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  • Summary: The player is transformed into one of 20 Pokémon as she sets out on an adventure in a world inhabited solely by the 720 discovered Pokémon. Each dungeon is randomly generated, so the gamer never explores the same dungeon twice as she unravel this tale of adventure and mystery.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Nov 27, 2015
    90
    On its own, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is a quirky, light-hearted spin-off with well-developed dungeon crawling gameplay that provides a satisfying level of difficulty and gives the player plenty of room to develop their own strategies, all the while offering tons of customization options with a huge roster of potential allies and moves. It's a solid entry in the Pokémon franchise.
  2. Feb 11, 2016
    83
    Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is a quite demanding entry in the long lasting franchise which will appeal fans of any age thanks to its impressive depth, colorful visuals and an entertaining and surprisingly dark story.
  3. Jan 5, 2016
    80
    Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon offers a fun glimpse into the Pokemon world from the monsters’ perspective, all while providing a unique, turn-based tactical gameplay with light roguelike features. Featuring over 700 pokemon to encounter, fight and team up with, it’s a must-have for any dedicated fans of the series, and provides just enough tactical thinking to entertain a budding CRPG player.
  4. Feb 8, 2016
    70
    Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is a very welcomed addition to the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon world. Its marvelous visual portraying, a staggering set of 720 Pokémon available and its very long lifespan will be cherished by fans of the series, despite its dialogues and plot being perhaps too much to handle for less committed followers.
  5. Feb 11, 2016
    70
    Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is a lot more fun than Gates to Infinity. There is not much change, so the randomly generated dungeons are still unimpressive, but the story is nice, the soundtrack is good and those 720 Pokemon to collect are excellent.
  6. Mar 16, 2016
    60
    Fans of the Mystery Dungeon series will know what to expect from this latest offering: its new additions aren’t radical enough to ruin what makes it fun or, crucially, fix what makes it monotonous.
  7. Feb 18, 2016
    40
    The best entry in the series, but very far from being super – as the excitement of discovery is replaced with the drudgery of repetition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
  1. Nov 20, 2015
    10
    I had to make an account just to rate this game. While Gates to Infinity was playable - and I did play it all the way through - it wasI had to make an account just to rate this game. While Gates to Infinity was playable - and I did play it all the way through - it was disappointing. Gates was far too easy, far too simplified, and generally all around boring. I was worried that PMD was done for after Gates was released. Thankfully, Super Mystery Dungeon totally voids this concern!

    Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (PSMD) is a true Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (PMD) sequel - a far cry from what Gates to Infinity tried to be. We get to keep the wonderfully beautiful graphics and natural control scheme that Gates To Infinity (GTI) introduced but we get back the expansiveness that previous PMD games boasted. I am currently five hours into my game and absolutely loving it! This is one pre-order game that I am absolutely not disappointed in purchasing.

    The NPCs have such wonderful personality too! I will probably update this with more detail once I can drag myself away from the game long enough to do so, but y'know what - the game is worth it. Absolutely recommended. Go pick it up and play it now if you liked any other PMD games.

    Oh, and one of the best things? The difficulty level is BACK. It is not a breeze anymore.
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  2. Nov 26, 2015
    10
    I'll just get this out there out front: I liked Gates to Infinity. I know all the criticisms - not enough Pokemon, too easy, no hungerI'll just get this out there out front: I liked Gates to Infinity. I know all the criticisms - not enough Pokemon, too easy, no hunger mechanic, streamlined, etc., but I loved the 3D models and the campy after-school-special plot. That said, PSMD maintains a similar plot and the same great graphics while adding all the Pokemon, more complex mechanics, and a much higher difficulty. PSMD goes a lot harder on the "roguelike" genre by adding Emeras: small, temporary, randomly generated bonuses you can collect in dungeons that can be extremely powerful and make or break your expedition. The connection system is another new mechanic - you can finally catch them all, and you no longer have to rely on a low-percent random chance of Pokemon joining you.

    PSMD does everything right: great soundtrack, great graphics and art direction, enjoyable plot and characters, challenging difficulty, and new mechanics that fit in perfectly. If you pick on PMD game to play it should be this one.
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  3. Dec 29, 2015
    10
    Hearing from how Gates of Infinity did poorly, I was worried Super Mystery Dungeon would take on from it's predecessor. However, I wasHearing from how Gates of Infinity did poorly, I was worried Super Mystery Dungeon would take on from it's predecessor. However, I was delighted to experience the adventure and joy this game had to offer. Each character feels unique on their own, and the game's multiple hub worlds, including the dungeons, looking beautiful. The game is rather difficult in the beginning, but that is what made Super Mystery Dungeon an amazing game. It still has a lot to offer after completing the main story line, and each chapter fills you with suspense, making the player try to accomplish the game as soon as possible. There are a lot of Easter eggs and references in this game, and any fan of the past Mystery Dungeon games and Red and Blue Rescue Team games will absolutely enjoy this game. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2016
    9
    While this has definitely been stated before, after Gates to Infinity, I was worried about the quality of the Mystery Dungeon series.While this has definitely been stated before, after Gates to Infinity, I was worried about the quality of the Mystery Dungeon series. Thankfully, my fears have been quashed about that - for those of you who have played the Explorers and/or the Rescue series, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (PSMD) is the full and uncontested sequel to those games.

