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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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Percy Jackson DS is a tactical game that puts you in command of Percy Jackson and his allies as they battle for survival in a world ruled by vengeful Greek gods. Explore the world, assemble your perfect team, then match wits and strength against fantastical opponents.


Manufacturer Activision Blizzard
Mfg Part# 76145
SKU 213685749
UPC 047875761452
UPC 14 00047875761452
Format Nintendo DS
Review Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief did not get the console movie-to-game treatment that children/teen movies usually get. Instead, all it got was a Nintendo DS release. And like most movie tie-in games, it falls a bit short of success...Percy Jackson tells the story of kids that are born as Demigods, or half human and half gods. Percy himself is the son of Poseidon, and he is accused by Zeus to be the thief of his famous lightning bolt...The game itself is strictly all turn-based combat. The player picks a spot on a map, usually marked with a star, indicating the next objective. Then the characters exchange words, of which there is a lot for a kids game, and move onto the battle. Anyone familiar with any Japanese role-playing game will feel right at home...Overall the battle system is fun, and does require some thought, when it comes to picking whether to use a turn to attack, or rather boost up the teams morale for a chance to use a team-based attack. Experience points are earned after every battle, allowing the player to upgrade any character from the party. The only problem with this system is that it doesn't know what type of crowd it wants to appeal to...Many young kids will feel that the combat is too slow, since the game is strictly turn-based combat. The omission of any sort of platforming might disappoint some as well. On the other hand, older players will feel like the game is too easy and too childish, and won't offer any real challenge. Percy Jackson pigeonholes its audience and may have a hard time drawing a large audience that accepts its niche gameplay...The visuals are adequate for the demographics it's trying to appeal to. However, it's a little disappointing, that there are few animations for each character, which means you will be seeing a lot of repeated animations, even though you are using different skills. The story is presented as static cutscenes that feature cel-shaded caricatures of each person, though hardly resembling their on screen counterpart...Percy Jackson is a nice little diversion. Though it doesn't offer in-depth gameplay, the battle system is entertaining enough to give it a shot.
Reviewer Michael Splechta
ReviewRating 6
Buffing and Healing: lead to powerful group attacks.
Cooperation: can be as important as strength.
Exploration: From Camp Half-Blood to Olympus and beyond, search your environment to unlock new areas and rewards.
Mythological Battles: Pit your team against outlandish foes and bestiary of the Percy Jackson franchise.
Teamwork: One team member's abilities set up another's to do extra damage.
Upgrades and Customization: An addictive leveling system lets you unlock new abilities and upgrades for all characters under your command.
Winning Battles and Completing Quests: Earn experience, which increases the level of the characters under your command.
Product Attributes
Game Format Nintendo DS
Game Genre Action
Quotes The fighting system is known from the Final Fantasy series and the story is very exciting.
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