Gamedaily's Robert Workman writes: Medieval assassin Altair takes his act on the road with the release of Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles for the Nintendo DS. After spending a few minutes with the game, you'll notice that it lacks the console game's complexity. If you manage to lower your expectations, however, you'll like what the game provides.
Altair's Chronicles acts as a prequel to the original Assassin's Creed game. Most of the gameplay resembles the previous Ubisoft Prince of Persia releases. Altair's Chronicles features solid visuals and audio. Not great, mind you, but it gets the job done. Animations run smoothly, the camera perspective is user-friendly and the frame rate stays consistent.
If you're expecting an Assassin's Creed portable game on the same level as the excellent console versions, you're not going to get it. Due to its lack of exploration options, presentation issues and poor replayability, Altair's Chronicles cannot compare to that version, If you can overlook those problems, however, Altair's Chronicles is a pretty acceptable adventure, at least worthy of a rental.