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My Pokemon Ranch - WiiWare review

Branding not an option, it seems

Pros

  • Great to see 'Mon in 3D
  • Trading Pokemon
  • Unlockable poke-toys

Cons

  • Ugly art style
  • Limited sharing
  • More watching than playing

We often find ourselves staring mournfully at our 2D Pokemon in Diamond and Pearl, wishing they%26rsquo;d sprout that third dimension. So imagine our beaming faces as My Pokemon Ranch loaded up. Here, as in the GameCube%26rsquo;s Pokemon Box, is a chance to free your %26rsquo;Mon from the confines of a DS cart and let them loose on Wii, all under the watchful eye of Ranch owner Hayley.

Alas, somewhere between DS and Wii, the Pokemon have been turned into origami. They%26rsquo;re so jerkily angular they appear to be in pain as they gambol around. We were also transfixed by Hayley%26rsquo;s nose %26ndash; a black triangle that makes it look like there%26rsquo;s a gaping hole in the middle of her face. Was she savaged by a Larvitar?

If you don%26rsquo;t have Diamond or Pearl, the game gives you six Pokemon to start with, adding a further monster to your brood every day you %26lsquo;play%26rsquo; the game. We used the inverted commas there, because this isn%26rsquo;t a game as such. Once you%26rsquo;ve loaded up your Pokemon, there%26rsquo;s not a lot you can do with them. You can take photos and send them to a mate%26rsquo;s Wii, or organise a parade where your %26rsquo;Mon troop past as C64-o-vision tickertape rains down. Friends can add Pokemon to your collection as well %26ndash; but monsters can only be downloaded back into the cart they came from, which spoils plans to create an Insta-Pokedex in Diamond/Pearl. You can also eventually unlock toys for your %26lsquo;Mon to play with, but the initial boredom of just watching your monsters in a field is likely to be a turn-off.

Jul 8, 2008

More Info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
DescriptionWhile it's nice to see our Pokemon friends from Diamond and Pearl in three-dimensional form, My Pokemon Ranch isn't a game you play so much as one you watch. Which kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
Franchise namePokemon
UK franchise namePokemon
PlatformWii
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Alternative namesPokemon Farm, Everyone's Pokemon Ranch
Release date:9 June 2008 (US), 4 July 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Other Games/Compilations
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