Pokemon Ranger: The Road to Diamond and Pearl review

  • Solid production values
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Manaphy... some day
  • Relatively short and easy
  • Little gameplay depth
  • Simplistic storyline

While ultimately forgettable, the game is executed about as well as can be expected, courtesy of the developers of the excellent Kirby Canvas Curse, HAL Laboratory. The entire game is presented on the bottom screen and controlled solely with the stylus, and everything works perfectly, from navigating Fiore to lassoing the Pokemon. The game's production values are also quite good, sporting large sprites and vast, detailed environments and catchy tunes.

Pokemon Ranger is an enjoyable marketing sidequest, despite lacking depth or challenge. Pokemon fans will find it a satisfactory appetizer to tide them over until the main course arrives next year.

More Info

Release date: Oct 31 2006 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Action
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: HAL
Franchise: Pokemon
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence
PEGI Rating:




  • jscriber100 - September 18, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    the only good thing i can say about this game is that the pokemon and the enviorments look colorful.its not fun using the sylus to make circles all day.
  • AA4596 - April 20, 2009 6:45 a.m.

    I love this game P.S The manaphy egg code is on the internet

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