Overlord: Minions Preview for the Nintendo DS

Overlord was released in 2007 for the PC and Xbox 360 and later ported to the Playstation 3 in 2008. The title is an adventure game where you control a group of evil minions to do your bidding. Thanks to its unique gameplay and great humor, Overlord was well received by critics. The original game became so successful that a sequel was announced.
While the sequel is only being developed for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, the Nintendo DS is getting its version designed specifically to take advantage of the handheld system’s strengths. So can Overlord: Minions successfully bring the unique experiences of Overlord and Overlord II to the portable market? Find out in this preview of the exclusive Nintendo DS game.

Story
The story follows the four elite minions: Blaze, Giblet, Stench and Zap. As the overlord, Gnarl, you directly control this team of misfits in order to stop the opposing Silas from resurrecting the dragon and threatening your rule. You can expect the same type humor found in the series for Overlord: Minions.

Graphics
As expected, Overlord: Minions doesn’t look nearly as good as Overlord and Overlord II on the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The visual limitations of the Nintendo DS make the game a little rough looking with its pixilated 3D polygons. It is a passable attempt for a Nintendo DS game, however.

Sound
Just like the original game, you can expect some epic music in Overlord: Minions for the Nintendo DS.

Gameplay
Unlike Overlord where you command your subjects, you have direct control over the four minions: Blaze, Giblet, Stench and Zap. The Nintendo DS game plays more like a Zelda game than the strategic nature of Overlord.

In order to be successful in Overlord: Minions, you need to take advantage of the strengths of your minions. Blaze uses a fire ball attack and has resistance towards fire. Giblet is the best fighter of the group. Stench can use poison gas in addition to being immune to them. Finally, Zap can traverse through water and heal teammates. The minions in the title offer plenty of diversity to the gameplay of the Nintendo DS game.

Overlord: Minions uses touch screen controls to perform all the actions. In addition to solving puzzles, your team must battle the diverse cast of enemies. The roster includes dwarves, goats, elves, paladins, sheep, scorpions and spiders.

Final Product
Overlord: Minions offers a unique take to the original game. It should make for a nice compliment to the upcoming sequel. The Nintendo DS exclusive game will be released in late June.

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