Pokemon Dash DS

Metascore
46

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 16 out of 28
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  1. Amazingly, the game still manages to be rather fun if you can get past the warts.
  2. 70
    Overall the visuals for creatures and terrain are crisp, sharp, and Pokemon-perfect even if the sounds are a little too sweet. Dash might not make much of a splash, but it should be a good kid-pleaser.
  3. Features some cute graphics and decent soundtrack and effects but doesn't really push past the moderate game spectrum.
  4. 65
    Special in its own way, and is a one-of-a-kind in a market full of games that have been done over oh so many times.
  5. The mix of rules and conditions mean that Dash is unique. It's more of an 'orienteering' game than anything else and while it lasts it's exceedingly good fun, especially in multiplayer. Unfortunately, once you've got the hang of things there's little in the way of extra modes to unlock. [NGC]
  6. If asked to sum it up in one word, Pokémon Dash would be termed as “interesting”, rather than “essential”.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    58
    A cute and fun little racing game that has a great multiplayer component, but there's simply not enough to it. [May 2005, p.138]
  8. Nintendo Power
    56
    Controlling Pikachu with stylus strokes is actually quite fun, but as a racing game, Dash isn't fully realized. [May 2005, p.90]
  9. Game Informer
    55
    Don't think of it so much as a game, but more as an exercise in anger management. [May 2005, p.132]
  10. Simply one of the laziest uses of the DS's touch screen technology to date, featuring highly repetitive gameplay that gets old before you've even finished your first race.
  11. 50
    There's a solid foundation here, but the use of the system's functionality in the game design isn't all that creative, and many of the idea implementations hinder the experience than make it a fun one.
  12. It is a shame that a game based on such a successful franchise seems to have been rushed to be released, making it a short, (at times) disappointing, flawed experience, and giving the impression that it is just filler for Pokemon fans, being the 1st Pokemon game to come out on the Nintendo DS.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. BillG.
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    Every thing aboutt this game is fantastic I give it 100 out of ten.
  2. Jul 26, 2016
    6
    Can't believe I'm saying this but pokemon dash is okay. Sure it is flawed like only playing as pikachu, horrible controls, and more but thereCan't believe I'm saying this but pokemon dash is okay. Sure it is flawed like only playing as pikachu, horrible controls, and more but there is a fair share of good things to offer. Full Review »
  3. Jan 9, 2011
    7
    Pokemon Dash shows a welcome difference to other pokemon games, taking on an entirely new concept. The game is highly enjoyable, includingPokemon Dash shows a welcome difference to other pokemon games, taking on an entirely new concept. The game is highly enjoyable, including added features, and works quite surprisingly well. After a while, the style of the game gets boring, but will soak up a couple of hours time every now and again. Full Review »