I finally finished Dark Cloud!
I love the soundtrack, the town building, I enjoyed the dungeon crawling and weapon building. The fishing minigame isn't too bad, and the graphics are pretty good, the 3d overall and small amounts of stylized 2d really work for me.
The translation could use some work, though the simple storyline and characters kept me nicely engaged.
While linear, I would replay it, as I greatly enjoyed it overall.