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7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39

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  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 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. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Is a wonderful Pokémon 3D game, I highly recommend the game for fans of this franchise and new players. It's a very fun and entertaining. It should not be based on the graphics if you see looks good or looks bad maybe there who appreciate the history, game mode (which is very good). This really recommended. Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2011
    10
    The critics are correct that this game is not tremendously varied, but if you were a fan of the Wii game, this is a nice upgrade and port to the 3DS. Game play is quick, with just enough of the original Pokemon strategy to make your progress dependent on moves and skills you learn as you move through the game.
  5. Jan 29, 2012
    9
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is a game you can pick up and play for 5 minutes or 5 hours. While the gameplay can get repetitive if played for too long in one sitting, its simplistic style makes it the perfect game to help you unwind after a long day. It is not as involved or well done as the main games in the series, but it is a fun game for Pokemon fans who want to collect all the toy Pokemon in 3D and is a good sequel to the first game, Pokemon Rumble for the Wii. Collapse
  6. May 21, 2012
    6
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is a Nintendo 3DS sequel to the game Pokemon Rumble For the Nintendo WiiWare download service. The game is a simple fighting game where you run around on generic maps fighting Pokemon, defeating bosses, getting money and participating in Tournament Battles and Team Battles. Pokemon are assigned a Power Rating sometimes an Ability when befriended and these values never change, the only way to get a Pokemon of the same species with a higher Power Rating or Ability is to get lucky and Befriend one that is superior to the previous one. The game somewhat resembles the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series but without the grid movement system and far more simplified game mechanics. The storyline is rather short, not incredibly deep but it picks up a bit in the last chapter. The music tracks overall can range from forgettable to amazing but none seemed annoying. You can achieve new unlockable Pokemon by utilizing passwords, getting a certain amount of shop visitors from streetpass and/or your own Miis visiting, and completing all of the EX Battles and completing Story Mode. You can also utilize wireless-play multiplayer modes to play with other people with a 3DS and a copy of this game. There is no Wifi modes available in this game unfortunately. In conclusion, the game is decent, its extremely easy for the most part excluding the EX Battle challenges post-story mode, it does have some problems with being a tad generic, bland and tedious though. Expand
  7. Jul 13, 2012
    7
    This game is very simple, perhaps the reason for it's (stupidly) negative reviews. It is very repetetive, the graphics are very basic (but it is overall a nice looking game during the gameplay sections) and the gameplay is simplistic, only two buttons are used. But it is fun, and a nice timewaster. It is an easy game, but the difficulty does spike up at times later on in the adventure, but it never really gets too hard at all. Although it's an easy game, it is longer than I expected, perhaps too long for its own good. If you see the game for at most 15 pounds you should buy it, but no way for full price. Expand
  8. Mar 26, 2012
    9
    very good game. simple, alot of unblockables, alot of fun! i dont know why critics give this such a bad score, such as MD, but what ever, this game is amazing!
  9. Dec 9, 2011
    8
    Well after the amazing black and white as well as the amazing possibilities of what pokemon could look like on 3ds after seeing pokedex 3d i was hoping for a masterpiece from the 1st 3ds game, though I guess that was too much to expect from a spin-off not to say rumble blast is bad in fact its easy to say this is amongst the best spin-offs. It takes the franchise into the beat-em-up genere while still keeping the core of pokemon gameplay. It is a little button mashy but like I said the big deal was I had the taste of awesomeness from black and white still in my mouth even though i really enjoyed the wiiware origninal. So if you enjoyed the original or don't mind a spinoff while we wait for the 1st core 3d entry of pokemon get this game, but if you're a core series purist stick to black and white for now. Expand
  10. Feb 18, 2012
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Its a fun game while it lasts. The problem is the game is only 8 hours long. The graphics are okay, but not the level of quality you should get from a Nintendo franchise. The gameplay revolves around selecting your best pokemon and then you just hit A or B through each level. If your a button masher fan, this is the game for you. So after you beat the game, there is little left to do. You can increase the difficulty and trade pokemon with other people around the world. But this isn't nearly as good as it is in Black & White. There are also legendary pokemon to catch (Lugia, Zekrom, etc.) Overall, this is a decent game, but its not perfect. If you can find it for around 20$, I would recommend buying it. Otherwise its best just to wait for a true pokemon game. Expand
  11. Aug 1, 2012
    5
    The gameplay is fun at first, but the gameplay doesn't really change as much as it should have throughout the game. Pokemon Rumble Blast is VERY repetitive and it lost my attention quickly. Young children might enjoy it?
  12. 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 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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  13. Jul 12, 2013
    6
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is a unique experience in the Pokemon genera. It uses every pokemon from all 5 generations and each one is used in its own special way. The problem with Pokemon Rumble Blast is its repetitiveness, in which you realize you are doing the exact same things over and over again. This game is a button masher with most strategy thrown out the window. It was cute for the first 3 hours, but after a while the charms wear off Expand
  14. Jul 20, 2013
    4
    Controls are fluid and gameplay can be fun, but quickly gets repetitive. It's the same thing over and over- hardly worth your time unless you see it cheap.
  15. Jan 29, 2012
    0
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is a game you can pick up and play for 5 minutes or 5 hours. While the gameplay can get repetitive if played for too long in one sitting, its simplistic style makes it the perfect game to help you unwind after a long day. It is not as involved or well done as the main games in the series, but it is a fun game for Pokemon fans who want to collect all the toy Pokemon in 3D and is a good sequel to the first game, Pokemon Rumble for the Wii. Collapse
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
  1. Feb 5, 2012
    30
    You can't really say that this is a true Pokemon game, and a decent game for that matter. Just wait for the true 3DS Pokemon that is under development.
  2. Jan 29, 2012
    50
    Since assembling a team is more luck than judgment, Rumble couldn't be further away from the core values of the traditional Pokemon games. [Issue#118, p.110]
  3. 40
    Unless you're the kind of fan who already owns every Pokémon game and knows everything about the creatures and characters, you're bound to lose interest quickly due to the extreme simplicity and lack of depth, and return to the more ambitious chapters of the series.