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  • Summary: Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals for Nintendo DS continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies. The story surrounds the origins of mysterious portals that lead to distant dimensions. With the game’s inclusion of DGamer, players can customize a unique 3D avatar, earn exclusive Disney content, interact and chat with their friends via their Nintendo DS using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or on a computer through the website. [Disney Interactive Studios] Expand
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  1. 83
    While the story's stock sci-fi-RPG material and the combat system could use a bit more polish, Spectrobes is a great choice for those looking for a little no-commitment, light RPG action, or for bored Pokéfans still waiting for Platinum.
  2. A distinctive, pretty and involving RPG from developers Jupiter. Solve puzzles, train your character and monsters, enjoy a futuristic storyline across multiple worlds and meet a cast of interesting characters.
  3. Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is a pretty substantial improvement over its predecessor, offering a great 3D aesthetic, fast-paced combat, an interesting fossil digging mechanic, and fun multiplayer elements.
  4. Compared to other "monster trainer" games, Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is just too limited. The game itself is quite linear and fairly short, even as these things go, and while the collection aspect is fun, it doesn't hold a candle to anything in the Pokémon or Digimon franchises.
  5. The controls and camera do you no favors, and it could really benefit from more complexity in battle - we’d like to hammer buttons other than A once in awhile, please. But if the series continues to improve, it could find itself running down a certain electric yellow chinchilla in a few more years.
  6. Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is not a bad game – it’s just an average game.
  7. Fans of the first Spectrobes game will probably be shocked when reading this, but Beyond the Portals is a repetitive game with a truly uninspiring story, full off monotone battles. The decent visuals don’t make up for the boring and frustrating gameplay, which will probably only appeal to the hardest of hardcore Spectrobes fans out there.

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  1. RowanQ.
    Oct 12, 2008
    Vast improvement over the last game. My only real gripe is the camera and the fact that Rallen and the Spectrobes keep sliding when you control them. Other than that, this is truly an excellent game. Great graphics, great gameplay, great fun! Expand
  2. May 24, 2011
    Solid, lots of features, lots of collection. Story is kind of annoying, but im not really a story person, it feels like naruto in a pokemon world but in space. But gameplay is alright, could of used more work to make it more exciting. definitely an improvement from the 1st. lots of new ways to dig up spectrobes. Multiplayer was'nt what i was hoping it would be, it int like the in game battles, more like taking turn to see who can do something better. A cool new feature is that you can sell your spectrobes wirelessly for gure, but the store is filled with spectrobes that people thought would be funny and sell it for the max amount. I'd recommend it for someone that is looking for a new breed of monster collection games. Expand