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  • Summary: The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave is a role-playing game in which you collect Denpa Men to form a party, and use this party to explore dungeons.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 7, 2012
    90
    The "Denpa" Men: They Came By Wave is a good example of the best of the eShop.
  2. Jan 7, 2013
    85
    The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave is a fresh and fun RPG.
  3. Sep 27, 2012
    83
    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.
  4. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. Jan 21, 2013
    77
    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.
  6. RPG fans will find lots to enjoy. [Feb 2013, p.85]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2012
    10
    It's too much to say that this game is worth 10 dollars. You get different kinds of Denpa Men by going through different places with radio waves or something that has to do with waves. Even if the dungeons are not randomly generated, it still makes one exciting rpg game. There's like several dungeons(about 10) to explore, each with a different recommended level, so you don't lose your Denpa men! Good thing there is a place where you can get lost Denpa men. However, it doesn't mean that you can get them back for free. You will also see a boss at every dungeon with a cool music. It's a game that is totally worth 10 dollars. Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    10
    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. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2013
    9
    Wonderful. Its the best example of how to pack a DL game. Great balance between longevity and gameplay for 8 bucks. I personally find amazing the way the party is managed, and the AR function to get new Denpa is great great great. Difficulty is on the wild side, but with some escercise the Denpa grow up strong, always leaving the battle on a high level anyway. One of the best 3DS games year 2012. Expand
  5. Oct 9, 2012
    9
    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. Expand
  6. Jul 13, 2013
    7
    Enjoyable rpg experience but not worth the full 10 euro, it's a little short. Hopefully the sequel will be better. If it's on sale again definitely pick it up, it's a cool enough game. Expand
  7. Aug 4, 2013
    6
    This is a quirky little RPG title for the 3DS that is very entertaining.

    It lets you catch "Denpa Men" through WiFi signals and you them to
    battle.

    Some of the layout makes preparation for battle a bit more cumbersome than it should be. Especially since you cant organize your things in the best manner.
    The game can also sometimes get a bit repetitive with the grinding.

    Still a really good game worth considering.

    6 out of 10.
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