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
    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
    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
    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.
  13. It’s not a fun game and it’s certainly not balanced. Stay away if you enjoy such buzzwords as “gameplay,” “graphics” or “fun.”
  14. The painful hand cramps, the repetitive motion of sliding the stylus, and the extremely uneven challenge of the opponents, make Pokémon Dash a title that can be safely missed.
  15. 40
    The back of the box declares that it's "fast action fun!" Believe us, and believe our young friend Ethan -- Pokemon Dash is not.
  16. 40
    Gimmicky titles like this may be cute diversions, but they're no substitute for the real deal. The kiddies may have a fun time with Dash for a while, but anyone over the age of six will tire of it after the first race.
  17. Cheat Code Central
    A really uninspired racing game. It seems to be aimed at kids as young as a fetus with the exception of the sudden increase in difficulty that even gave me a headache. And not because it was challenging but because it's annoyingly difficult due to the lack of control.
  18. 40
    One of the worst Nintendo licensed products released in the last few years. We question how this got the Nintendo gold seal.
  19. 40
    Diehard Pokemon fans might get some value out of Pokemon Dash, but it’s hard to conceive of anyone else enjoying the incredibly flawed gameplay of this wrist-wrenching racer.
  20. Play Magazine
    I hadn't played an all-stylus game until now, but having done so, I can officially state tht I find it utterly joyless. [May 2005, p.72]
  21. So warning to all, if you wish to play an enjoyable and gripping game, with a long lifespan, then do not buy Pokemon Dash. If, of course, you just want a senseless game where you play with Pikachu and you wish for a sore hand from constant rubbing, then I urge you to buy this game straight away.
  22. You start out as Pikachu and race through various levels, moving the stylus up or down as fast as you can to the next checkpoint. This constant movement of the stylus was annoying.
  23. If you want a Pokémon knock-off that's good, go for "Pokémon Snap" or those great party games in Pokémon Coliseum, as those are at least enjoyable. Pokémon Dash is really only for those who like a racer that's fun for about an hour.
  24. netjak
    Pokémon fans have had to endure plenty of indignities...But nothing compares to the plain, heaping amount of compost that is being passed off as Pokémon Dash.
  25. 20
    Anything but amusing and offers up perhaps one of the worst gaming experiences you'll ever have the chance to play. It is devoid of charm, it lacks in character and is simply a piece of overpriced garbage.
  26. 20
    It's frustratingly difficult and mind-numbingly boring, and only the most jaded Pokemon fan will enjoy it.
  27. Pelaaja (Finland)
    The best thing the game has to offer for even the most hardcore of Pokémon-fans is the title screen, where you can use the stylus to pull Pikachu’s ears. Avoid. [May 2005, p.88]
  28. It’s pretty clear that Pokemon Dash is a game for very young kids, the 6 and under crowd, although I can also see this game appealing to grandmothers. The problem is, it’s barely any fun for either demographic, and members of both might wind up trying to eat the stylus.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
#28 Most Shared DS Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. BillG.
    Oct 19, 2005
    Every thing aboutt this game is fantastic I give it 100 out of ten.
  2. Jul 26, 2016
    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
    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 »