Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 60
    There's just not enough depth to the game to make it interesting to the older Pokemon fans, or really anyone that doesn't squeal excitedly when they see a Pikachu.
  2. It's difficult to find much wrong with Pokémon Rumble: everything it does is done quite well, and one can really only take issue with the things the game doesn't do.
  3. Gauntlet with Pokemon is at least something different, but it's too repetitive and shallow to really work.
  4. One of the better Pokemon spin-offs out there, this is also one of the longer-lasting WiiWare games around.
  5. The core gameplay is basic, yet all of Pokémon Rumble's component parts come together to make for a really great mixture of fun. The presentation is polished, but it's all just smoke and mirrors to try and hide the fact that you're not getting much for the whopping 1500 Wii Points being asked for this game.
  6. Fans of Gauntlet-like games may think that the price of 1500 Nintendo Points is worth the game, but others will probably feel like they have been deceived.
  7. Pokemon Rumble is definitely not a title with a strong appeal. Banal background that leads inexorably to a repetitive gameplay, combined with the simplification or the absence of some key aspects of this genre of games, such as the growth of the Pokemon, makes Pokemon Rumble a disappointing WiiWare.
  8. Players expecting a Pokémon gauntlet will be disappointed. Players expecting a good Pokémon game will also be disappointed.
  9. What it didn't factor into the design is that kleptomaniacs rarely bother collecting items without emotional gravitas, and this oversight becomes immediately obvious when you compare Rumble to its source material. [Jan 2010, p.98]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    My favorite game out of the PKMN franchise! All of the Pokemon, fierce or cute, are morphed into petite, adorable Pokemon wind up toys! AfterMy favorite game out of the PKMN franchise! All of the Pokemon, fierce or cute, are morphed into petite, adorable Pokemon wind up toys! After that, you battle different Pokemon at different stages, recruiting some as you go along. This was so fun to play! I really, really hope that the sequel would be as good! Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2014
    8
    Pokemon Rumble is a fun cheap game, that not everyone will like. Indeed it is repetitive, if you don't like hitting people, & nothing else,Pokemon Rumble is a fun cheap game, that not everyone will like. Indeed it is repetitive, if you don't like hitting people, & nothing else, but isn't that the point of these types of games? The Pokemon look good, using models from my Pokemon ranch to save money. But the Pokemon are missing the shine texture, like they do in Rumble Blast, they just look, kinda awkward. When you kill Pokemon, you get a set 1, 10, or 100 money coin, depending on the level, & what the Pokemon is. When you kill a pokemon you have a chance of capturing it, but its random, so getting a pokemon that you really want, is really hard. You can also get pokemon by buying one from the store, which is ALSO random, you never know on what pokemon you'll get! Finally, you can ALSO get pokemon by sending of a certain array of pokemon, which just SUCKS! But to combat that, you can only hold a certain amount of pokemon. The moves you can buy are also random as well. So in short, everything random in this game sucks! There is only 2 generations of pokemon in this game: Gen.1, & gen, 4 or 5, i'm not a pokemon expert. To get all 3 legendarys, ie: Palkia & ect... you need to get certan pokemon, but the main one is Dragonite, the HARDEST pokemon to catch, and you need him for all 3, and to get mewtwo, you need to sell all 3 of the legendaries, so if you want to complete the "Pokedex" you need to catch dragonie 6 TIMES! Trust me, he is NOT easy to catch AT ALL! & to top it all off, when you see him as a boss, there is a SLIM chance you will catch him. But, if you like this game as much as me, you won't mind doing the same level over, & over, & over again, but the same 6 levels, yes SIX for EVERY rank, & EVERY difficulty for that rank will get repetitive, you you like to nitpick. Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    5
    Pokémon Rumble is an interesting experience, it looks like a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon but with more focus on action and... that's it. PokémonPokémon Rumble is an interesting experience, it looks like a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon but with more focus on action and... that's it. Pokémon Rumble is a very repetitive game. The game is simple: go to a stage, find a Pokémon with power level X and beat 'em up some other Pokémon. The game gets repetitive after a while, since the game re-uses the stages but replaces the enemies. The game is very easy, you can beat it in 1 hour. The game, however, it is fun with a friend or two, or three! Nintendo knows how to make fun games to everyone, but if you are going to play it alone then it gets boring really fast. Full Review »