Format DS

Publisher Nintendo

With its mix of exploration, adventure and puzzle-solving, Spirit Tracks serves up a perfectly balanced slice of Zelda. There’s a princess to rescue, dungeons to perambulate through and plenty of stylus- based swordplay. But lest this should seem like the games designers have phoned in their latest creation, let me add that Spirit Tracks is endlessly inventive and has new features galore, including using the DS’s microphone to allow players to create whirlwind weapons and play spell-casting pan pipes. Pacy, absorbing and very, very playable.