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  • Summary: Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals for Nintendo DS continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies. The story surrounds the origins ofSpectrobes: Beyond The Portals for Nintendo DS continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies. The story surrounds the origins of mysterious portals that lead to distant dimensions. With the game’s inclusion of DGamer, players can customize a unique 3D avatar, earn exclusive Disney content, interact and chat with their friends via their Nintendo DS using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or on a computer through the Disney.com website. [Disney Interactive Studios] Expand
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  1. 83
    While the story's stock sci-fi-RPG material and the combat system could use a bit more polish, Spectrobes is a great choice for those looking for a little no-commitment, light RPG action, or for bored Pokéfans still waiting for Platinum.
  2. A distinctive, pretty and involving RPG from developers Jupiter. Solve puzzles, train your character and monsters, enjoy a futuristic storyline across multiple worlds and meet a cast of interesting characters.
  3. Nintendo Power
    80
    Disney Interactive's answer to Pokemon has a new perspective. [Dec 2008, p.104]
  4. Compared to other "monster trainer" games, Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is just too limited. The game itself is quite linear and fairly short, even as these things go, and while the collection aspect is fun, it doesn't hold a candle to anything in the Pokémon or Digimon franchises.
  5. Beyond the Portals isn't a particularly long game and there's little reason to replay it; local and online multiplayer extend the life of this title if you really love the battle system.
  6. Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is not a bad game – it’s just an average game.
  7. Fans of the first Spectrobes game will probably be shocked when reading this, but Beyond the Portals is a repetitive game with a truly uninspiring story, full off monotone battles. The decent visuals don’t make up for the boring and frustrating gameplay, which will probably only appeal to the hardest of hardcore Spectrobes fans out there.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played, played through the whole game and just loved collecting all the Spectrobes. One of my most memorableOne of the best games I have ever played, played through the whole game and just loved collecting all the Spectrobes. One of my most memorable gaming experiences. Expand
  2. Aug 5, 2016
    10
    I have seen a lot of reviewer state that this game can only appeal to hardcore fans of the Spectrobes series. Yet I first got this game when II have seen a lot of reviewer state that this game can only appeal to hardcore fans of the Spectrobes series. Yet I first got this game when I was about 11 years old and I loved playing this game. This sequel is far better then the fist one, and the game includes very smooth visuals for the DS, searching for Spectrobes is fun, and a great battle system as well. The Story is very good and all around I find it to be the best game from it's franchise. Expand
  3. RowanQ.
    Oct 12, 2008
    9
    Vast improvement over the last game. My only real gripe is the camera and the fact that Rallen and the Spectrobes keep sliding when you Vast improvement over the last game. My only real gripe is the camera and the fact that Rallen and the Spectrobes keep sliding when you control them. Other than that, this is truly an excellent game. Great graphics, great gameplay, great fun! Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2018
    8
    Spectrobes Beyond The Portal is an interesting switch up of the monster catching genre and a great sequel to the original game. The combatSpectrobes Beyond The Portal is an interesting switch up of the monster catching genre and a great sequel to the original game. The combat using two different Spectrobes and also fighting using the protagonist Rallen works well for players who find turn-based combat too tedious and does nothing but add to the quality of the game. The exploration is great tho it can be annoying having to clear out a place of Krawl's (the enemy) before being able to dig up fossils. The story is interesting tho borrows a lot from common Sci-Fi gimmicks and may cause some players to lose interest. The addition of custom parts for spectrobes is welcome, as with the addition of Dark Spectrobes. Spectrobes Beyond The Portal was a fantastic sequel that should have helped cement a new franchise for a long time to come but sadly, Spectrobes only saw one last game on the Wii before the franchise was killed off. If you are going to play Spectrobes, play the first one then take Beyond The Portal and enjoy the best game in the series.

    Cons
    Having to defeat all the Krawl before digging up fossils and minerals is annoying
    Sci-Fi gimmicks are redundant
    Lacks difficulty
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  5. May 24, 2011
    7
    Solid, lots of features, lots of collection. Story is kind of annoying, but im not really a story person, it feels like naruto in a pokemonSolid, lots of features, lots of collection. Story is kind of annoying, but im not really a story person, it feels like naruto in a pokemon world but in space. But gameplay is alright, could of used more work to make it more exciting. definitely an improvement from the 1st. lots of new ways to dig up spectrobes. Multiplayer was'nt what i was hoping it would be, it int like the in game battles, more like taking turn to see who can do something better. A cool new feature is that you can sell your spectrobes wirelessly for gure, but the store is filled with spectrobes that people thought would be funny and sell it for the max amount. I'd recommend it for someone that is looking for a new breed of monster collection games. Expand

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