    First off, the full experience of the game is back! The personality quiz has returned, (and you can still pick your player and the partner if you want to), the music is excellent, the characters have life and personality, the difficulty level is here again (but not to the point where you have to grind for hours) and the text speed is fast by default. The graphics are very nice for the 3DS, and there is minimal lag (I only got lag when I had 3D set to max and it was a very detailed scene). The story is excellent and heart wrenching, as expected (I don't mean to sound cynical when I say that) by previous players of every game in this series.

    The only reason why I gave this game a 9 instead of a 10 is because of the story length. Without writing any spoilers, the main storyline is finished in about 20 hours, and that's with being incredibly thorough (talking to every single NPC every day, constantly restocking supplies, checking for new jobs daily). What's even more, the epilogue is just about 2 to 4 hours long of gameplay, depending on your choices. Normally, that length would be okay, but with how engrossed you can get with this game, that's the whole epilogue in one sitting. It really is a shame, because I could easily spend 100 hours playing through this if that's how long you needed to complete the game.

    Apart from that disappointment, I would definitely recommend PSMD to all gamers, whether or not you have played an entry in this series before. It is 100% 20 well-spent, story-rich hours.

    TL;DR: A little short, but awesome. Get this game.
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  5. Nov 28, 2015
    9
    Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon takes the aspects of all Pokemon Mystery Dungeons into one game. From the music to story, this game holds a wellPokemon Super Mystery Dungeon takes the aspects of all Pokemon Mystery Dungeons into one game. From the music to story, this game holds a well deserved seat among the Mystery Dungeon games. This game is definitely worth the money where the main story will last you around 20-25 hours and endgame content up to 40-50 hours, along with holding a high replay ability factor in as well. In terms of pros and cons:

    Pros:
    -Takes aspects from all PMD games into one game
    -References past PMD games
    -Many dungeons to explore
    -Higher Difficulty
    -720 Pokemon
    -Story Dungeons are reasonable in length
    -20 Starters to choose from
    -Character Development Strong
    -Twists and Turns in Plot
    -New items and materials bring diversity to dungeon explorations
    -Rollercoaster Ride Effect
    -Music is great
    -Beautiful cut-scenes and graphics
    -Memorable locations

    Cons
    -Loopholes in story
    -Story has a very slow start, then rushes quickly to an end
    -Endgame Content can be lackluster
    -No Endgame Content similar to Sky, Time and Darkness
    -No WI-FI Rescue Teams

    This game is great, however, after playing Explorers of Time and Sky, I must state that this game is not a full 10. In order to reach a full 10, this game needed to exceed the standards placed set by Sky and Time, to which this game came close to, but abruptly fell short. I may have bias, to which I admit, since Time and Sky were the first games to introduce me into this spin off series, however, every game needs to exceed their standards met in their previous game. This game managed to succeed Gates to Infinity's Standards, to which I need to play but from what I have read, but failed in regards to the story compared to Sky and Time. If the story length was the same or even more than Sky and Time, then this game would have received a 10. However, from coming from Gates to Infinity to now, Super Mystery Dungeon shows that this spin off series is not dying anytime soon. This game is great, any new player or existing fan should go out and buy this game, for you it may be a 10 out of 10!
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  6. Jan 2, 2016
    8
    Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is definitely a step up from the previous installment and fixed a lot of problems Gates to Infinity had. HavingPokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is definitely a step up from the previous installment and fixed a lot of problems Gates to Infinity had. Having a compelling storyline, a wide variety of Pokémon to play as, easy to grasp gameplay and a good pace of difficulty makes the game as solid as the previous entries have been. However there are a few details that didn't sit right with me, such as the new recruitment method, though the rest of the details are mere nitpicks. I did personally enjoy Explorers of Time/Darkness and Red/Blue Rescue Team better, but Super Mystery Dungeon is a fantastic entry to the series. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2019
    4
    This review is brought to you by someone who grew up with the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon on GBA/NDS, so take everything I have to say aboutThis review is brought to you by someone who grew up with the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon on GBA/NDS, so take everything I have to say about this game with a grain of salt.

    You'll notice that I wasn't willing to give it a score higher than 4. Now why is that? First, let me list the positives:

    1) looks pretty decent
    2) text speed is no longer ****
    3) narrative seems aight
    4) sidequests have a little bit more character now, I guess?

    You'll also notice that these merits do not include any actual gameplay elements.
    That's because this game is absolutely terribly balanced. To the point, even, where I have to ask myself if it was playtested at all; sometimes, it's way easy (when you can just bring **** Salamence to slay everything for you, for example), other times, it's unreasonably unforgiving – I lost any interest I may have had in this game when multi-hitting attacks became abundant, completely recking my team even when I had taken counter-measures. I hear that this doesn't happen to everyone, which is only logical as not everyone's going to encounter the same enemies due to RNG being a huge factor, but for those of us who did have to deal with it, it's just disheartening. You'd think that after ofter 8 years after the first games' release, people would have understood that multi-hitting attacks are bull**** – just look at lv 19 skitty go all ORA ORA ORA ORA on **** rayquaza, ****'s insane.

    And what the **** is up with PSMD completely abandoning the previous games' mission system? I used to love the crap out of it, and now it's gone in favor of these sidequests that'll get you unique party members – I don't disagree with the latter being a part of the game, I just prefer the previous system. The random missions system added a metric ****tonne of replayability to the original games, and even allowed for some interaction between players through the ability to share mission codes, OR through code generators.

    In short, the vast majority of what made me fall in love with the first entries of this series is largely gone. It's still very much a Mystery Dungeon game alright, but it's no longer for me.
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