Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)
Manufacturer: Square Enix Part number: 90612
- Groomed for his debut starring role in North America, the loveable slime from the Dragon Quest series embarks on a colorful quest filled with humor and excitement for players of all ages. Set in the delightful kingdom of Boingburg, players will encounter a wacky and loveable cast of 100 unique slimes and dozens of different enemies. With its simplified controls, ... Read more
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by metablackdragon on October 5, 2006
Pros: great story, great humor, fun for all
Cons: too short, too easy
Summary: You play as Rocket a slime. You go out and try to find your 100 friends. The gameplay consits of electro blasting monsters, items, and your follow slimes in chest. ...
Summary: You play as Rocket a slime. You go out and try to find your 100 friends. The gameplay consits of electro blasting monsters, items, and your follow slimes in chest. The game is set up in stages and have some simple puzzles to keep them entertaining. The monsters and items you throw on the carts help you later and the more slimes you save expands the town. After you play for a while you will get a tank and that is where the items come into affect. The items you throw in the cannon try and hit the other tank thus srtagey comes into play. This is where most of the big battles take place. You do have a few on the other map but most in the tank. This is a great game for any dragon quest fan or someone who wants to be a slime.
by Phantasystar77 on October 3, 2006
Pros: The tank battles
Cons: Graphics could be abit better in some areas
Summary: Up until last June or so, I had never heard of Rocket Slime. However, that all changed once the focus of "Slime Knights" (a Square Enix promotional team im part ...
Summary: Up until last June or so, I had never heard of Rocket Slime. However, that all changed once the focus of "Slime Knights" (a Square Enix promotional team im part of) changed from "Dragon Quest 8" to "Rocket Slime". So, since then my interest in the game has peaked since learning more about it. Fortunately, despite not even owning a DS as of yet, I bought the game off someone who was ready to trade it in. I was able to use a DS off someone in order to play through the game enough to write a review though. While I havent beaten the game as of yet, i've played more then enough to give my opinion on it.
Ok, the first thing that came to mind when I booted this game up was that it looked like Zelda. A Link to The Past to be exact. Only Link looked like a blue slime (Rocket), rather then a Keebler Elf in white tights. And while I did feel the gameplay different quite abit from the Nintendo classic, I think Zelda fans would do good to check this one out. From all i've played, your character Rocket can do quite abit to get him through his journey. Being a slime not restricted by bone, he has the ability to stretch his self, stun enemies by snapping into them, and lift enemies and objects.
Perhaps the best aspect of RS is the tank battles. These are pretty deep, but not deep enough to scare off newbies or young kids There's various ammo types players can use for their tanks, and you also have the ability to customize your tank somewhat by using rescued allies to enhance it.The whole tank aspect of the game is something i'd like to see more of in a sequel someday. Heck, i'd love to see a RS game based entirely on it.
Musicly, the game has sorta a bouncy soundtrack to it. While I didn't feel much of it was too memorable, I also didn't find any of it annoying. Best of all though, it fits the content of the game, and thats important.
In the end, I would highly reccomend Rocket Slime to anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted adventure for their DS. Even if you have never played anything in the "Dragon Quest" series, you'll most likely enjoy the game.
Rocket Slime will blast you out of your chair!
by Morridor on September 29, 2006
Pros: Very addictive, simple control gives enjoyable gameplay, very quirky and funny!
Cons: A little predictable at times, only has one save file.
Summary: The town of Boinsburg is under attack! Giant metal balls are destroying the buildings and every slime except for Rocket has been captured in treasure chests. The Plob has taken ...
Summary: The town of Boinsburg is under attack! Giant metal balls are destroying the buildings and every slime except for Rocket has been captured in treasure chests. The Plob has taken over Slimenia and is trying to get rid of slimes all together. How can you save your slimey friends?
As Rocket, you go around Slimenia looking for the treasure chests that contain your slime friends. Then you pick them up and throw the on the TranSlimenian Railway to send them back to town. The main point of this game is to repopulate Boinsburg (the Slime's town) with your slime friends as well as collecting as many objects and monsters as you can.
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime has so many different things to do in the game that It's gameplay is just amazing. It was based off of Zelda games, so it is a little simplistic and easy to pick up and learn; however, that's what makes the gameplay so much fun. There's the normal attack which is called Elasto Blast, but as you go through the game, you realize exactly how much you can do with just this one attack. Because of the Elasto Blast, you can put things on top of your head to carry. There is an extremely large number of items and monsters you can put on your head and what makes the game even better is that some objects do different things when you throw them off you head. The heavy weights shake the ground and flip some monsters over; Chimera Wings fly objects or monsters back to town. However, will all of that just by putting things on your head, there are also Tank Battles you have to play! These are quite fast paced and very fun. You use objects that you have collected as ammo to shoot at the enemy tank. Not only that, but you can shoot yourself, your friends, or your enemies out of the tank as well. You can infiltrate the enemy tank and destroy their computers. This is one of the best parts of the game. The tank battles provide a lot of fun as well as a good challenge. You can customize your ammo and upgrade your tank and you can play the tank battles as much as you want until you are satisfied. You also get items for replaying tank battles so that you still get rewarded!
