Excerpt: After I finished playing the first Spectrobes, the last thought I had about the game was that it could only go up from where it started. Despite decent sales, the game itself lacked substance. Also, in this reviewer's opinion, the game wasn't much fun at all.
Conclusion: Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals isn't a great game, but it's not a bad game either. If you played and loved the original Spectrobes, you'll most likely be happy with this sequel. If you passed on the original, there's not much reason to get into the series now.
Excerpt: I had the chance to attend the Disney Interactive Studios Holiday Preview event in Toronto this past September. During this event my curiosity was peaked when I was introduced to a new DS release entitled Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals.
Summary: Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies.
Conclusion: conversations were a bit shallow and just a little tedious. Fortunately, the game does provide a way for you to skip past sections that don’t interest you fairly quickly so the game gets extra points from me just for that.
Pros: Graphics fairly impressive, Online battles and ranking
Cons: Awakening fossils is the most horrible DS process I've ever experienced, Battles, though different from Pokemon, not nearly as deep or engaging, Never-ending tutorial, No shortage of fetch-questing
Conclusion: Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals has a wealth of new features, including an entirely new story; a new three-dimensional perspective; a map to assist with exploration; new excavation and battle features; more creatures; and the debut of an online battle system utilising the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.