Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team review

  • Dozens of hours of gameplay
  • Numerous Pokemon and moves
  • Hub town is well implemented
  • Poor story pacing
  • Gameplay and levels are dull
  • Stupid, stupid AI

Nintendo's marketing is making a big hubbub about you getting to be a Pokemon. After playing this game for a few hours, most people will think, "So the hell what?!?" One of the qualities that made the RPGs so addictive is the attachment the player develops with his Pokemon. Gaining wicked attacks and watching Pokemon evolve gave players an almost parental feeling. Catching rare Pokemon also added a sense of accomplishment. These aspects are totally lacking from this game because evolution doesn't happen fast enough and acquiring new Pokemon takes too much time and money.

The lack of depth is also apparent in the game's difficulty - at least in the initial run. The combat is so easy that battles are often reduced mashing buttons so you can end this pathetic skirmish and go back to finding the exit to the next level of the dungeon. The only thing that adds difficulty is the inept companion AI. Your friends will put themselves in precarious positions or wander off or not heal themselves fast enough or do any number of things that will piss you off. You have a limited amount of control over their attacks and behavior, but you need to keep a watchful eye on them because they will do something stupid. There are eight-year olds that have mastered Pokemon, but apparently the creatures are too moronic to figure anything out themselves.

More Info

Release date: Sep 18 2006 - DS (US)
Nov 10 2006 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Chunsoft, Nintendo
Franchise: Pokemon
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence




  • jscriber100 - September 18, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    Pokemon are great,but whats so fun about walking 2D dungeons and over and over again.
  • Sizzler - December 28, 2008 12:35 a.m.

    Huh. I loved this game, but I don't like Pokemon much...I guess I really love Dungeon Crawlers and level grinding.

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