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Pokemon Rumble Blast [3DS]





It is wonderful and cute, even challenging at times.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Worth playing"

Summary

It is a game where you mainly control a toy Pokemon. You can move the player using the Analog Stick than just the usual + Control Pad which can be quite fun to use at times. The game may get a bit old-school with its "3 lives" feature during game play. When one of your toy Pokemon's hp drops to 0, it cannot be used again until it is healed, at that point, you lose one life. If you lose all 3 lives, it is Game-Over. You can play old areas you have played before and get toy Pokemon that you have not befriended before. The 3D effect is brilliant, it can be quite entertaining, it shows good 3D effects at the right time.

The music and graphics in the game is excellent. Both the top and bottom screens are equally useful in-game. The game also uses Street Pass and Play Coins. Street Pass can unlock new things in the game at a certain point. At some point of the game, the difficulty will get higher and it will be tougher to use toy Pokemon you receive early in the game. You can get over 600 Pokemon there is in existence.

Overall, it is a good game worth playing.




While improving on nearly every problem with the original, this sequel still leaves much to be desired.

7.0

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Almost, but not quite"

Summary

If you played the original 2009 Pokemon Rumble for the WiiWare, you know what to expect in this sequel. You take the role of a Toy Pokemon, which differs from a Pokemon in the main series in that it doesn't grow. As you progress through the many levels of the game, you can get more Pokemon to replace the weaker ones you own. It's a very simple concept that works surprisingly well.

The gameplay is beat 'em up at its purest. You can defeat wave after wave of enemy Pokemon by smashing the A and B buttons. There is some strategy, using moves of certain types to get an advantage over the enemies, but it's mostly whether or not your Pokemon is a high enough power level to overtake the enemies. There are a large variety of moves to use and they keep things fresh, as every type has multiple viable moves to use. The stages are largely improved, as instead of 6 stages repeated every world, the game is divided into many levels with 2-6 areas, each area unique in contents. Unlike the original, this game features a story. However, it is pretty shallow as the biggest part of the story doesn't affect anything, a huge missed opportunity. It's pretty much an excuse plot, but it's better than the feeling of nothing really progressing in the Wii version. The main game is easy, but it can be unbelievably hard in the postgame at points.

The graphics are very similar to the WiiWare version. The Pokemon appear as Toy Pokemon, which is drastically different than any other Pokemon in the main series. It is incredibly charming, but there are quite a few Pokemon who don't fit well with the style and look downright awkward. The backgrounds and textures are nothing special, but they work for the game. When the action heats up there are some frame rate issues, but it doesn't really matter unless you're in the middle of it. The music is bland. It's pretty much elevator music, but it will get stuck in your head. It's nice to hear remixed versions of the original music, however.

The biggest improvement is the inclusion of nearly every Pokemon in existence. The original had less that 250, and this game includes over 600. While it makes collecting quite a few of them huge chores, it really adds to the replay value.

Speaking of replay value, this game is interesting. After progressing through the main story, there's a lot more to do than the original, but it's all the same. Every part of this game is the same. If you're looking for varied gameplay, look elsewhere. While it's fun, smashing A through dungeons hundreds of times collecting money turns into a chore.

While this game improves on the WiiWare original in nearly everyway, it still has major issues. The music and graphics are nothing special and the gameplay is the definition of repetitive. Despite that, it's certainly fun and the style is incredibly cute.

4.5

Poor
5.7
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