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  • Summary: (Also known as "Pokemon Ranger: The Road to Diamond and Pearl") With the help of Pokemon, set out on a fun-filled adventure! You play as a Pokemon Ranger in the Fiore Region, where you work to preserve nature and protect Pokemon. Circle Pokemon using the Capture Styler with Nintendo DS stylus control. Use each Pokemon's special abilities to clear obstacles and to help capture other Pokemon. Capture and interact with more than 200 of your favorite Pokemon. Work your way up the Pokémon Ranger ranks by succeeding at official missions throughout the Fiore region. Pokemon Ranger is unlike any Pokemon game you've played before. You control your character using the stylus, and all Pokemon are captured using a Capture Styler instead of a Poke Ball. Since you're a Pokemon Ranger and not a trainer, you must release each captured Pokemon back into the wild after they help you. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. It’s simple without being easy, and it’s fun without being frustrating.
  2. With next generation touch screen gameplay that works perfectly, an incredibly well created main quest, and a lot of extra Pokemon to catch this is a must for fans of the series and fans of Action RPGs. The use of the DS’ touch screen is unprecedented and has really captured a new form of gameplay. [JPN Import]
  3. It may be no substitute for the real thing, but is by far and away the best stop-gap we’ve seen so far.
  4. Pokemon Ranger is worth a try, but like the gameplay, it ends up going around in circles.
  5. Narrow-minded and frustrating, but Pokemon Ranger demands genuine skill. It gets so many things right that the RPGs get wrong. Give it a whirl. [May 2007, p.67]
  6. Pokemon Ranger is an enjoyable marketing sidequest, despite lacking depth or challenge. Pokemon fans will find it a satisfactory appetizer to tide them over until the main course arrives next year.
  7. 32
    Pokémon Ranger is one of the big misses in this franchise’s history. It can be entertaining for a short time, but uninteresting game mechanics and utter lack of difficulty will result in most players putting this game aside for good even before the relatively short story is completed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. LaurenW.
    Jun 10, 2007
    Wonderful! A MUST HAVE for Pokemon fans. It is a little short, but totally worth buying.
  2. SamM.
    Jun 2, 2007
    Top game! I'm half way through it. it has a top story line. you can unlock a manaphy egg for diamond and pearl. the game play is fun and easy to pick up, but hard to master. all these things will keep me playing it for quite a while. i may even try to catch every single pokemon you can possibly catch. Expand
  3. JessicaK
    Nov 25, 2008
    I really do like this game. The only thing is that the partner pokemon you can choose from are sort of lame. Besides that, the game has a very, very dramatic storyline. The thing I really enjoyed about this game was the whole "target clear" idea. Its kind of like the hms in the other pokemon games, but you use it on basically any target in your way. I just really like the idea of this game. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2013
    It's interesting because it's different and it's indeed fun! I like the fact that you actually see pokemons running around the field rather than hiding in the grass and that they interact with nature. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2011
    Pokemon Ranger fails within the pokemon franchises history. The entire concept of the game does not work, drawing circles around pokemon, instead of catching and battling trainers. Would be good as an added edition to another pokemon game but not as it's own game. The gaame is tiring and becomes extremely frustrating throughout, with many pokemon seemingly impossible to catch. The story line works well but apart from that Pokemon Ranger is just another game to throw onto the pile. Expand
  6. BrianL.
    Nov 9, 2006
    I really dont like the way that you get to ask your pokemon for help. i perfer just sticking to the same idea as all the other games, where you have to rely on your own skilsl to solve obstacles that get in your way. Expand
  7. JerryT.
    Apr 9, 2007
    This game is terrible. its just incredibly frustrating. you just circle these pokemon over and over and some of them move around all retardedly or there will be 3 of them that will move around retardedly. the only reason i played this game all the way through was to get the manaphy egg for the diamond/pearl. so to sum it all up dont buy this unless youre gunna get diamond/pearl. Expand