Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Review
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System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Chunsoft 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Nintendo / The Pokémon Company 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 12, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Explorers of Sky also features unique, exclusive items at Croagunk Swamp Shop. Additionally, new shops have been added to the game. An underground mall in Treasure Town is home to Spinda's Café, which is essentially a smoothy bar, and Wynaut's Recycle Shop. These two shops will allow you to convert lots of your space-cluttering, mundane items into tasty character buffs and better items.

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Graphically, there have been no improvements to the game. While I really like the character designs and pleasant environments, the dungeons are rather bland and uninspired. Aurally, the same great Mystery Dungeon theme song and dungeon tunes will have you whistling long past the time you've shut the lid of your DS. However, as is the case with the rest of the title, don't expect anything innovative.

Of course, controls are also identical to what was offered in Time and Darkness. In other words, the D-pad controls are perfectly competent, but the touch-screen, stylus-based controls are comparatively woeful.

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The team at Chunsoft simply phoned in the code to Nintendo, knowing that the throng of unsophisticated youngsters that is their demographic will eat it up regardless of its lack of value. What's worse, they were probably mandated to do so by the publisher. While Explorers of Sky would be a decent game if it were judged in a vacuum, when viewed alongside Explorers of Time / Darkness, there simply isn't enough unique, quality content to make it relevant. This is perhaps one of the worst values in gaming I've ever seen.

By Jonathan Marx
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RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.2
Graphics
The visuals are very simplistic. The Pokémon are very well depicted. The re-skinned dungeons don't do enough to set this game apart.
3.0
Control
The D-pad works well, but the stylus controls are still a throw away.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
All the tunes you heard in the original outing are back with no changes.
1.0

Play Value
This is an utter rip-off! If you've played the other games, there's no compelling reason to get this one. If you simply must play this series, go pick up one of the others used - don't support The Pokémon Company's marketing schemes.

3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Become a Pokémon and experience the world in a whole different way. Enter into a spectacular adventure to save the Pokémon world.
  • Uncover new chapters in the immersive Pokémon Mystery Dungeon storyline by playing new Special Episodes.
  • Play as one of 19 different Pokémon. Find out which one you will become. Interact with more than 490 Pokémon as you explore.
  • Trade items with your friends via a local wireless connection. Also, you can trade with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and see what happens.
  • Send a demo dungeon to your friend's Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi system via a local wireless connection.
  • With a wireless broadband Internet connection, access special Missions or rescue fallen friends over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.


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