Dementium: The Ward review

  • Really freakin' creepy
  • Great atmosphere and gameplay
  • Smooth framerate
  • Elusive reticle
  • Limited ammo
  • Yellow-stained undies

Oct. 30, 2007

Shocking. That's the easiest way to describe Dementium: The Ward. We're equally taken aback by the technical feat that developer Kid Renegade and upstart publisher Gamecock have managed to pull off, and that there's a terrifying first-person survival horror game that elicits genuine scares on the Nintendo DS. If Metroid Prime Hunters proved the platform detractors wrong, then Dementium proves them infinitely wronger.

From the moment you start up the game, you know you're in for something different. Right from the get-go you're assaulted with mysterious and horrific imagery, such as a unsettlingly large hellbeast dragging a speechless lass covered in blood across the dingy floor of a mental institution. Yikes indeed. Click here to see what we mean. Seriously, the game is grisly and disturbing as all get out. But perhaps describing it like a depression-era great aunt is underselling it.

The DS isn't supposed to do FPS horror right? Those were our initial thoughts too, as you start out in a dark room with a layer of black fog. But as soon as you snag a flashlight (which is immediately), Dementium proves its worth by displaying vast areas, numerous enemies and lengthy corridors with disturbing zeal and no loss in framerate.

More Info

Release date: Oct 31 2007 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Gamecock Media Group
Developed by: Renegade Kid
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Violence


  • wyndamn - November 23, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    i personallu dont like shooters or games like this one. But since i actually play it a bit it actually deserves a 9/10 instead. Im downloaded this mostly for my bro who likes shooters and this kind of stuff and it got the shit out of him lol. And if you think this one is good just check the sequel.
  • GameManiac - July 31, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    "Banshees! Dear god... the screaming Banshee heads." I can't agree more with Chris here. Those enemies in particular nearly set me off from playing the game altogether.

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