Pokémon Ranger Reader Review
Pokemon Ranger is obviously a game aiming towards two types of demographs, young children who like watching the cartoon series and those fans who grew up playing with the main series. (Blue, Red, Silver, Gold, etc.) Although many may disagree with this because of the unique way the game works, and the fact it does not follow the same method as the main games, it does in fact have quite a lot in common with the new releases coming this summer entitled Diamond and Pearl, one reason I say this because it includes a rare legendary which can be transfered to the new main DS games.
The fact is many people over the years have asked for a Pokemon game where they can see the monsters on the overworld map which this game gives to the player. However the new method of capturing the Pokemon after a while begins to get repetitive, the game does try to make it less so by limiting which Pokemon you can capture (temporarily may I add) because each Pokemon has the ability to do different things whilst under your command for example a grass type in battle creates long grass to slow the Pokemon your trying to capture whilst a water type can create bubbles to temporarily trap your opponent. Also some Pokemon outside battle use their abilities to cut obstacles out of the way.
The main problem I found with the game however is the way it handles getting game over. When you fail to capture the Pokemon using the Styler and it breaks you get the game over screen, now this may not seem like a huge problem but for the fact it then only lets you start from where you last saved meaning going through potentially lots of dialogue again which you are not able to skip. You also lose any data you may have added to the games Pokedex system. You can only save at specific points which makes this worse. The game does feature a quicksave but thats only for when you need to turn the game off and restart where you left it.
Moving on, the games graphics look fine but don't really push any boundaries or anything but do the job they need to. The sound is what you'd expect really nothing spectacular. You can move around the game either using the stylus or with the D-Pad but capturing Pokemon must use the stylus.
All in all a decent spin-off game unlike those dreadful others namely Pokemon Dash and Channel. Its let down slightly by the poor save system but otherwise should keep most happy. All in all its a nice appetizer for Pokemon fans waiting for the new Diamond and Pearl games.
7 / 10