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Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 46
  2. Negative: 9 out of 46
  1. May 28, 2013
    85
    It's enjoyable through and through, and the introspective nature of the storyline will leave you thinking about what effect a more positive attitude could have on your own life. It's easy for me to recommend this game to any Pokéfan, regardless of whether they've played prior Mystery Dungeon entries.
  2. Mar 24, 2013
    82
    In and of itself, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a fun experience that big-time Pokemon fans (especially younger ones) should enjoy. As a first-time Mystery Dungeon player, I can also recommend the game to anyone who might be on the fence about jumping in and exploring some dungeons. Not everyone will enjoy it, mind you, because it’s not the Pokemon they know and love.
  3. May 14, 2013
    80
    Much like the previous games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a rather niche title despite having the mighty Pokémon franchise behind it, as the dungeon-crawling gameplay and huge focus on an innocent, yet charming story don't have anywhere near as much mass appeal as the main series.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    Gates to Infinity is a fun, charming roguelike with beautiful presentation, accessible mechanics, and the warm, fuzzy feeling that can only come from playing as Pokémon.
  5. Mar 26, 2013
    80
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a fun game, there’s no doubt about that. However, the difficulty is kind of low for the most part and the dungeon layouts, while random, will get repetitive very quickly. Still, it’s worth a play through if you’re a fan of Pokemon or of the past Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games.
  6. Mar 22, 2013
    80
    Although it may not be the best game in the franchise, Gates to Infinity is still an enjoyable dungeon crawl, and a beautiful-looking game to boot. So long as you can deal with an easier adventure, this is another mystery worth solving.
  7. 80
    Though the gameplay is mostly unchanged, Spike Chunsoft has gone to great lengths to streamline what didn't work well in previous games and dramatically improve areas that were already good. Consequently, in spite of a low Pokémon count, Gates to Infinity provides the best PMD experience yet. If you're a Pokémon fan who has always been a little skeptical of the PMD series, it might be worth giving Gates to Infinity a shot.
  8. Mar 25, 2013
    76
    There are so many fun improvements and interactive places outside the dungeons. It's when you enter those caverns that things get dreary.
  9. If you are looking to play this game without having to go through the story, the Magnagate feature is a great way of hopping into a dungeon just for fun. Be sure to have good lighting, though, otherwise getting the feature to work can be a little hit or miss.
  10. Sep 16, 2013
    71
    Building the paradise up is so motivating, that you beat the dungeons over and over again, even though they are repetitive.
  11. May 29, 2013
    70
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a great dungeon-crawler for kids, but the older generations will find it too watered down.
  12. Apr 2, 2013
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is easily the weakest of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon titles. It goes for streamlining but achieves simplicity instead.
  13. 70
    At the end of the day ‘Pokéholics’ will enjoy this game, and that is the audience that counts here, but even though I consider myself one, I can’t help but think that this game could have been even more.
  14. May 9, 2013
    68
    The battles are fun, but sitting through cutscenes quickly becomes tiresome. [June 2013, p.72]
  15. Mar 22, 2013
    68
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity struggles with its simple dungeon exploration. The levels are never complicated or interesting, and combat offers very few tactical options. Outside of the dungeons however, the game shines with an interesting world, cast of Pokémon characters, and even its sugary-sweet story geared towards a younger audience.
  16. May 13, 2013
    66
    Good for fans. Outdated for everyone else.
  17. Jun 9, 2013
    65
    If you like to read your way through a game this is something for you. If you don't this could be an agonising adventure. It is a cute game to keep you busy till Pokémon X and Y come into view.
  18. May 27, 2013
    65
    Having played the previous Pokémon Mystery Dungeon title, I found Gates to Infinity a cut down version of traditional Japanese RPG titles, especially the roguelike genre which seems like it has been watered down. The premise of the game is definitely there but it seriously needs some tweaking and additional Q&A which is a shame as the Pokémon franchise is so fun.
