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  • Summary: In this pair of action-packed adventures, players journey as actual Pokemon through a fantastic land untouched by humans. Before the game starts, players take a test to help them figure out which of 16 Pokemon best represents their personalities. Players then experience their adventureIn this pair of action-packed adventures, players journey as actual Pokemon through a fantastic land untouched by humans. Before the game starts, players take a test to help them figure out which of 16 Pokemon best represents their personalities. Players then experience their adventure through the eyes of a Pokemon as they explore the land and embark on an epic journey through time and darkness. They talk and team up with other Pokemon to set out on an epic voyage while navigating an endless array of randomly generated dungeons. More than 490 Pokemon populate these new games, guaranteeing strategic, intense battles and infinite possibilities, no matter which Pokemon players become. To widen their circle of Pokemon friends, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection lets users engage in wireless rescue operations and send alerts to their friends via e-mail or mobile text message. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. 80
    If you've wanted to play Rogue-like games in the past, but found them to be a bit too unforgiving, this is an exceedingly good alternative to look into.
  2. Nintendo Power
    75
    The strength of the first "Pokemon Mystery Dungeon" was its in-depth story, and that's true of the second pair of titles as well. [June 2008, p.86]
  3. 70
    If you played Shiren, however, you may find Pokemon to be too forgiving for your dungeon-hacking skills.
  4. 60
    Younger players might get a kick out seeing their favourite Pokemon in a new light, but others should probably stick to 'purer' roguelikes like Shiren, or more standard RPGs like the core Pokemon titles.
  5. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers is more of the same, and that won't disturb those who appreciate the franchise.
  6. 50
    If you're a Pokemon superfan, you'll undoubtedly enjoy chilling with the very creatures you've spent so much time trying to catch.
  7. Edge Magazine
    30
    This recurrent rehash is branding to serve the genre, and of little benefit to Poke-fans. [Sept 2008, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    This is possibly the most underrated game in modern history, it's the freaking genre of mystery dungeon and they did it DAMN WELL.

    I mean
    This is possibly the most underrated game in modern history, it's the freaking genre of mystery dungeon and they did it DAMN WELL.

    I mean pinball games get rated on pinball games and get a good score if done right, right? Yes

    FPS get a good score if they're done right, right? Yes

    Pokemon mystery dungeon 2 is the best mystery dungeon game but nope, sorry it deserves a bad score because BITTER critics.
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  2. Nov 4, 2015
    10
    This is an amazing game, but people think it's bad and it gets underrated.
    This is the best game I have ever played and I have played HEAPS
    This is an amazing game, but people think it's bad and it gets underrated.
    This is the best game I have ever played and I have played HEAPS of games.
    The combat is balanced so well and the storyline has made lots of people I know cry.
    The point of repeating dungeons makes you better and better at playing!
    Why do people rate this so low?
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  3. Mar 24, 2015
    10
    This game is not only my favourite DS game but also my favourite pokemon game ever. There is a suprising amount of content and feutures in theThis game is not only my favourite DS game but also my favourite pokemon game ever. There is a suprising amount of content and feutures in the game. for example there are sidequests where you rescue pokemon, defeat bandits and find certain items. sometimes enemies will want to join your team when you defeat them and this includes DIALGIA! And do not stop playing when the credits roll because there is still 40% of the game left.

    But the greatest thing is the story. I never thought a pokemon game could be this emotional and just so...beutiful and so is the music.

