Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 7, 2012
    The "Denpa" Men: They Came By Wave is a good example of the best of the eShop.
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    The cumbersome title and suspicious cuteness of The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave may scare off a few gamers, but those who give it a chance will find themselves immersed in a genuinely creative and surprisingly challenging world. The animation is charming and smooth, the soundtrack passively gorgeous, and the experience long and rewarding.
  3. Jan 7, 2013
    The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave is a fresh and fun RPG.
  4. Oct 23, 2012
    While The "Denpa" Men may not be complex or particularly innovative, it offers more than enough content to keep fans of classic RPGs busy, all wrapped up in a strange and charming one-piece pajama jumpsuit.
  5. Sep 27, 2012
    Denpa Men: They Came By Wave probably won't win any awards for originality, but its parts, cobbled together from its RPG brethren, make up a quirky whole that boasts its own personality.
  6. Jan 14, 2013
    The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave is one of the finest game in the eShop. It's funny, engaging and we hope it will be the first step of a new wave of digital products for 3DS.
  7. Jan 9, 2013
    Even if you haven't got the commitment to play the game the way it's meant to be played, mind, there's still a lot of fun on offer here. The Denpa Men is characterful, challenging and genuinely charming.
  8. Jan 2, 2013
    Offering far more value for money than what may first appear, The Denpa Men's overall variety may be in question, yet it does provide an excellent starting point for newer players as well as something a little different for veterans.
  9. Dec 5, 2012
    Don't be put off by The Denpa Men's silly name - this is a great dungeon-crawler with some carefully considered ideas packed in.
  10. Oct 11, 2012
    While not the most advanced RPG in the world, it manages to entertain through its AR mechanic, the desire to uncover new Denpa Men and the constant leveling. Definitely one of the quirkiest, most unique titles on 3DS, by far.
  11. 80
    It's the perfect example of a bite-sized JRPG.
  12. Jan 21, 2013
    The support of augmented reality is nice and collecting many different Denpa Men makes fun. If you're keen on exciting dungeons every now and then as well, The Depna Men may be just the game for you.
  13. Dec 18, 2012
    Its proposal is, indeed, weird: capturing Denpa Men through Wi-Fi hotspots. However is a great RPG, a nice surprise recommended for the fans of the genre looking for new experiences.
  14. RPG fans will find lots to enjoy. [Feb 2013, p.85]
  15. Dec 19, 2012
    There is nothing especially wrong about Denpa Man: the gameplay mechanic are OK, and as a dungeon crawler is not a bad one. But the lack of risk makes the game just 'another dungeon crawler' and not a pretty good one to recommend without doubts.
  16. Jan 8, 2013
    The Denpa Men winks at the earlier Dragon Quest or Pokémon, but it's kinda out of place here and there. Filled with content, levels to grind and dungeons to beat, it might appeal nostalgic players looking for a truly challenging RPG.
  17. Oct 3, 2012
    Still, it's a cheap RPG that is well worth the asking price.
  18. 65
    The Denpa Men could be considered "old school" in this way, a quality that may make the downloadable game an appealing distraction to some, but its surplus of unchanging RPG content drags on the novelty of the experience with time. Like any crayon, The Denpa Men quickly becomes dull.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 9, 2012
    Get this game, get it now! Fun, silly and full of character(s). Well worth the price and then some. Great pick-up and play with quick action. The choice between play styles makes this game a fit for anybody, with Dragon Quest 9 like battles. The denpa men themselves are not as diverse as other collection RPGs but they have more abilities and head/face-shapes then would be expected. Such a great time occupier. Full Review »
  2. Oct 4, 2012
    This game is pretty fun and original, and with the cheap price of $10.00, it is easily worth purchasing considering the amount of fun I had and how much time I've spent playing this game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    Some of the most fun I have had for 10 dollars. The game is a unique RPG with lots of style. You lead a party of 8 "Denpa Men" which are little dudes that float around on radio waves which you can capture with your 3DS while walking around outside. Denpa Men come in different colors that correspond to their strengths and weaknesses and some even have a special power. The combat system is not too simple and not too complicated it feels just right. You explore progressively harder dungeons with your Denpa Men looking for treasures and fighting monsters which then culminates in a boss battle. It can be very addicting trying to find powerful Denpa Men and trying out new combinations. If you like fun unique RPGs and don't mind getting outside to find the Denpa Men, you can't go wrong with this game. Here's hoping they release Denpa Men 2 outside of Japan which just came out over there. Full Review »