Rated 6 out of 10 by conkerfan64 Worse than I hoped it wouldn't be
I understand that this genre (Mystery Dungeon) of Action RPG-esque games has been around for a while (from Dragon Quest to Pokemon), but I absolutely did not like the game. The story is cool and the game has a lot of potential, but man, the controls are poor, the combat is flawed and this game should've featured Final Fantasy style turn-based battle system. The reason I didn't even enjoy the game was because of the fact that you have to pick the right starter pokemon and partner. I once was Pikachu and couldn't get passed a certain chapter, then I was Totodile and passed that chapter, but sucked at another. This happens for every pokemon! So you have to be going through the painful dungeons and level up, and just to add insult to injury, the leveling system is INCREDIBLY SLOW!!! I made a new game and would delete it like 5 times because of this stupid thing. All in all, you can like the game all you want, but as for me, I'll stick to the normal Pokemon.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Gamelover123 This game....
Since I have been playing pokemon for a number of years, I decided that when a new game came out, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Darkness, I would get it. I like to rate pokemon games, and I give this one a hundred. There was a great challenge to the game, like bosses were kind of hard to get through or figuring things out. The graphics were splendid. Game creators did a wonderful job with the animation and the way the pokemon, yourself, move. the storyline was a well thought out and planned story. It's long, mysterious, entertaining and suspensful all-in-one. The controls of this game are wacky and a little hard to control in the beginning, but you really get use to them after some point. the interface was alright, nothing special. Some of the music was slightly tacky, but there was some that was like a nice little tune that you could listen to. But some just kept repeating over and over, and it gets annoying. Overall, this game I would highly reccomend to experienced or even inexperienced Pokemon players. Expert out!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Lefty Great, but different than D/P
This game was an excellent RPG. If you are a fan of pokemon this is a must have. A warning though, if you became attached to the games like D/P, where you play as a trainer, then you may not appreciate this game as much as it should be. The game play is great, with a very challenging and interesting story line and the ability to recruit new members for your rescue team. Game play is long but it keeps your interest easily. It is a tough game to put down. The dungeons are very vast and are never the same, One of my favorite things about it is in the beginning, you have a quiz to determine which pokemon you will become. It asks you questions that determine your personality and pair you with a pokemon (I am Chimchar). After that you get to choose a partner who is a different type than you are. For instance, if you are a Charmander, you could choose from pokemon like Pikachu, Treecko, Mudkip, Bulbasaur, etc. to be your team mate and partner throughout the game. This is defiinitely one to buy if you like pokemon, or just a good RPG.
Rated 10 out of 10 Strongly Recommend
I have played just about every Pokemon game for many years my first being Pokemon red and blue and the pikachu edition. This is definatly one of the absolute best, the story is fun and unique compared to the other games in the series. The graphics are sound, the story is fun, and the controls take a little getting used too but are not difficult to learn at all. So if your looking for something that is different and unique as well as fun in the series I think you should give this one a try. You dont have to be a Pokemon/Pocket Monsters fan to enjoy this one. It's also family friendly so its ok for your little ones to play as well. One thing I will say can be a little frustrating with the game is that if your looking to be a certain Pokemon i.e. Pikachu,Squirtle, etc., etc. you will have to either find an online walkthrough for help or take the personality test MANY, MANY TIMES. Otherwise good luck and enjoy this one.
Rated 10 out of 10 by GamerNinja Amazing Storytelling
When I was younger, the story blew my mind, there is a key moment in the story that changed the way that I thought of storytelling in video games, most people who played it might know this moment, but reguardless I am not going to tell you this great moment. This game in my opinion is the best thing that has ever come out of Generation 4 along side with that awesome darkrai movie, this dungeon crawler is so much fun, it stole hours of my time. My only problem is how you choose your pokemon, it doesnt have customization, you have to answer a set of questions and then your pokemon is choosen for you, for example I want a torchic, so I would have to go through the survey at the beggining many times if I wanted a torchic. And that is really frustrating. But overall, the game is a handheld masterpiece, one of my favorite pokemon games on the ds and one of my favorite pokemon games in existance.
Rated 10 out of 10 by MidnightBloom A storyline to remember
There are plenty of reviews that have a varying amount of opinions, but mine are always blunt and honest. The battling system is flawed and It is hard to control. I didn't pay much attention to the music, though I do remember having some of the tunes stuck in my head for a decent amount of time. The saving grace of this game though, is the beautiful storyline. It was very well thought of and played with the emotions of the player. The ending was magnificent, though, like the rest of the reviews here, I will not spoil. Any players that are hopeless romantics for story lines, then this game should be in your shelf because it is truly fun and entertaining. I know how hard it is to find a really good game, and in my opinion, this is definitely a safe bet.
There's also an additional cut scene at the end of the Credits so you might want to endure through it to see it.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Daisuke - Th3 As1an Gam3r Made me cry, Excellent job Nintendo.
This Pokemon game was more than I had anticipate, for it was too good for me. The first two games of Pokemon Mystery Dungeons were awesome, but this game; Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time were heartbreaking games. The storyline was extremely thought through and in the end .. I just can't spoil it for those who haven't played it yet. It was just so emotional I broke out crying. That's just not normal of me to cry while playing a game. That's how good it was. Anyways, graphics are just a nick away to becoming a great game, challenge is not too easy yet not too hard, great for Pokemon fans! The controls, interface, graphics, sound, is just great! I reccomend this game for you Pokemon fans out there, I just wanna say great job Nintendo, Thank you Satoshi Tajiri! Reccommended, The Serious Gamer - Th3 Gam3r.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Adrianmaple5 Touching and adventurous
The good-The game has good length and a great storyline to it.It is also very challenging the farther you get into the game and on the bosses. Traps, orbs and seeds add a little more challenge to battling and the game is very sad in some parts. The bad-The graphics aren't very good and there isn't a difference between explorers of time and explorers of darkness. It's a little easier than the previous versions and it needs a lot of work on it. The game is a little cheaper than I was expecting and if the makers decide to make another version of this game I hope that they improve the graphics and make it a little more challenging so that the game isn't as boring and also if you mess up once you lose a lot of stuff and it isn't easy to replace unless you have earned a lot of money from missions in the game and are saving it in the bank.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Cuervo14 Cuervo14
I was skeptical about this game, the first one was not so good so i was not too sure, i ended up getting it anyway because usually Pokemon games always seem to be great fun, its kinda weird being a Pokemon instead of being the trainer, but it is refreshing, the fighting system is really good and for once i can say that going into the dungeons is not the most annoying thing in the world, since you can see the Pokemon and they do not just randomly pop out, the story line is fun and entertaining, like the other Pokemon games, and like i said before the battles are simple and easy to control, and they look better in general, i would recommend this game to anyone, is just fun, they have lots of Pokemon and its a new twist, if you played the first one and did not like it, forget about that and give this one a try, it is a very good game!!!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Warzonepunk Great Game!
This game is a must have. I've played it a whole lot and it never gets boring because every time I play it's different. The dungeons are randomized so each dungeon is unique. I also like how there are many pokemon. And the first mystery dungeons u had to wait for mission to play but in this one u always have something to do. Either fight a wanted outlaw, save an item for a pokemon, or just rescue (as the title states) a pokemon from a dungeon. I like the whole game. There's not much more to say about it it's just great. I recommend if u like pokemon then you should buy this game. It's a long storyline too. Of course if you're like me and play a lot at a time then you can beat the storyline quick but once it's done you can still rescue pokemon and get items from dungeons so it never gets boring.