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Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans review

A throwback to the GBA days of DBZ


  • It's DBZ!
  • Pleasant RPG approach
  • Retro appeal


  • Feels a bit dated
  • Doesn't take advantage of the touchscreen
  • Doesn't try anything daring

We’ve lost track of how many Dragon Ball Z games there have been, possibly because there are more than ten and that’s all the fingers we’ve got to count on. Still – one more won’t hurt, eh?

Rather than the many Dragon Ball beat-’em-ups there have been over the years, the DS-based Attack of the Saiyans is a role-playing game, and distinctly of the old school variety. In fact, it resembles nothing so much as the old Dragon Ball RPGs on the Game Boy Advance (phew, that’s going back a bit now), as your party of three characters wanders around exploring and fighting.

The touchscreen is used for very little, though, so while this may be a pleasant enough role-player, it’s very old-fashioned indeed.

Nov 10, 2009

More Info

GenreRole Playing
DescriptionTaking the classic first storyline from DBZ, this old-school, turn-based RPG has you controlling Goku and friends as they defend earth from Saiyan invaders. It's reliable fun, if a tad predictable.
Franchise nameDragon Ball
UK franchise nameDragon Ball Z
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating12+
Release date10 November 2009 (US), 6 November 2009 (UK)