The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks
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Game Reviewed: The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: Nintendo DS
Category: Action Adventure
ESRB Rating: E10+
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(Warning: Review contains story spoilers.)
The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks is the second Zelda game to hit the Nintendo DS. This time, our hero, Link begins the game as an apprentice to become an official train engineer in the land of Hyrule. The adventure begins with Link going to Hyrule Castle to take part in a ceremony to receive his engineer’s certificate from Princess Zelda. After the ceremony is over, Zelda takes Link aside and tells him that the Spirit Tracks that cover the land are starting to disappear. Now this brings to question, what are the Spirit Tracks and why does it matter that they are disappearing?
It is said that long ago when Hyrule was first settled, a battle took place between the spirits of good and the Demon King. The spirits of good were not able to destroy the demon king, but they were able to subdue him into the ground. Giant shackles held the Demon King in place and a tower known as the Tower of Spirits acted as the lock. These shackles became known as the Spirit Tracks, also used as train tracks over the land of Hyrule.
Back to Zelda and Link, Zelda asks Link to take her to Tower of Spirits to investigate the disappearance of the Spirit Tracks. On the way, the chancellor of Hyrule, Chancellor Cole intercepts them and uses an ancient dark magic to separate Zelda’s spirit from her body. Cole then steals away with her body. His plan is to use her body as a host for the Demon King to make his return.
Thus Link and the spirit of Zelda set out on an adventure to restore the Tower of Spirits, restore the Spirit Tracks and restore Zelda to her body.
What Parents Need to Know
The game is played from a third person point of view. The player uses the stylus to point Link in the direction he/she wants Link to go in and then Link follows. The primary weapon that Link uses is his sword. The player taps on an enemy with the stylus to make Link attack. Other examples of types of weapons that Link uses are boomerang, bow and arrow and bombs.
Also, when Link is driving the train, he has access to a cannon on the train that shoots bombs.
When an enemy is defeated it simply disappears in a puff of smoke.
No bad language.
No inappropriate sexual content.
As was stated in the game summary, Zelda’s spirit is separated from her body because the Demon King wants to use her body as a host. This happens towards the end of the game in a battle in which Link has to shoot Zelda’s possessed body using the bow of light to free her body.
There is a fortune teller in one part of the game where the fortune teller asks the player some questions. The player then speaks in to the DS’s microphone to answer the questions. The fortune teller then gives a hint as to what to do next in the game.
When in spirit form Zelda has the power to possess stone statues called phantoms. The player can then use these phantoms to help Link access different parts of the level.
To get the Spirit Tracks to reappear back on the land, Link must go through different temples such as the forest temple and snow temple. At the end of each temple, Link must play a song on his spirit flute which is done by the player blowing into the DS’s microphone. The song that is played makes the spirit tracks reappear.
As for family content, on the positive side, Spirit Tracks offers a fun and challenging game with no bad language, no inappropriate sexual content and no blood and gore. On the negative side, however, the game deals with spirit possession and some other spiritual content that some parents may not be comfortable with. Please use the above information when weighing out if Spirit Tracks is a good fit for your family or not.