nintendo DSi game, released on 7/11/10, and rated E 10+.  Because it was one of the top rated games, all of my boys decided to buy it and have played it consistently.

DQ IX is an RPG (role playing game) with an epic storyline, and 3rd person oriented turn-based battles, including a combo/multiplier system.  The more monsters your character defeats, the stronger they become.  One of the features my kids love is that DQ IX allows you to customize your character’s gender, hair, face, body style, and equips.  You also get to choose your job – each with its own unique strengths, weaknesses, spells, and skills.  They also love that they can all play together using multiplayer, which allows up to 4 players to play together in cooperative gameplay mode using a local wireless connection.

Unlike some RPGs where you follow a set path each time to beat the game, with DQ IX gameplay can be different for each player, each time through.  Players encounter different stories based on their choices in game – which NPCs they interact with and which quests they choose.  Essential to the storyline and game progression, quests unlock rare items and hidden occupations and are either earned through gameplay, or can be downloaded.

DQ IX was designed with online functionality, and has a wireless feature that allows you to download new items and quests every day.  Using wireless broadband Internet access, players can visit an online shop to buy new items (using in-game money) or download (for free) additional quests.  Quests vary between continuing the main storyline, side quests, standalone missions, or seasonal themes.  As a parent, I appreciate that the online shop was designed to use in-game currency, and not real cash.

One feature my kids haven’t used yet is Tag Mode, which allows you to passively share content with other players.  Tag Mode allows players to keep the game active, even with their DSi stored in their pocket, or backpack.  “When two players come within range of one another, Tag Mode enables them to wirelessly–and automatically–exchange character information, customized greetings and treasure maps. These treasure maps allow players to find otherwise inaccessible dungeons called grottoes featuring special boss monsters and even rare items“.  All in good time.

DS IX is well rated, well designed, and fun to play.  If your child is looking for a good E rated DS game, check it out.  And if you’re kids get stuck, don’t forget you can always access the FAQs and forums at Gamefaqs for a quick assist.

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    […] Most gamers are probably playing Halo:Reach, which was just released, but my kids are still too young to be playing M rated games.  There are some good E rated games just released, most notably, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future and Metroid: Other M.  If you don’t have an Xbox or an iPod Touch, you can also check out Plants vs. Zombies on PC, at Popcap games.  Our review of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is here. […]


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