Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
Buy On
  1. It’s simple without being easy, and it’s fun without being frustrating.
  2. With next generation touch screen gameplay that works perfectly, an incredibly well created main quest, and a lot of extra Pokemon to catch this is a must for fans of the series and fans of Action RPGs. The use of the DS’ touch screen is unprecedented and has really captured a new form of gameplay. [JPN Import]
  3. This game is the best Pokemon spinoff I have ever played, and I dare tread into volatile territory and say this is the best Pokemon game I have ever played. It was fun every step of the way, even if I lost at times. I was always motivated to have “just one more crack" at catching the tricky ones, especially the ones at the Jungle Relic dungeon.
  4. It may be no substitute for the real thing, but is by far and away the best stop-gap we’ve seen so far.
  5. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Pokemon Ranger isn't as deep and involving as the main Pokemon adventures, but as far as spin-offs go this is one of the best. A simple but fun adventure. [Apr 2007, p.85]
  6. AceGamez
    Pokémon fans will lap it up, but will likely be left craving the more traditional Trainer-based titles when the game comes to a close.
  7. Games Master UK
    An interesting diversion from the usual adventure but it needs a bit more freedom. [May 2007, p.70]
  8. Pokemon Ranger has a similar look and feel to all the other lighthearted Pokemon games, but invites you to capture all those critters in a rather exciting new way.
  9. 71
    It's a meaty, albeit linear, adventure with some cool DS's just nothing earth shattering or classic.
  10. Nintendo Power
    Pokemon veterans will also breeze through the comparatively light challenge Ranger provides, but newcomers to the franchise will enjoy the challenge. [Dec. 2006, p.112]
  11. 70
    As was the case in Mystery Dungeon, it's nice to take another trip though this monster-infested world in a game that doesn't play like, well, 90% of the other Pokémon titles. I just wish that Ranger's gameplay didn't grow old so quickly.
  12. Pokemon Ranger is worth a try, but like the gameplay, it ends up going around in circles.
  13. Nintendo Gamer
    Narrow-minded and frustrating, but Pokemon Ranger demands genuine skill. It gets so many things right that the RPGs get wrong. Give it a whirl. [May 2007, p.67]
  14. Pokemon Ranger is definitely a game for pokemanicas looking for a fix until the next true chapters in the series are finally released in N. America.
  15. Pokemon Ranger is an enjoyable marketing sidequest, despite lacking depth or challenge. Pokemon fans will find it a satisfactory appetizer to tide them over until the main course arrives next year.
  16. Despite being loveable and well-made, Pokémon Ranger's combat system is too shallow to grip your attention.
  17. The new hands-on capture system is not enough to make this an essential Pokemon adventure.
  18. The dull, simplistic puzzle-solving relies on a gimmicky control scheme to distract you from the fact that it’s barely a game in any sense of the word.
  19. It’s good to see Nintendo keep trying new things to refresh an aging title, and taking advantage of the unique opportunities the DS offers. But by putting a little bit more thought into the music and graphics, they could have made a pretty good game, instead of one that is merely okay.
  20. The real disappointment, aside from the painful hand-holding of the main storyline, is the glint of true potential the game's main mechanic shows at times.
  21. netjak
    Pokémon Ranger is one of the big misses in this franchise’s history. It can be entertaining for a short time, but uninteresting game mechanics and utter lack of difficulty will result in most players putting this game aside for good even before the relatively short story is completed.

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#17 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
  1. Aug 25, 2017
    I bought Pokemon Ranger because I always loved Pokemon and when I asked my father to buy it for my Nintendo DS he always said NO.

    I bought Pokemon Ranger because I always loved Pokemon and when I asked my father to buy it for my Nintendo DS he always said NO.

    Some months ago I decided that I wanted to try out Pokemon on my Nintendo DSi (I lost my Nintendo DS in holidays when I was a kid) because I always played it in my school laptop with a emulator.

    I bought it in a marketplace and after some days I was already playing it .

    The game isn´t like the classic ones. However , it´s still pretty enjoyable and fun to play. As a PC gamer , I don´t play it at home , but it´s pretty useful when you go on holidays.

    The game is set in the Fiore region and your objective is to preserve the nature and protect Pokemon with your Capture Styler. It´s a short game in terms of story but it can be pretty exciting and fun.

    I got mad sometimes because there are some pretty difficult captures , but if it was Easy it wouldn´t be fun , innit?

    The game is 11 years old but I still recommend it to the Pokemon and "Old" game lovers.
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  2. Jan 9, 2011
    Pokemon Ranger fails within the pokemon franchises history. The entire concept of the game does not work, drawing circles around pokemon,Pokemon Ranger fails within the pokemon franchises history. The entire concept of the game does not work, drawing circles around pokemon, instead of catching and battling trainers. Would be good as an added edition to another pokemon game but not as it's own game. The gaame is tiring and becomes extremely frustrating throughout, with many pokemon seemingly impossible to catch. The story line works well but apart from that Pokemon Ranger is just another game to throw onto the pile. Full Review »
  3. LaurenW.
    Jun 10, 2007
    Wonderful! A MUST HAVE for Pokemon fans. It is a little short, but totally worth buying.