Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 36
  2. Negative: 9 out of 36
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  1. Nintendo Power
    Nov 8, 2011
    75
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is a somewhat shallow experience, but the simple action and short levels make it a good pick-up-and-play portable game. [Nov 2011, p.75]
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 53
  2. Negative: 8 out of 53
  1. Oct 25, 2011
    9
    What a wonderful little action game. The graphics pop, the control is simple and any person could jump in and play. The music is big and fullWhat a wonderful little action game. The graphics pop, the control is simple and any person could jump in and play. The music is big and full with an over world melody that will keep you going. The possibility of collecting 600 Pokemon without having to do the hokey pokey is also a nice, especially for busy gamers. And speaking of the actual little monsters, the models are cute and lend themselves to the toy theme. Pokemon Rumble Blast is a simple fun game that is addictive and straight forward. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Pokemon Rumble Blast is the sequal to the 2008 Wiiware game, Pokemon Rumble. I love how all 646 pokemon are in this game as opposed to its precceder which only had pokemon from the first and fourth generation. Since all five generations are present, it means that the player will spend dozens of hours collecting all the available pokemon. It has a short story mode which can be completed in about 2-3 days. The difficulty level is very high as the game gets to the last levels and post game activities and the after game mostly consists of battle royales, team battles and collecting new pokemon that appeared after the final boss is defeated. The new battle additions, the Team Battles and Charge Battles are fun but can be very challenging. Charge Battles are very short and only last about a minute but are fast paced and require button mashing. They are much easier than Team Battles. Team Battles allow you to choose two other pokemon from your roster of pokemon to assist you in a series of battles that usually have 5-6 stages where you have to beat mini boss pokemon to progress and you are rewarded with a HP refill if you beat them. The final stage has a large boss like those seen at the end of every normal level. You usually get vital rewards that you need to progress in the game. Battle Royales are the same, but only in the post game do you face more than 7 boss pokemon at the end of the royale. The 3D in the game is excellent but does hurt my eyes so I advise you not to use it that much. There is an inability to take photos in the game, but now there is wifi compatability, so players can meet other players and fight their strongest pokemon, and if you win, the strongest pokemon in the collection will be able to assist you in 1 normal battle. There is another battle mode called the solo-battle, where you go into a level with only one rattata and you must defeat all the pokemon and the boss to win, which is hard to do. There is yet another battle mode called the Rumpus Room, which are supposed to be rare but I find them all the time during levels and are a major annoyence when one is legendary hunting. They consist of the levels pokemon in one tiny room and they are typicall stronger than the normal pokemon in the level you are currently on and always give you gold coins when you defeat them. there are two kinds of Rumpus Rooms, the normal version and the special version, where there are 4 mini boss pokemon (which are evolved forms of the most common pokemon in the level) if you defeat all four then you can go back to the normal level. Overall, i like how all the pokemon are in the game, but both pokemon rumbles just aren't good enough to compete with higher class games such as Kirby and Mario games. Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2013
    7
    This game... It just felt disappointing. Sure, it's a good game, but it could have been so much better! First, the positives. It is a stepThis game... It just felt disappointing. Sure, it's a good game, but it could have been so much better! First, the positives. It is a step up from the original Rumble, with more variety in the areas, and the Battle Royales were fun. You'll be laughing your head off if you play them with friends. Speaking of which, the download play was fun as well, although, like I said, it could have been made better. But now, the negatives. The music, in my opinion, is bland. You get bored listening to the same track over and over, as was with the original. The Team Battles were okay, but I always find myself having trouble with them. And the Charge Battles were nonsense. Just pile up a lot of Pokemon and you're done. Really, Nintendo?

    Overall, Pokemon Rumble Blast was only a minor step up, which is why I give it only a seven. I hope the Wii U version fixes these, else I find myself slipping from this spin off series.
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