Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia review

  • Being back in the Poke-world
  • Collecting pokemon, even temporarily
  • The Friendship meter
  • Too simple and similar to last game
  • Gets boring fast
  • Lame plot and bonus pokemon

 The disposable nature of Almia’s pokemon, combined with the fact that you can take only a handful of your friends with you at any given time, makes up the strategic portion of the game. And if you’re thinking it seems pointless and even frustrating that they leave, you’re exactly right. It leads to needless backtracking to find the one you need to pass a certain obstacle (must… catch… Mudkip) and totally dilutes the whole “catch ‘em all!” experience.

Unfortunately, the rest of the game does little to make up for this loss. The whole process of drawing circles around targets gets old fast despite the fact that different pokemon use different evasive maneuvers. And the story is super-simplistic: A team of evil folks keep setting up machines that hypnotize wild pokemon, so you go and smash them over and over. The end.

Even the bonus pokemon you can earn and transfer for keeps back to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are redundant: One is Manaphy, which you unlocked in the first Ranger and which has been given away at Toys R Us, and the other is a slightly tweaked Riolu, already catchable in Diamond/Pearl.

Shadows of Almia is longer than the first Pokemon Ranger game, and there’s still a lot of charm here. It’s just that the game backing up that charm is too simple and too familiar for us to recommend to any but the youngest, more easily pleased of pokemaniacs.

Dec 4, 2008

More Info

Release date: Nov 10 2008 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Creatures
Franchise: Pokemon
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending




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

    this one sucks,too!they need to make in all out pokemon fighting game,not like pokemon stadium or revolution.
  • GameManiac - November 7, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    (I wonder how the Pokemon franchise would be if it was an MMO?)
  • Defguru7777 - December 5, 2008 2:37 a.m.

    FIRST!!! I kind of saw this score coming.
  • jimsondanet - December 5, 2008 8:01 a.m.

    they should do a 'poke-soldier's' version where the gameplay is actually badass mofoin pokemon blowin sh*t up! I WANT POKEDEATH!!! in real time too! nun of this kiddie crap.
  • birdofprey - December 5, 2008 4:25 a.m.

    Pika-a-poo? (Lame pokemon joke of the day)
  • midknight8 - February 11, 2009 10:49 p.m.

    I don't think this deserves such a bad score...
  • secretsearcher - December 28, 2008 7:51 p.m.

    I thought this one was better than the last one, which it was, but I guess I knew what the score would be before I checked it.
  • Cwf2008 - December 14, 2008 7:20 a.m.

    Ya lets get like a war Pokemon know generic space marines shooting the crap out of evil Pokemon trying to destroy the world? Like halo, only good?

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