  19. May 24, 2013
    65
    On the one side it's a fast-paced, pretty, turn-based Pokémon game filled with random dungeons that provide many hours of entertainment. On the other side though, is has a dull story, stacked with uninteresting conventions that can't be skipped. Because of this, Gates of Infinity is a less serious, and even somewhat childish successor to its predecessors.
  20. May 24, 2013
    65
    While the content is reduced compared to its’ DS-brethren, the series’ 3DS premiere shines when it comes to visual presentation. Pikachu and friends look cuter than ever.
  21. Perfect for some and hellish for others. You know the phrase "know your audience"? Make sure you know you're that audience before getting this.
  22. May 30, 2013
    60
    Infinity does not make major changes to the formula of the franchise, underlining all the advantages but also the defects seen in previous episodes.
  23. May 14, 2013
    60
    Simplification and removal of some key components harms the game, though there’s still some great stuff here for younger gamers and those willing to grind their way to it through the tedious story.
  24. May 8, 2013
    60
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is a strange series and this chapter is no exception. That you love it or hate it, this is a game made of contradiction. It associates very good graphics with 8-year old gameplay, with no innovation nor changes, not even with the potential of the little Nintendo game console. It appears to be a decent game by the way, something that one who love the series could find very entertaining for a few hours, for everyone else, better wait for Pokemon X/Y.
  25. Mar 22, 2013
    60
    Coming from someone who loves Pokemon and has enjoyed plenty of dungeon crawlers in the past, Gates to Infinity is just plain boring.
  26. May 13, 2013
    56
    It's obviously aimed at a determined audience, but it's not a great Pokémon game nor a dungeon crawler. If you want some Pokémon on 3DS, you should probably wait for the new editions to come out.
  27. May 16, 2013
    55
    Even if putting the "Pokemon" name on a mediocre product could make that product sell a couple million copies, that doesn't make it a better game. Good only if you have to make a present to the nephew or the younger son.
  28. May 12, 2013
    55
    Not a very good game either for kids or hardcore Pokémon fans. The problem is in the core of the mechanic, extremely simple -even more than its predecessors-, that makes the game boring to play. It's not a complete disaster, but we expect much more from a game with "Pokémon" on the title, even if it is -like this one- just a spin-off.
  29. Mar 24, 2013
    54
    With a complete lack of game design, uninspired dialogue, and sub-par technical performance I can safely say that Nintendo phoned it in on this one.
  30. Apr 8, 2013
    53
    Even though Gates to Infinity presents a striking 3D world and a nice cast of Pokémon, the game experience suffers from tedious and simple dungeon design, and a childish and boring story.
  31. Jun 10, 2013
    50
    Unless you must play every Pokemon title you’re probably better off simply waiting for the release of X and Y later in the year.
  32. May 21, 2013
    50
    Good graphics are not enough to hide the fact that its design lacks diversity and can be really boring.
  33. May 20, 2013
    50
    While an enjoyable story awaits the dedicated, many will struggle to move past the uninspired design, repetitive puzzles and simplified combat that makes up the bulk of the game's content. [Issue#135, p.113]
  34. May 10, 2013
    50
    Despite these inventions, the abiding sense is of a lack of variety and a game that fails to fully express its best ideas.
  35. Apr 3, 2013
    50
    It's as cute as a button, but dull, simplistic dungeon exploration drags Gates to Infinity into mediocrity.
  36. Apr 2, 2013
    50
    At its best, players might enjoy stepping into the paws of a Pokémon they've commanded for 15 years. At its worst, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity lobotomizes the franchise. While Pokémon Masters rely on their friends to be the best, Chunsoft pulled a Team Rocket, using Pokémon as tools to sell boring gameplay.
  37. Mar 22, 2013
    50
    There are moments of fun to be had with the game, particularly when the narrative hits its stride, but with little variety in the quests you’ll be taking on, and no real depth to the combat, the experience grows old very quickly, making it a difficult recommendation.
