Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldier

Only the most frighteningly popular, figurine-based fantasy games get digital makeovers. Now that Dungeons %26amp; Dragons has hit the PC, it's time for fellow elf-and-dwarf basher Mage Knight to storm the video game frontlines. Chances are you're not among the thousands who've already transfigured their kitchen tables into epic battlescapes - but you'll soon get a crack at miniature sword-and-sorcery, as the lore is now coming to the DS.

Unlike the upcoming PC title, Action RPG Mage Knight: Apocalypse, the DS version will stick a little closer to the series' strategic roots. Namco's boasting over 80 battle maps for your various vampires and other mythological beings to duke it out on. The better you fight, the more likely other units will want to join in your conquest. Yes, even in make-believe, medieval times, it's all about respect.

Will you have to know every little nuance of the real-life game to enjoy Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldier? Probably not, but having some familiarity with the genre could help your army's chances this spring when the title ships.

March 29, 2006