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70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Problems are more plentiful than the collectible monsters in Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals, the epitome of how not to make a Poke-clone.
  2. Beyond the Portals isn't a particularly long game and there's little reason to replay it; local and online multiplayer extend the life of this title if you really love the battle system.
  3. This sequel may go beyond the portals, but does little to go beyond its predecessor. A decent game, even if it's only marginally better than the first.
  4. Disney’s new Pokémon-wannabe is a very rich and complex experience, but absolutely not as streamlined as it should be: it could steal your time like the best games in the genre, but maybe its intricacies are too much to endure.
  5. 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.
  6. Given that there are several different planets to explore, myriad sidequests and optional bosses, and a ton of Spectrobes to collect, the micro-managing collectioneer will find plenty of game in Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals. It's just too bad that not one, but two clumsy combat systems and a cluttered UI detract from an excavation mechanic which provides some of the most fun that can be had with a touch screen and stylus.
  7. 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.
  8. Spectrobes: beyond the portals has improved some parts of the previous game, the missions and excavation mechanism, however, are found to be linear and repetitious. The rich multiplayer mode, anyhow, offers many alternatives and there are tons of spectrobes waiting for your collection.
  9. The game comes with four cards, but at no point did the two-hour tutorial tell me how to upload the card data. Honestly, that’s one more fetch-quest I could do without anyway.
  10. Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is not a bad game – it’s just an average game.
  11. 60
    Frankly, there isn't much here that will keep older gamers occupied for the long haul, but there is some fun to be had with this action-RPG. That's not to say that Beyond the Portals is a bad game - it’s just an average title that has a lot of good ideas but fails to execute them in a consistently fun manner.
  12. At the end of the day, Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is an interesting third-party Nintendo DS game that we would definitely recommend to lovers of Japanese RPG fans, due to the extensive dialogue and reminiscent gameplay to titles such as Final Fantasy and Pokémon.
  13. 60
    Spectrobes: Beyond the Portal is engaging and fun, especially if you enjoyed the first game. However, it won't replace Pokemon.
  14. Nevertheless, the sequel is a superior experience to its predecessor and the amount of content that can be found in-game across the decently-sized single player campaign is impressive-- hours upon hours can be poured into just excavating or just battling.
  15. 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.
  16. 70
    Still, with so many elements crammed into one package, it all comes together surprisingly well and Spectrobes is a series that continues to show promise.

Awards & Rankings

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#32 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
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#70 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jan 21, 2018
    8
    Spectrobes Beyond The Portal is an interesting switch up of the monster catching genre and a great sequel to the original game. The combatSpectrobes Beyond The Portal is an interesting switch up of the monster catching genre and a great sequel to the original game. The combat using two different Spectrobes and also fighting using the protagonist Rallen works well for players who find turn-based combat too tedious and does nothing but add to the quality of the game. The exploration is great tho it can be annoying having to clear out a place of Krawl's (the enemy) before being able to dig up fossils. The story is interesting tho borrows a lot from common Sci-Fi gimmicks and may cause some players to lose interest. The addition of custom parts for spectrobes is welcome, as with the addition of Dark Spectrobes. Spectrobes Beyond The Portal was a fantastic sequel that should have helped cement a new franchise for a long time to come but sadly, Spectrobes only saw one last game on the Wii before the franchise was killed off. If you are going to play Spectrobes, play the first one then take Beyond The Portal and enjoy the best game in the series.

    Cons
    Having to defeat all the Krawl before digging up fossils and minerals is annoying
    Sci-Fi gimmicks are redundant
    Lacks difficulty
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  2. Aug 5, 2016
    10
    I have seen a lot of reviewer state that this game can only appeal to hardcore fans of the Spectrobes series. Yet I first got this game when II have seen a lot of reviewer state that this game can only appeal to hardcore fans of the Spectrobes series. Yet I first got this game when I was about 11 years old and I loved playing this game. This sequel is far better then the fist one, and the game includes very smooth visuals for the DS, searching for Spectrobes is fun, and a great battle system as well. The Story is very good and all around I find it to be the best game from it's franchise. Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played, played through the whole game and just loved collecting all the Spectrobes. One of my most memorableOne of the best games I have ever played, played through the whole game and just loved collecting all the Spectrobes. One of my most memorable gaming experiences. Full Review »