The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

a.k.a. ゼルダの伝説 大地の汽笛 / Zelda no Densetsu: Daichi no Kiteki

published by Nintendo in 2009-12, developed by Nintendo EAD, running on Nintendo DS
type: action/reflex
genre: Cartoon, Fantasy, Zelda universe, Action-Adventure
series: Legend of Zelda
perspective: other bird's-eye
player options: single player
languages: eng ger ita spa
4.2/5

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Official description

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks sets hero Link on a daring new adventure. The game provides players with a new story, more puzzles and even a new mode of transportation. In this game, Link voyages by train, which offers up new possibilities for problem-solving. The game has the same look and feel established in Phantom Hourglass. Link has a valuable new companion. While navigating dungeons, he's accompanied by a Phantom, a hulking suit of armor that responds to his commands. Players can tap the Phantom to take command of him, then draw a line on the touch screen to direct him where to go. The stout Phantom can walk through fire or lava, be used as a platform to carry Link above dangers, or even run interference to block Link from harm. When Link conducts the train, players enjoy a satisfying combination of action and real-time puzzle solving as they determine which track to take and how to best manipulate their speed. When on the train, Link must plot the best route to the end of the line around ever-moving obstacles. While en route, Link might need to fire an onboard cannon at enemies who attack the train or sound the whistle to scare animals off the tracks. Link uses a variety of new items and weapons, including the Whirlwind, which players activate by blowing into the microphone of the Nintendo DS system. As with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, players can draw notes on the in-game maps using the stylus on the touch screen.
# 2009-12-13 20:45:54 - official description

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TEMPORARY DESCRIPTION
A game in development that Nintendo aims to publish in 2009. It looks to include standard Zelda dungeons and combat with swords, boomerangs and such. But also adds a steam locomotive and rail roads. It takes advantage of the DS' features. As can be seen in one of the previews, a line is draw that one of Link's (though he is wearing what looks to be a Mario cap) allies follows while fighting an enemy. Link is then able to move behind the enemy while it is occupied with his ally's attacks. As for the train, it is eqiped with a cannon which is useful because several Hyrule creatures appear to have adapted to block train tracks.
(Zerothis) - # 2009-03-26 10:13:45

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External reviews (2) - average: 90%

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IGN2009*9.3/1093%
Metacritic2009*87/10087%
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