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The Mystery Dungeon series of pokemon, in my oppinion, is the weakest of the bunch. Mystery Dungeon is a role-playing game, and it revolves mainly around the player becoming a pokemon, which is chosen for them based on their answers to a questionnaire at the beginning of a new game. While this is quite exciting, the fun wears off when you discover that no matter how hard you try, the result will always turn out as one of the same group of pokemon. The pokemon you get assigned to be does not have an effect on the events that will happen during the game. During gameplay, the player will have to complete "jobs" to rescue pokemon. These take place in one of the 69 (8 have been added in Explorers of Sky) "randomly generated" dungeons. The dungeons are quite a dissappointment, as the player basically just has to find the "stairs" and get to the floor that the trapped pokemon is on. The dungeons can become repetitive, and hard to tell the difference from one to the other. The graphics, however, do make the gameplay more interesting as attention to detail has been taken on these aspects of the game, and environments are nicely presented. Pokemon games are mailny associated with battles, and in the main series' such as Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon HeartGold, the battles are getting better and better with every new release. The Mystery Dungeon series greatly lets the side down here, as battles are nothing more than a turn-taking thumpathon between enemy and player, with the odd special attack thrown in if you get lucky. This quickly becomes monotonous, especially with "stronger" pokemon, as you may be thumping for ages before you win (or loose). Difficulty is minimal, which is surprising for a game so lengthy. Frankly, it would be hard to find any aspect of the game challenging for an enthusiastic gamer. So, overall, the mystery dungeon series of pokemon is a bit of a let down compared with the other Pokemon series'. It plays like a basic, repetitive game, and with only a few new additions in Explorers of Sky, and no change to the plot, I wouldnt spend the money to experience the same game again.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is another old classic pokemon game which no matter how young or old, all will love it! You basically at the beginning of the game get to pick the pokemon that suits you the best. Before that the game will ask you several questions about yourself, like if you see a person on the floor crying, what would you do? And questions like that, and of course what is your name? ! You then get to pick a pokemon partner which will help you on your quest. In the levels you play you are usually in a dungeon. You will need to find a staircase in each level to proceed. There will be enemys which charge at you which you will need to attack. Every time you beat an enemy, your attack of ''HP'' goes higher. The higher it is, the better it will be to defeat the boss which you need to face here and then. The game is pretty straight forward with basic controls of the keypad to move and A,B,Y,X to attack. You can visit the post office and places in your village to collect special items or gifts. You can collect money to buy items from the near by shops in the village! And that is basically all there is to the plot of the game, it is aimed at children but is just as fun for adults. With WiFi you can battle your friends or simply trade items or spare pokemon, which is great as you can gain special gifts which only people have at the start of the game. It is pretty like the GBA version of a pokemon game, the top screen just is mud or grass, and all you focus on is the bottom screen, so it is sort of a waste of space of the game. If it had a top screen feature I am sure it would be better. You can currently buy the game from amazon.co.uk for £17.93 which is a standard price for a DS game. I would recommend this game to all people which have a DS, I am positive it will entertain you.