|Dev: Spike Chunsoft|
|Release: March 24, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Mild Cartoon Violence|
Your trusty partner, along with the hundreds of other Pokémon you befriend and enlist, will be controlled by the computer, and rather poorly at that. You can give them limited tactics such as following you, exploring on their own, and not using moves, but you have no direct control over them in combat. Since most encounters are a menial chore, quick executions are fine, but when surrounded by a large number of enemies or against a challenging boss, you'll sweat over the limited control you have over the outcome, especially since the death penalty is harsh. Should you faint in battle, you have two options: Either hope you have a nearby friend who also has the game and can use a Reviver Seed via the StreetPass to pick you back up, or restart the entire dungeon with some items and coin plucked from your backpack. To keep yourself healthy and give your team the upper hand, you should fill your bag with seeds, berries, orbs, and other useful items. But the space is limited and items do not stack, so choosing the proper loadout before embarking on a quest is key.
One of the few enjoyments on your dungeon exploits is the lively tunes that accompany you through the dank passages. Most of the jingles are quite perky, and though short, they’ll have you humming or whistling along as you dispatch the wild Pokémon in your way. Back in town the music is even livelier, and paired with the beautiful scenery, it’s always a warm welcome after trudging through the caverns.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, the new features, wonderful visuals and sound, and engaging activities are far ahead of the previous games of the series. But on the other hand, exploring the mystery dungeons, where most of your time is spent, is still a tedious affair, and despite 3D visuals, it’s a recycled trek that needs a serious overhaul. If you enjoyed the past titles, then Gates To Infinity is definitely one you shouldn't pass up. If the limited combat controls are something you can tolerate, then the constant additions and upgrades available upon returning to the Paradise are an addictive pastime. My suggestion is to download the sizeable free demo from the 3DS eShop. It takes you through the beginning and really lets you get your feet wet. If you're still intrigued afterwards, you can purchase the full game and continue right from where you left off in the demo.
Date: March 25, 2013