Tank battles can be quite challenging and whereas it's rather difficult to actually die, the tank battles actually are hard to win. The difficulty of the puzzles in the game are somewhat easy as well but they do make you think about what you're doing.
The soundtrack to the game is very fun. There are tracks that will give you nostalgia to the older Dragon Quest games, but there are new tracks that you love to listen to play for hours. There is one track that is a little weird because of the vocal noises that are played in it, but it fits the situation that it plays in. The music adds to the enjoyment of the game as well as the immersion into the Dragon Quest world.
The storyline is rather simplistic, but it's the simplicity that makes the game amazing. Even though the storyline is basically rebuilding the town, there are conflicts and different situations that add more depth than you would think out of such a cute game like this. Overall, this game is very addictive just because you want to collect everything. I actually got stuck playing this game for 4 hours straight before I realized that I had homework to finish. Even then, I didn't to put it down. There are great little references in the game to pop culture and other video games. One of the tanks that is a tree is named "Chrono Twigger." The small little Easter Eggs like this just make you smile. This game is filled with comedy and it's overall a very enjoyable game. This is a treasure that might be buried in the DS line-up and it's much better a game than it comes off as. It lives up to the hype it had and the high reviews don't lie. This game will make you addicted to it where you'll want to play it every chance you get. I never played my DS on the train before until I got this game. I just couldn't go that long without playing it!
by rika95 on September 27, 2006
Pros: Packed with humor; Easy to pick up and play; Challenge feels about right.
Cons: Not much replay value; Only one save file per game
Summary: Rocket Slime is ball of laughter and fun. It is full of puns and goofiness. Throughout the game is silly dialog amongst members of the Plob who act like well ...
Summary: Rocket Slime is ball of laughter and fun. It is full of puns and goofiness. Throughout the game is silly dialog amongst members of the Plob who act like well intentioned idiots. The music during these encounters shifts to emphasize the goofiness of the Plob gang trying to act cool. At various points in the game, you battle in tanks. The titles and subtitles of the tanks are puns and comedic references that pertain to American culture and Square Enix games. Even the sound effects of the main character, Rocket, amuse the ears. I love the “boing” sound that Rocket makes when bouncing around. The colorful cartoon style of the graphics completes the package of emphasizing the light-heartedness of Rocket Slime.
This game is a spin-off title of the Dragon Quest series, which are normally RPGs. However, Rocket Slime differs from the series because it is an action adventure title. Unlike most Dragon Quest games, Rocket Slime can be conquered within far less than 100 hours. It took me 28 hours to beat the game, and most people complete it within 20 hours. The straightforwardness of Rocket Slime hinders replay value. Another drawback is that starting a new game requires erasing the old game file, first. Folks wanting to start over, but keep all past progress saved, are out of luck.
I like the challenge presented in Rocket Slime. It is neither too hard nor too easy. Enemy movements during the adventure portions of the game are predictable enough to dodge their attacks. After clearing considerable portions of a level, you can jump into warp holes to open short cuts to earlier parts of the stage. This makes it easy to save the game & quickly return to the same point at a later time. At various locations, Rocket finds fruit that increase his max life. Just like in Zelda, hearts represent life. Unlike Zelda, Rocket doesn’t use a bunch of tools during his adventure. Rocket uses his body as a weapon. Also, most enemies don’t hurt him unless their attacks hit him. In general, it takes three physical attacks to kill an enemy, but an even quicker way to take care of a baddy is to drop it onto the train to Slimenia. He does that by first ramming into an enemy. This bounces it into the air. If Rocket catches it, he then carries it on his head. Rocket can carry up three monsters/items on his head at one time. He can throw the bottom item/monster at any time, and he can rearrange their order with a shoulder button. Some items give Rocket special abilities when he carries them on his head. For example, a SlimeKnight allows him to fight with its sword, and cloak makes him invisible to enemies. When Rocket throws an item/monster at an enemy, it inflicts damage. However, tossed enemies resume attacking Rocket once he no longer carries them on his head.
The challenge in Rocket Slime is greatest during tank battles, which require careful planning ahead of time. You pick all the ammo to use in your tank, and you decide which three characters would accompany you for tank battles. You acquire ammo during the adventure portion of the game by sending various items home via the train to Slimenia. Better ammo can be created through the use of alchemy. The characters that join you during tank battles help by loading ammo into cannons, launching themselves at the enemy tank, sneaking into the enemy tank & sabotaging its weapons system, healing your party, etc. Each character can do one or two of these things, hence the importance of careful planning ahead of time.
At some point, you can participate in tournament in which you fight other tanks, but you get to pick any tank to use during battles. You could also compete against friends in tank battles. However, folks like me that don’t have friends close by are out of luck, because there is no wi-fi for multiplayer battles. Other bonuses in Rocket Slime including a surfing mini-game and paintings you can draw on. In the surfing mini-game, the goal is to collect as many coins as possible within a limited time frame. When drawing over paintings, you use the touching screen to draw directly onto it. (That is probably the only time the touch screen is used.)
