Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness review video (DS)

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time for DSIn this pair of action-packed turn-based RPG adventures, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness for the Nintendo DS, players journey as actual Pokemon through a fantastic land untouched by humans. Before the game starts, players take a test to help them figure out which of 16 Pokemon best represents their personalities.

A human boy finds himself transported to the world of Pokemon where he then turns into a Pokemon. In order to return to normal and go home he must navigate a series of dungeons with his Pokemon friends looking for a way to return to normal.

Players then experience their adventure through the eyes of a Pokemon as they explore the land and embark on an epic journey through time and darkness. They talk and team up with other Pokemon to set out on an epic voyage while navigating an endless array of randomly generated dungeons, roguelike-style. More than 490 Pokemon populate these new games, guaranteeing strategic, intense battles and infinite possibilities, no matter which Pokemon players become. To widen their circle of Pokemon friends, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection lets users engage in wireless rescue operations and send alerts to their friends via e-mail or mobile text message.

Is it another Mystery Dungeon cash-in or do Pikachu and pals help the series ascend? Find out in this Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness video review.

To quote the video review: “Explorers of Time does very little to expand upon the original entry into the series, and relies too heavily on the Pokemon brand. As a dungeon crawler, it succeeds in delivering a solid level-grinding experience, though it’s a bit on the easy side. As with any RPG, the narrative is crucial, and once it picks up, the story is fairly rewarding. Fanatics, or those who enjoy the grind, will find a passable experience, but for everyone else, stick with the classic Pokemon releases.”

Story — 7.1
Design — 6.2
Gameplay — 6.0
Presentation — 7.0
Overall — 6.6