    Overall Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time is the most gripping game I have ever played
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  4. Jun 25, 2016
    9
    As any life-long fan would know, pokemon = story > gameplay + graphics.
    Explorers of time IS repetitive in the gameplay. The graphics are
    As any life-long fan would know, pokemon = story > gameplay + graphics.
    Explorers of time IS repetitive in the gameplay. The graphics are horrible. When I played it though, the story astounded me so much I didn't care about any of the previous two whatsoever. Brilliant characters (mentally, not necessarily visually, although the 3D models in boxes representing their mood are quite well done anyway), Various places which all are connected to the action or character on the end somehow (but not always, which adds more astonishing experiences to the game) and finally, the thing we all waited for. The Plot. So far, this game wouldn't be rated very highly, but the plot changes everything. Imagine the plot as a logic puzzle in which you are supposed to connect dots in a specific way. As the plot unfolds, the dots are created and the game gives you tips on how to connect them. At one point, when you are supposed to connect last dots, the game tell you it lied, changes the puzzle completely, it goes out half of your connected dots created a contradiction and two times as many new dots as you've had are created. When I played this game, it was an unforgettable experience. It was astounding to such a degree, that I suppose some of the letsplayers I know would drop on the floor. If I had to somehow classify this plot, I wouldn't say it's good. I wouldn't say it's great. I'd say it's the best plot I've ever dealt with! Even considering the fact that I've played a LOT of games which were supposed to be focused on the plot, none have so far beaten this game. The story doesn't only consist of various twists, from smaller to bigger, but also some moments of happiness and moments which, I admit, made me cry. Another thing, that was the only story that has ever made me burst into tears, so that is also an achievement. Clarifying the game design advantages and disadvantages, I'll get straight into difficulty. Gameplay difficulty, that is. Even considering the easy beginnings the game could still be considered fairly difficult, especially in the end, where you run into a thousand monster houses in which everyone spams agility. People who have played the game already know what I mean. This is another disadvantage of the game, as in ninety percent of the game you have to act stupidly or be insanely unlucky to actually die, while in the other ten percent you can be the best player ever but still try five times before you get through. Normally here I'd get to the graphics, but as it's the mystery dungeon series before gates to infinity we all know what they are like whatsoever. Jumping into the soundtrack... well, it's rather more of a personal opinion, as everywhere, but I'll write mine anyway. The soundtrack is fairly well-made as it is electronic music from 2008, which then wasn't developed that much, we couldn't hear any sophisticated sounds. One very important comment here is that the music fits very well to where it is played. Besides, there still are themes which I like to listen to not even playing the game, for example the final bossfight theme or the very catchy 3/4 Waltz desert theme (note that I don't normally like desert themes).

    The game has a feeling of a friendly and epic adventure, and honestly I have beaten it many more times than one. By FAR.

    +Charming Soundtrack (Purely my opinion);
    + characters... with character;
    +BRILLIANT plot;
    +continues the beloved mystery dungeon series very successfully among players.
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    +unbalanced difficulty;
    +repetitive gameplay.
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    OVERALL RATING: 9/10

    Great Job Chunsoft ;)

    ~Keepo
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  5. May 17, 2014
    9
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a game that's sorely underrated. It transfers the excellent Pokémon turn based combat system to the isometricPokémon Mystery Dungeon is a game that's sorely underrated. It transfers the excellent Pokémon turn based combat system to the isometric dungeon crawling format flawlessly. It has what is by far the best plot and story of any Pokémon game. You should reserve judgement for this game until you play it. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2014
    9
    Such a good game and only a metascore of 60.... Good music, good Story... I love this game. This game is underrated. The Dungeon system isSuch a good game and only a metascore of 60.... Good music, good Story... I love this game. This game is underrated. The Dungeon system is nice and the bosses and other enemys are nice... Expand
  7. JoeS.
    May 11, 2008
    4
    This is a very poor game with the Pokemon name slapped on it to sell it. The game play is very repetitive, the environments consist of boxes This is a very poor game with the Pokemon name slapped on it to sell it. The game play is very repetitive, the environments consist of boxes that come in three different shades of brown, and there are only a handful of animations for the moves/attacks. The moves are completely unbalanced, the items do virtually nothing, and all too often you will lose everything anyway. Avoid this Pokemon game, because its not Pokemon. Expand

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#11 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
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#23 Most Shared DS Game of 2008