Parent reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

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Common Sense says

age 9+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 28 reviews

age 2+

Unoriginal, sometimes scary animated animal movie for kids.

Been there, done that; this movie recycles trite story lines seen in hit kids' movies, and doesn't nearly do them justice. The Wild follows yet another animated father and son, both wanting earnestly to win over the other. In fact, every element of the movie is recognizable from another, better one: The father must rescue his missing son (Finding Nemo). A group of city zoo animals travel to a jungle (Madagascar, not exactly better, just first). The bad characters perform "tribal" rituals and threaten violence (take your pick, including The Lion King and King Kong).
age 6+

Certainly Not The Best Zelda Title, But Still Worth Playing

I recently played through Phantom Hourglass once again, keeping in mind all the negative criticism that people have towards the game, and I honestly think they were over reacting. There’s so much to do in the game, even besides the main quest, like collect ship parts, fish, power up your sword using the Spirits, and fighting enemies. A thing that I feel that I have to mention, though, is that if you want a big, epic adventure like Ocarina of Time, a dark, twisted tale like Twilight Princess, or the somewhat maniacal, insane world of Majora’s Mask, than this is not the Zelda game for you. But, this game does serve a very, VERY important role in the Zelda canon, and a much needed genre for the series. In my opinion, other than the Four Swords Adventures manga, this is the only comedy base property in the Zelda Universe. This game features easily the best comic relief in the whole series, Captain Linebeck, who’s a sailor... That can’t swim. There’s also a fairy named Ciela, who gets in arguments with Linebeck quite often, which can result in some hilarious moments. Finally, you have Jolene, a feisty, she-pirate who used to be friends with Linebeck before he supposedly stole her treasure, which is shown in the Phantom Hourglass manga just to be a three year old piece of squid jerky. Now, there is the sometimes annoying Temple of The Ocean King, and the sailing can get a tiny but boring at times, but other than that, there is tons of fun to be had, and a solid edition to the Zelda canon to be uncovered!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Very enjoyable adventure game with good story and plenty of puzzles.

Another great Zelda DS title, Link is a positive role model for any child that may want to grow up to defend the weak against the tyranny of an oppressive monster regime. Any child that can read enough to follow the story and pick up hints given in conversation with the NPCs should enjoy hours of play on this.

This title has:

Great messages
age 9+

perfect for 10+ 9+ ok

love it

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+

Zelda rules!!

Link is a great role model. He always tries to do what's right and help others. This is an excellent game, as are all the Zelda games. However, this is probably my least favorite because of the repititon in the main dungeon. Even if you finish the dungeon once, you'll have to go back through it again and again for other tasks. This gets boring after a while. But other than that, good game. Great graphics!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

i must get this

since i know what most zelda games are like, i assume this is just as fun and review it as such. the only zelda i have complaints about is majora's mask. if you don't beat it in under 40 or 50 or something like that hours GAME OVER!!! yeah after dozens of hours that's right!
age 16+
not rated for age
not rated for age
not rated for age

Too Short

Great game but way too short. They have a milk bar where adults hang out and when you go there they say your a too young too be there. The violence isn't an issue at all. Ages 6 and older.