Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team DS

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

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  • Summary: For the first time ever, the player is a Pokémon, speaking and interacting with other characters in a world populated only by Pokémon! Features a deep, involving and dramatic story brings the player into a world of Pokémon not seen or experienced before. Strategic battles enhance theFor the first time ever, the player is a Pokémon, speaking and interacting with other characters in a world populated only by Pokémon! Features a deep, involving and dramatic story brings the player into a world of Pokémon not seen or experienced before. Strategic battles enhance the adventure. Randomly generated dungeons make every mission unique. One day the player awakens to find that he or she has been turned into a Pokémon. The land is being ravaged by natural disasters so the player decides to form a rescue team with a partner Pokémon. The player can interact with many different Pokémon on various missions while trying to uncover their true purpose and destiny. An engrossing story of adventure, redemption and, most of all, friendship. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 100
    The lesson here is that just because the license is for kids, the game doesn't have to be. There’s a reason this sort of gameplay has been around for over 25 years: it works, whether you’re a green squirrel or an @. And Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is the game to prove it.
  2. Overall, it’s a satisfying Pokémon romp. The perspective is a little different but the addictive turn-based battles and exploration are in full effect and still lots of fun.
  3. Only the most diehard Pokemon fans should ever consider picking this game up. The gameplay isn’t especially interesting, the game makes poor use of the Nintendo DS hardware, and the presentation is seriously outdated.
  4. 65
    It drags on and on without much change, which is why it's a good thing it's been structured in segments for quick-shot, handheld-friendly dungeon exploration.
  5. With oversimplified gameplay and sub-par graphics Pokemon Mystery Dungeon – Blue Rescue Team does not have the depth one would hope.
  6. Compelling for a while, eventually Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team casts a powerful sleep spell over the toughest of pokéfans.
  7. Blue Rescue Team lacks most of the content that made Pokemon so popular in the first place. Instead, it features the ancient failings of Roguelike games, including dungeon restarts, level grinding and no versus play. Frankly, we’d rather catch a cold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. MaryanneD.
    Sep 28, 2006
    10
    Its an awesome game, go Pokemon!
  2. Christian
    Sep 7, 2006
    10
    This game is the game that all Pokemon lovers where waiting for.
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    10
    A great game! A wide variety of Pokemon that you can have on your team, a fun story, fun side-stories, lots of places to explore! It'sA great game! A wide variety of Pokemon that you can have on your team, a fun story, fun side-stories, lots of places to explore! It's challenging enough to keep you busy and entertained, but not so challenging that you get angry and frustrated and give up. I honestly cannot think of any ways this game could have been made better. Heavily recommended! Expand
  4. JustinB.
    Oct 1, 2006
    9
    This game is awesome, UNTIL after you defeat Zapdos, then you end up grueling over dying again and again in the next dungeon.
  5. Nov 24, 2015
    7
    This game is decent. Not great, but not terrible.

    The gameplay is pretty repetitive, and fairly punishing. Not hard, but if you faint in a
    This game is decent. Not great, but not terrible.

    The gameplay is pretty repetitive, and fairly punishing. Not hard, but if you faint in a dungeon, you have to start over, which is really frustrating. It's a high price to pay for a misstep or errant twitch that pushes a button you didn't mean to. Doing the same process of "dungeon crawling" got pretty boring pretty quickly. It was fun for the first couple hours, but it didn't have me hooked.

    The music is nice. It's very Pokemon-esque, but it's a whole different kind of adventure-type music characteristic of the normal series. I felt sound effects were nailed on the head; hits and attacks felt pretty satisfying when they landed on an enemy, as well as using items.

    What really sold me was the story. The introduction and quiz really made me feel like the Pokemon I got was something based on my personality, making the protagonist someone I really got involved in. In the end, the story was what pushed me to get through the game. The repetition and grinding was almost worth it in the end thanks to the touching ending. It was an experience I'll never forget, and hit me harder than I expected. Kudos to the dev team for making such a heartwarming conclusion.

    7/10 overall. Gameplay is repetitive and punishing, but the story is definitely top notch.
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  6. Jun 15, 2011
    6
    Repetitive experience is found here, all you do is going to Dungeons that never change, making every level the same. The story is nice, andRepetitive experience is found here, all you do is going to Dungeons that never change, making every level the same. The story is nice, and thats a high point in the game. Expand
  7. McMucrkle
    Feb 13, 2007
    0
    This game is pants. I am definitely right, and anyone who likes this game is definitely wrong and is insane and boring. The game is rubbish: This game is pants. I am definitely right, and anyone who likes this game is definitely wrong and is insane and boring. The game is rubbish: repetitive (1 town, endless identical dungeons), theres nothing to do except walk in dungeons, boring storyline, generally irritating. It made me want to die quickly. Do not buy this game. Bore off. Expand

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#6 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006