Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is the third game in the Golden Sun series; like the other games, it is a Nintendo exclusive RPG set during times of chaos. This game is set 30 years after the first two games where the world has become a very different place due to the arrival of the Golden Sun, the item that has world-healing powers and the centre of the game series.
During the healing of Weyard the world changed greatly; new countries have appeared and the continents have moved which has allowed the Psynergy Vortexes to be born. They suck the Psynergy from the land and the Psynergy wielding Adepts have begun to spread across the land; the elemental balance is in chaos and Weyard is threatened yet again. The children of the heroes from the previous games are seeking out the truth and must fight to protect their world.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was developed by Camelot Software Planning and released as a Nintendo DS exclusive.
Exploration is very important in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn where the player must travel around the world to seek out dungeons, quests, characters and to progress through the game. The player navigates a ship across the sea to reach islands and new continents; when on land the gameplay is split between defeating dungeons, fighting enemies and completing puzzles.
The puzzles in the game need to be completed in order to reach new areas and progress through the game; they also allow the player to use magic to bypass puzzles, the Psynergy spells can be used to form pathways or remove obstacles.
Combat takes place on a battlefield where the player party and the enemy party face each other on opposing sides; the player is able to attack with physical weapons such as a sword and can also use Psynergy magic. Magic can be used for offense and defense which allows the party to have a supportive character also. Losing a fight will send the party back to the last village they visited.
There is a new Djinn system in this game, the player collects special creatures called Djinn which dictate the character's Psynergy levels. Djinn can be allocated to any character in the party to modify their class, hit points, general stats and more. There are 72 Djinn to be collected from around the world.
Navigate a ship - Travel across the sea and discover new lands to explore
Dungeons – Fight through waves of enemies and defeat dungeons
Puzzles – Form pathways, remove obstacles and more to progress through the game
Control the party – Manage the party and fight enemy parties on the battlefield
Djinn system – Collect 72 different Djinn and distribute them to the party members
 Players liked:
- The Djinn system
- Good story
- Great characters
 Player didn't like:
- Weak soundtrack
- Lacks difficulty
- Some characters join the game too late
This game is also known as Ougon no Taiyou: Shikkokunaru Yoake in Japan.