  38. Mar 27, 2013
    45
    Gates to Infinity fails as both a Pokémon and a Mystery Dungeon game, and reaching its meatiest content requires playing through hours and hours of tedium.
  39. 40
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a limited and basic game that does not take advantage of the powerful mark on which it is based.
  40. May 20, 2013
    40
    Makes me go to sleep - and dream of a real Pokémon game.
  41. Apr 29, 2013
    40
    While I love the idea of Pokémon spin-offs that try to add a new layer of depth to the tried-and-true formula, Gates to Infinity leaves a lot to be desired. It definitely will have its audience and those who are willing to overlook many of the game's major flaws, but there are plenty of more interesting dungeon crawlers out there to explore.
  42. Apr 3, 2013
    40
    Because of poor design choices, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is tedious to play, and it ultimately wastes the player’s time.
  43. Mar 25, 2013
    35
    The overall journey drags on in mind-numbing fashion, until you just wish someone would drop a giant Pokéball on your head and end it all.
  44. May 29, 2013
    30
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will not be the one to up the series. This first episode of Mystery Dungeon running on the 3DS simplified its gameplay so much that it's become even duller than previous episodes, making it the weakest of an already not-so-great saga.
  45. May 29, 2013
    30
    In spite of being the sixth game in the series, Gates to Infinity shows little to no improvement over its predecessors. Dungeons are straight forward and lacking in content, and the story itself takes ages to really get going. The mechanic of creating a Pokémon paradise seems like a good idea at first, but it fails to add any significant impact to the overall gameplay.
  46. May 12, 2013
    30
    The real mystery here is why Nintendo continues to allow such a minimum effort cash grab to dilute the Pokémon name, in yet another bland and repetitive dungeon crawler.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    Okay, I've completed the game. And let me just say, the story is the best out of the entire series. Sure, the final battle trolls you atOkay, I've completed the game. And let me just say, the story is the best out of the entire series. Sure, the final battle trolls you at first (You can't do anything). But after that, it just feels so satisfying to literally punch it in the face. In the FACE! Anyway, the music. Dare I say, this game has one of the best soundtracks in video game history. Ragged Mountain was phenomenal for the FIRST DUNGEON, End of the Road Alternate Arrangement 1 was a great remix of the original, Great Spire was epic and tells you that you're near the end, and that... that ENDING!! I'm not going to go into full detail, but let me just say this. That ending is one of, if not the most emotional moment in gaming history. All this bumps my rating up to a ten. By far, one of, if not my favorite game ever. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2013
    8
    So far this games has one big disadvantage, Text speed. Aside from that I'm really enjoying this game (mostly in a nostalgic kind of way). ItSo far this games has one big disadvantage, Text speed. Aside from that I'm really enjoying this game (mostly in a nostalgic kind of way). It doesn't feel as epic yet in terms of plot as the first game and it's not secret that the target audience is children. But if you can see past that it has mostly the same mechanics (with the addition of move leveling and hunger is changed to only effect specific dungeons) and really makes an attempt to enforce positive morals like how others should be treated and not giving up. For this reason I strongly recommend this game for children, but if you enjoy the series then give it a try. Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    9
    Once again, the Mystery dungeon games have impressed me and have given me another extraordinary experience that few other games manage toOnce again, the Mystery dungeon games have impressed me and have given me another extraordinary experience that few other games manage to offer. For starters, yes, the story is as fun and involving as the first two titles and you once again care deeply about the characters around you, you actually care about your buddy and want to help him achieve his goal in the story, and with how many games nowadays treat in-game characters, that's a rather difficult feat it seems.
    It should also be noted that this is probably one of the best looking titles on the 3ds thus far, which greatly helps in the atmosphere. The game DOES has a few problems however, their are few Pokemon to choose from now, and the dungeons are still a tad cramped and lack variety, but it never detracts from the overall experience. Gates to Infinity is by far one of the best titles on the 3DS, and dare I say, one of the overall best Pokemon games out there.
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