Guest Author - Lisa Shea
Custom Robo Arena DS is a casual RPG merged with a great robot battling system. You get to create custom robots, upgrade them, and then send them into combat.
The storyline is fairly straightforward. You're the new kid in town, and your parents give you a new robot as a gift. Right away you're drawn into the local team battles, with one team needing your help. You discover you have a talent for robot battles and begin moving your way through battle after battle.
The roaming around town aspect is fun and relaxed. There are lots of kids for you to talk with, and lots of little storylines to learn about. On the other hand, if you're bored with talking to people, you can walk past most of them and just get to the battle parts.
For a battle, you get an arena setting with obstacles and walls. You run around the arena shooting and blasting at your enemy, jumping out of the way. The customization really makes this quite fun.
The graphics and storyline are very kid friendly. I love the training as you go that they set up. Where other games can be quite confusing to start with, Custom Robo Arena DS does a great job of easing you into the system without boring you to death. You start with just a few things to remember, and they build on from there. I give them a lot of kudos for that.
The music is a casual techno song - not too thrilling, but not bad either. You can always turn down the volume if you're not a fan.
Gamers who are used to ultra violent, very complicated mech warrior games might be disappointed - but that's not the target audience here. This is a gentler robot battle system for a wider audience.
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