The Bandai D-Terminal is modelled after the D-Terminals used
by the kids in the show in appearance only. Theres no
e-mail here, obviously. The D-Terminal is fitted with five
buttons - essentially on/off, up, down, confirm and back - and
has multiple features, which I shall run through separately.
This is, first and foremost, what the D-Terminal is all about. There is an encyclopedia list of 351 Digimon, which you can search by name, number, and, I was surprised to discover, game card number. Each entry contains an animated figure of the Digimon, their name and number, their Level, Group, Type, Data Size and Technique, and, if they are DigiDestined Digimon, then their Digivolving abilities. You can Digivolve, reverse Digivolve, and even Armour Digivolve all the DD Digimon into all their different forms ( Terriermon, Kokomon, and even Diaboromon all have this feature). I was disappointed to see that Myotismon, Etemon and other characters on the show who had been shown to Digivolve on TV were not given this feature in the D-Terminal, though. But this is all in all a very usual device to have if youre writing a fanfic, or just need some information.
However, its not without its bad points. For starters, a LOT of the later entries are missing information - mostly Data Size and Type, but also Group in some. And a lot of the later entries only have one attack included as opposed to two. Also, being from Bandai, it contains Bandai names - Creepymon instead of Daemon, Apokarimon instead of Apocalymon, etc, as well as Bandai attack names, which do not corroborate what is seen on the show - Top Gun for Silphymon, Speedy Scratcher (?) for Paildramon, etc. And Magnadramon, Seraphimon, Imperialdramon, GranKuwagamon, Valkyriemon and Vikimon are all missing - their entries merely come up as Unidentified when you type their numbers in. Im puzzled by this - its not because they dont have cards - neither do a lot of the later entries (and Magnadramon DOES have a card, anyway). And its not because they hadnt appeared on the show yet. Theyre just... not there (reducing the actual total Digimon count to 345). Also, Ebonwumon and Zhuqiaomon have had their names reversed - but this is a fault carried over from the original Japanese D-Terminal.
This feature is worthless. For the US D-Terminal, Bandai has created its own version of Digi-Code, with symbols representing English letters, rather than Japanese syllables, as the true Digi-Code works. You input an English word, and it is converted into these symbols. Its stupid, useless, and if you ever DID find some use for it, you could do the conversion faster by hand, using the key inside the D-Terminal lid, rather than waiting for the D-Terminal to process it.
A mildly amusing feature. Here, you are given the choice to play two games - one is a shooting game, the other a jigsaw game. In the shooting game, you simply move your target up and down, and fire at the shuttles which move back and forth across the screen until you run out of energy. For the jigsaw game, which I prefer, you are given a picture of one of the Digimon from the database, and it is split up into eight pieces, which you have to re-organise. Something to pass the time with if youre bored.
This feature allows you to connect up to a friends Digivice to D-3 to battle their Digimon. To obtain a Digimon of your own, you type in a password of anything up to 5 letters - the letters can be anything you like, they dont have to actually form a word, or anything. Just smack em in, and hope you get something powerful. Im sure somewhere on the Net theres a list of passwords for this features. I dont know anyone with a Digivice or D-3, so I havent been able to try out this feature, but if Im feeling bored, it can amuse me to type in colourful words and see what Digimon I get... Palmon is Bitch for example... but the D-Terminal seems to take forever to process your word and bring up your Digimon.
Heres where you fiddle with the contrast and sound. I prefer to keep the contrast at 5, and the sound off.
I hardly deny that this is designed for little kids - the Digi-Words and game features show that. But if Bandai had just put a LITTLE more work into completing the Database, this would be a excellent tool for all Digi-fans. As it stands, however, they didnt. But its still not without its uses or mild entertainment value.
Rating: 3 out of 5