User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58

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  1. Dec 24, 2014
    8
    This game was great, plain and simple. It really changed up the pokemon series and for the better summoning the even better Time, Darkness, and Sky, and the not so great Gates to Infinity
  2. Sep 15, 2014
    9
    This is so far, one of the best looking GBA games. The story starts out repetitive, but ends up getting awesome. This is really addicting and is the best Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game to date. It does have some flaws, but it is worth playing.... for sure.
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    10
    This game is perfect. Good gameplay, intuitive controls and good story. One of, if not the best, Pokemon game out so far. If you're a fan of Pokemon (or roguelikes in general) this is definitely worth picking up.
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Mystery Dungeon is a revolutionary game. It's fun and outstanding. Again, customization is key to the games success. You can choose your gender, and from there you can have gender specific pokemon to play as. That's right! You play as a freaking pokemon! It's plot has happy parts and sad parts (the ending to the main story...) Plus, there is so much to do once you beat the game. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    It's a highly addicting game. You are the pokemon and you form a rescue team to save pokemon around the world from natural disasters. Even with simplistic graphics, the game allows some customization and freedom like the main series pokemon games.
  6. May 5, 2011
    6
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team is an awfully strange, but mildly effective game for Pokemaniacs and puzzle solvers. Pros: A variety of Pokemon to add to your team and dungeons to explore. Cons: Dull visuals; odd controls; the RPG elements aren't exactly necessary, regardless of the Pokemon series being built on that.
  7. Jan 9, 2011
    8
    Another new concept to the world of pokemon has arrived! The exploration of many different dungeons in this game make it unique and classy. Item's combine with money to create many a joy, and Red Rescue Team eally is a fantasising tale. After begining to play the game, you won't want to stop until you have got a platinum bage. The use of moves is quite a dissapointment, but red rescue teamAnother new concept to the world of pokemon has arrived! The exploration of many different dungeons in this game make it unique and classy. Item's combine with money to create many a joy, and Red Rescue Team eally is a fantasising tale. After begining to play the game, you won't want to stop until you have got a platinum bage. The use of moves is quite a dissapointment, but red rescue team has bought something new to the pokemon world. Expand
  8. SoshiT.
    Nov 16, 2006
    10
    This game is awesome for Pokemon fan and dungeon lovers.
  9. LanceB.
    Nov 12, 2006
    10
    I think this game is wicked! and I think its cool along with blue rescue team. There the first pokemon game where you are pokemon! I hope they come out with more games like this after pearl and diamond! enjoy.
  10. BlakeM.
    Oct 8, 2006
    10
    It is fun different and takes alot longer to drop off and even after you beat the main game you are able to keep playing new misions over and the post game is also interesting.
  11. HarleyS.
    Sep 29, 2006
    10
    This was a much more original Pokémon game spinoff to the other ones. The fact all the Pokémon are in this game and the addictive nature to keep going is amazing. Replayability only makes the game better, since traveling through dungeons will keep you occupied for at least a while.
  12. HoumanJ.
    Sep 21, 2006
    10
    This game is the most awsome game in the world.
  13. [Anonymous]
    Sep 20, 2006
    5
    I've found it very different and somewhat difficult to get used to. Controls are really strange and non-intuitive. It's a great game but controls really hurt the gameplay.
  14. Nov 6, 2011
    0
    It's a highly addicting game. You are the pokemon and you form a rescue team to save pokemon around the world from natural disasters. Even with simplistic graphics, the game allows some customization and freedom like the main series pokemon games.
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. While Nintendo DS owners may feel cheated at the poor second screen features, or may even feel violated by the graphics on their system compared to what they've come to expect, GBA owners can feel safe in the knowledge that this is one of the best looking on their system and that only one good screen, which is what the GBA possesses, is really needed to fully enjoy the gameplay.
  2. 70
    Anyone with an established affection for roguelikes (apparently there are a lot of you) and even the slightest liking of Pokémon will really enjoy this. And ultimately, I did too - played one mission at a time, Mystery Dungeon's old-fashionedness in the context of the adorable setting is charming, and you can't fault it for a lack of longevity.
  3. 85
    You won't find a better handheld RPG so fitting for bite-size moments of play, and those cute 'n' marketable pocket monsters are only the icing on the cake.