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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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  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: 60 out of 78
  2. Negative: 6 out of 78
  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. Dec 1, 2015
    9
    After finally completing the story mode of Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, I feel like I am ready to review this game, and let me tell you,After finally completing the story mode of Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, I feel like I am ready to review this game, and let me tell you, it's a good one.

    For starters, the story mode took me just under 35 hours to complete, partially due to the pacing towards the beginning, but nonetheless a 35 hour story mode is a plus in any game, not to mention that as soon as I finished that story mode, I still had only managed to recruit 80 of the 720 available Pokemon onto my team, so the work is far from over.

    As for the plot itself, I largely enjoyed it. It's your traditional human into a Pokemon scenario with a few twists here and there, including some major plot twists at the end of the story which I will spare you all in case you have not yet gotten there. The Pokemon characters in the Mystery Dungeon series are always very emotional and its always nice to see this as opposed to their metallic cries in the main series, but especially in this game, emotions run high as the Pokemon world has never been so close to utter destruction.

    Moving on to some of the smaller aspects of the game, the music is fantastic as always, and although nothing in the jukebox can compare to Aegis Cave from Explorers of Sky, it was still very good.
    The Graphics look nice, and if you're one of those people who is afraid to switch from the old games into this new 3dish style, then this is certainly not a bad way to enter that.
    Controls are what they always have been, I love the quick menu that pulls up all of your moves and the new alliance attacks are pretty fun to pull off, although I never did too many of them.

    Rescuing friends is still around, although anymore I find that I mainly rescue myself, (because you can do that now) which is hugely helpful for those normal people that don't constantly play their game whilst being surrounded by their friends, ready to rescue at their command. This is by far one of the best new additions into the series, as well as the elimination of IQ from your team's Pokemon. IQ was just tedious and frankly an annoyance, but thank goodness its gone.

    Now for the negatives. After playing through the story mode, I can say that there are some times in that when the dialogue will drag on and on and on for an eternity while the player just has to hold down B and wait for everyone to shut the hell up.
    The only other negative that I can think of is the insane difficulty spikes that pop up every now and then. The earliest example I can think of is early on in the connection web when you have to go battle a level 50 Salamence as a level 15-20 Pokemon. This happens several times throughout the story with a boss enemy having dozens upon dozens of levels on you, which then you have to resort to Blast Seeds and Quick Orbs, but no matter.

    In summation, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is a must-have for any Pokemon fan that already has a 3DS system due to its endearing charm and lengthy adventures. The cooperative aspect of the game is still there too, in case you and your siblings are on a long car ride or hanging out somewhere. All in all, its a brilliantly crafted game that stars all 720 Pokemon, a massive over world, and some catchy tunes. What else could you want?

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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 2, 2020
    2
    A game that doesnt reward 'normal' rpg work that you put in.
    In previous pokemon mystery dungeon games, it was about strategy.
    You grind.
    A game that doesnt reward 'normal' rpg work that you put in.
    In previous pokemon mystery dungeon games, it was about strategy.
    You grind. You save the right items for the right time. You spend a little more time grinding now,
    so you dont get wiped, later.

    PSMD dropped that idea and now spams you to death with items. As where before an item was to be used at the right moment, now .. ugh, this game sucks. While exploring one floor, you can pick up a dozen staves, a few foods, a lot of berries and cure3-seeds.
    And to get through this game, you are expected to basically use those items IMMEDIATELY.
    It isnt about your level, or who you brought with you, the strategy you chose... its about items.
    Which would be fine if it wasnt so obnoxious to ALWAYS be using something from the item menu.
    It doesnt feel like anything is orderly, youre just picking up random items and using them ASAP.

    Before you click that downvote button, answer me this: Does the game require anything other than filling your inventory with revive seeds and spamming the enemy to death?
    No, not really.
    That doesnt make the game easy, it makes it unbalanced and awful. Play any previous games to have better strategy. (as far as a pokemon game has, at least. So .. like usual, the bar is pretty low.)
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