Reviews and Problems with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
22 July 2008
Excerpt: I’ll be totally upfront about this right from the start — I have no idea what Pokémon is all about. I’ve heard the name and know it’s from Japan, but that’s about it. Seriously. For whatever reason, Pokémon as a cultural phenomenon has totally passed me by. So when the time came to review this game I wasn’t sure if my lack of knowledge would be a help or a hindrance. Would it make me unbiased and objective, or just ignorant?
Summary: Parents need to know that this game features plenty of combat by pitting the Pokemon on the player's team against various renegade Pokemon. Conflict isn't graphic, and the Pokemon retain well-known special moves from other Pokemon games, like Bulbasaur's Leech Seed move – so, a prior knowledge of the Pokemon universe is an asset. Through Wi-Fi, you can "rescue" fallen friends and exchange items and Pokemon teams with another player.
Excerpt: Look up the 25 top-selling video games of all time, and you'll find every original installment of the main Pokémon series on the list. Even Yellow, Fire Red, and Leaf Green show up there, and they're essentially re-releases of older games. In fact, even when you include both the originals and the retreads, Emerald is the only main series game that misses the list.
Conclusion: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness is far too familiar to its predecessors. With very little changes in the already stagnant gameplay, the only great thing this game has going for it is the Pokémon name (which does wonders on sales). Though it has suitable graphics, sound, and overall prsentation, as well as some notable online features, it still lacks in providing gamers with consistently fresh gameplay throughout the entirety of the game.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Review
29 April 2008
Excerpt: The Mystery Dungeon series from Chunsoft has been catering to fans of two-dimensional role-playing games for years. The games offer random dungeons, plenty of items to collect (though rarely enough space to carry them), clumsy turn-based combat, and a degree of challenge that often forces you to retry the same levels over and over again before you're successful.
Pros: Pokemon trappings spice up combat a little, Interesting story with a few surprisingly touching moments, Not as difficult as previous games, Nice Wi-Fi features
Cons: Not enough variety in story-based missions, Mystery Dungeon formula is getting stale, Drab dungeon visuals
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (DS) Review
25 August 2008
Conclusion: It’s unfair to judge a new game on the previous one, but when the two games in question are so similar its very hard not to. At a basic level, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 1 and 2 are almost identical in looks, play style (controls haven’t changed), sound and storyline with minor tweaks separating them. This is brilliant news for anyone who bought and enjoyed the original but bad for anyone who didn’t like it.
Pros: Inventive character selection system, Randomly generated dungeons, 20+ single player missions
Cons: Random dungeons can have pointless tunnels, Story is uninspired, New elements are underwhelming
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness - DS review
15 August 2008
Conclusion: In short it would appear that Nintendo are still shamelessly cashing in on the franchise, this time with not one but two versions of their latest offering. Explorers of Darkness, the follow on to Explorers of Time is good fun and infectiously addictive; however I’d suggest sticking with your Mystery Dungeon predecessor unless you play Pokemon for its storyline, something I am guessing you don't.
Pros: Some cute cutscenes and highly-addictive game play
Cons: You’re at the mercy of what the computer decides in terms of which character you play