As we’ve discussed previously, Pokémon transcends ages, but its key demographic is kids. So, once again we’ve dragged in a Poké-worshipping young lad, this time to give his thoughts on the collision of Pokémon and Mystery Dungeon that is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. It’s only his second ever review – and he energetically protested being dragged away from the game – so please cut him some slack.
Words: James Sanders, age 8 (with a little bit of Amy Flower, older than that.)
“The game is very interesting. It looks very different from other Pokémon games because the dungeon is a bit weird, but wonderful.”
“The game is unique because at the beginning you are made into a Pokémon and help rescue Pokémon from other Pokémon. You team up with a Pokémon and need to work together in order to save the Pokémon, although you need a little bit of Pokémon experience.”
“It looks good, but is challenging because you have a hunger bar.”
“I would recommend it to others because it is good for beginners.”
To elaborate just a little, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, an enhanced remake of the 2005 Game Boy Advance and DS games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, ditches the whole human Pokémon trainer thing of the regular series in favour of having the player wake up in Pokémon form. Answer a few questions and you’re assigned a Pokémon that suits your personality (you can change it if you wish, though), you pick a partner (go Psyduck!), team up and, well, rescue all manner of Pokémon in peril.
Which was us using heaps of words to say what James basically said with a lot less.
The thing to know is that this is a randomly-generated dungeon crawler, so each task that your rescue team undertakes will be in a newly laid-out place. It’s a turn-based battle affair, with several options in place to speed up proceedings should you wish. Further exploration and quest success levels up your character, and strategy is required to ensure that you have a team with balanced strengths.
The new pastel-styled artwork is a thing of beauty, but in-between the pretty pictures there’s an awful lot of dialogue to wade through.
We’re the first to admit that this isn’t the most in-depth review, but, other than the handful of lines just above, it does represent what a genuine eight year old Pokémon fan thinks of the game (thank you, James!). For many that just may be more important than yet another Poké-review penned by an adult.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is available now on Switch.
If you liked James’s work, check out his STACK Nintendo Labo video here.