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Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

High-quality action RPG with some mild fantasy combat.

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This may be a remake of a sequel that came out 15 years ago but that’s no reason for younger players to avoid it; there are no vital connections to other entries in the franchise. Plus, it’s a good game. Polished polygonal graphics give depth to the game’s world, characters engage in intelligent and emotional dialogue, and a neat level boosting feature ensures less experienced players won’t get stuck on harder battles.

The sole weak spot may be combat. Simply jamming on buttons to repeatedly attack foes can get a little repetitive. However, the game’s frequent environmental puzzles serve as a nice break between fights, forcing players to stop and think rather than just constantly attack. Much of what’s here will probably feel a bit derivative to genre veterans, but that doesn’t mean it’s not well executed. Action RPG lovers will be well served.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release date: October 12, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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