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Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Less bloody than console but still violent.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Not bad (sort of)

This game is not bad, in the sense of violence. The game itself is bad, trying to be a free roaming game on the DS which doesn't work, although I've heard that Assassins Creed II Discovery on DS is good but I have yet to try it

Is It Any Good?

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At the start, most players will likely be impressed by the striking 3-D environments and characters, which are easily counted among the best yet created for Nintendo's two-screened handheld. It's a gorgeous game full of detailed buildings and accurately scaled people who move with motion-captured fluidity and grace. Indeed, controlling Altaïr as he moves around city environments is like playing in a giant urban jungle gym -- a video game version of parkour. The problem, as is unfortunately the case in many action/adventure games designed for the DS, is that the system's minute screen is just too tiny for what the developers wanted to do. For starters, we can't really see more than about 10 yards in front of or behind of Altaïr, which means many of our jumps are made with blind faith that there will be a platform for our hero to land on.

Aside from jumping, climbing, and fighting, the only other activities in Altaïr's Chronicles are little mini-games that make use of the DS' touch screen. One sees players interrogating enemies by touching pressure points on a drawing of a human back, while another involves pickpocketing other characters by looking at a close-up of the contents of their bags and using the stylus to drag the desired item through a clutter of objects. Both are somewhat silly and unrealistic but can be surprisingly challenging. Still, they get a little tiresome after the first couple of times you play them.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: February 5, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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