Rocket Slime may not make much use of touching the touch screen, but the game makes good use of the dual screens visually. During the adventure portion of the game, the top screen serves as a menu, while the action appears on the bottom screen. During tank battles, the top screen shows the ammo being launched from each of the tanks, while the bottom screen shows Rocket and the area he is at. You manually load ammo at the bottom screen, but use the top screen to strategize on which cannon and ammo to use. Not using the touch screen much keeps the game simple enough for practically anybody to play.
A Fun, addicting game that anyone can enjoy!
by xXEnvyOurLoveXx on September 26, 2006
Pros: Colorful and attractive world, lot's of things to do/collect. Addictive Gameplay.
Cons: Multiplayer lacks single card support. Game can be short if you rush.
Summary: After the huge success of Dragon Quest VIII in North America, audiences get to be treated to something fairly different. While nothing like the main series, being a spinoff and ...
Summary: After the huge success of Dragon Quest VIII in North America, audiences get to be treated to something fairly different. While nothing like the main series, being a spinoff and all, this game still provides an exiting adventure, and is just what some have been waiting for on the Nintendo DS!
Meet Rocket, he's a slime. That's right, a slime. This game stars slimes (and other fiends from Dragon Quest!). They live in their own little world, peacefully and happily. As expected, all of the characters are filled with a lot of character, which is one of the things that makes Rocket Slime so appealing! Just about each character has come to life through some of the best localization in years! The cute creatures and their home island are brimming with life!
The gameplay is fairly standard. Rocket Slime does not feature much touch screen use (aside from some really engrossing minigames!). The gameplay is fairly standard and you will be able to do just about everything with the A button. While difficult to explain, you can pick up enemies (and allies) with the A button as well. There are also puzzles and the sort. This simply gameplay can get extremely addicitng, but what's more stunning is the tank battles!
Eventually you and your enemies will roll into their tanks and have a free for all. This is when the game gets exiting as there is action flying all over the place. The game gets fun, crazy, and all out whacky! There is also a lot of customization for RPG Enthusiasts, such as ammo, tank, and character options.
The graphics, while only a step above GBA graphics, look great. (Especially on the DS Lite! Note to everyone: GET A DS LITE!!!) The world of the slimes is brilliantly created. Animations are also whacky and fun.
The sound is fair as well, tunes are happy and fun, suiting this game's overall theme.
Rocket Slime is at best, simply put, fun. While the game takes only a dozen or so hours to complete, those who want everything will be spending MUCH MUCH longer. This game is perfect for kids, those looking for a fun DS game, RPG enthusiasts, Square Enix Fans, or Dragon Quest Fanatics. GET ROCKET SLIME NOW!!
Rocket Slime is a great new addition to the DQ world
by rpggamer79 on September 20, 2006
Pros: Great addictive gameplay
Cons: possibly too short? Under 20hrs?
Summary: After a few hours of playing this game I am very happy to have bought Rocket Slime. The game has some old school elements that Dragon Quest fans will pick ...
Summary: After a few hours of playing this game I am very happy to have bought Rocket Slime. The game has some old school elements that Dragon Quest fans will pick up on right away along with some new things as well that new fans will enjoy. The game play is cute and very entertaining as you control one of Dragon Quest’s most famous monsters, a slime. The slime’s name is Rocket and it is his job to save 100 of his townspeople who are also slimes from the “Plob”. The Plob is a mafia type group run by Don Clawleone.
The control of the game is fresh and entertaining and takes only a few minutes to get acquainted with the basic controls of Rocket. Rocket is able to pick up objects to throw them, smash into them, and also float around. Rocket can also unlock and explore a cute little world filled with creatures.
Another really fun aspect to the game is the Tank battles. These battles are very entertaining as you take your tank, The Schlieman Tank and battle various members of the Plob on your quest to save your fellow slimes. You use ammo that you collected from dungeons and such and control Rocket while shooting 2 cannons at your enemy. The tank battles also use items you have found and or created in the game using alchemy to combine items into more powerful items. The tank battles also have a fun multiplayer option to battle your friends and their own tanks.
The graphics in Rocket Slime are not pushing the envelope for DS capabilities but and great none the less. This game is perfectly suited for the DS and I could not imagine this game being capable on any other system.
Sound/music in Rocket slime is very cute and upbeat. Fans of the series will notice little chimes and sounds from previous DQ games. The sound does a good job in playing on the feel of the moment and is the type of music that you will catch yourself humming though out the day!
Overall the game is very entertaining and a great addition to the Dragon Quest series. You meet lots of cute characters, the story is filled with a little bit of humor and subtle clichés, and the look of the game is a welcome addition on the DS. If you are a fan of the Dragon Quest series, Zelda (Yes I did say Zelda) or just looking for a great little adventure game you owe it to yourself to pick this game up! On a score from 1 to 10 on this game, this game gets a solid 9.0.