Pokémon Dream Radar Review
Pokémon Dream Radar Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Creatures, Inc.
Pub: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo
Release: October 6, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A

Once a large number of dream orbs are gathered together, the researcher will begin to offer various new options that can lead to the capture of a wider variety of Pokémon. Eventually, the player is led into a showdown with one of the members of the Kami trio of Legendary Pokémon: Thundurus, Tornadus, and Landorus. Supposedly these guys fight back, but I couldn't tell the difference between capturing one of them and an ordinary Pokémon. Capturing members of the Kami trio allows them to be transferred into Pokémon Black/White 2, where conveniently they cannot be found. The Kami trio from the Dream Radar have been given unique animalistic "Formes" (I don't know why Pokémon spells that word with an "e" in it) so they look particularly special, though personally I find the design of both Kami trio forms to be lacking.

Pokémon Dream Radar Screenshot

The game's basic presentation doesn't help the experience. The interface is rather plain and gray, and the 3D feature of the 3DS isn't used well. Even though the clouds are placed in "augmented reality," there's little depth to them, so it basically looks like a 2D game has been overlaid on top of one's surroundings. When a Pokémon other than the Kami trio is captured, a still 2D picture of it is shown. Clearly, no bank was broken in creating the visuals for this game. The sound design isn't particularly interesting, either. There's a bit of music, but mostly it's bleeps, bloops, and zaps.

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Although the available Pokémon change as the player goes through the game, the gameplay remains the same, and is always extremely basic. Spin around, find clouds, zap orbs and Pokémon. That's all she wrote. Whether you'll want to plunk down a few bucks for Pokémon Dream Radar depends on how much you really want to obtain the Pokémon it offers—unless you just really enjoy spinning around and pressing the A button.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
Date: October 15, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.4
Graphics
How nice does your living room look? The actual game's graphics are fairly uninteresting.
2.7
Control
The controls work fine, they just aren't very interesting.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Bleep, bloop, zap.
2.0
Play Value
The game is nothing but zapping clouds and occasionally catching Pokémon. By zapping them.
2.4
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Pokémon Dream Radar is a motion-controlled shooting game where, using Augmented Reality technology, you chase down Pokémon that appear in the Interdream Zone.
  • The game uses some of the coolest features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the 3D camera and gyro sensor.
  • You can find many Pokémon in Pokémon Dream Radar, including Pokémon that are otherwise very hard to get. Then, you can send the Pokémon you obtain to your copy of Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2, giving you even more ways to fill up your Pokédex!
  • The Legendary trio of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus show up in all-new Formes in Pokémon Dream Radar. The appearance of these three Pokémon in Therian Forme is very different from their traditional Incarnate Forme.


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