Pokemon Ranger DS

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
Buy On
  1. AceGamez
    80
    Pokémon fans will lap it up, but will likely be left craving the more traditional Trainer-based titles when the game comes to a close.
  2. It’s simple without being easy, and it’s fun without being frustrating.
  3. 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]
  4. Games Master UK
    76
    An interesting diversion from the usual adventure but it needs a bit more freedom. [May 2007, p.70]
  5. Pokemon Ranger has a similar look and feel to all the other lighthearted Pokemon games, but invites you to capture all those critters in a rather exciting new way.
  6. It may be no substitute for the real thing, but is by far and away the best stop-gap we’ve seen so far.
  7. This game is the best Pokemon spinoff I have ever played, and I dare tread into volatile territory and say this is the best Pokemon game I have ever played. It was fun every step of the way, even if I lost at times. I was always motivated to have “just one more crack" at catching the tricky ones, especially the ones at the Jungle Relic dungeon.
  8. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    80
    Pokemon Ranger isn't as deep and involving as the main Pokemon adventures, but as far as spin-offs go this is one of the best. A simple but fun adventure. [Apr 2007, p.85]

Awards & Rankings

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#26 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
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#19 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. LaurenW.
    Jun 10, 2007
    10
    Wonderful! A MUST HAVE for Pokemon fans. It is a little short, but totally worth buying.
  2. SamM.
    Jun 2, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. JerryT.
    Apr 9, 2007
    1
    This game is terrible. its just incredibly frustrating. you just circle these pokemon over and over and some of them move around allThis 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. Full Review »