All of your dreams of becoming a PokÃ©mon and going on an adventure without a trainer can now come true. Ok, maybe its just me…
PokÃ©mon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Of Sky is the latest in the Mystery Dungeon series of PokÃ©mon games by Nintendo on the DS. In these games the player takes on the role of a PokÃ©mon, rather than a human trainer, in a world that seems entirely populated by PokÃ©mon and devoid of human life. That’s gotta be fun, right?
The player will start the game by taking a personality test that will deduce which of the nineteen available PokÃ©mon they play as. Then, it is time to venture out into this PokÃ©mon based world and complete tasks within randomly generated dungeons in order to proceed. Gather together a group of PokÃ©mon and do combat with the “evil” pokÃ©mon, whilst collecting items and experience.
Newly added to this episode of the series are hundreds of new items and shops, two new starting PokÃ©mon, a new PokÃ©mon to meet in game, some new dungeons and the inclusion of some special episodes.
It is important to point out that, amongst all of this new content, that the story is the same as Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time. Whilst this may be disappointing, the inclusion of the special episodes certainly brake the monotony. As you play through the game, you will occasionally unlock one of these new episodes, that can be played at any time. Whilst adding nothing to the story itself, these episodes are small, self-contained adventures featuring some of the characters that are met during the game.
The other extras added to this game are not such a big deal. The extra starting PokÃ©mon are nice, but the chances of having one of these PokÃ©mon are still dependant on the personality test. The new ingame PokÃ©mon doesn’t really add much, but at least its a new face. The new dungeons add a bit of variety to the game, but they are not so different to the others. The new items and shops are a big deal, as you can never have enough items and places to buy or sell them. To be honest, the introduction of the new content, with the exception of the interesting special episodes, seems a bit lacklustre.
The gameplay is identical to the others. Players have the choice of using the buttons or stylus for control. The buttons work well and as expected, however the stylus controls are clumsy and will probably be avoided by most players. Play revolves around heading in a dungeon and completing tasks, leveling up, completing more tasks etc. This kind of gameplay can become a bit tedious, unless you are a fan of the genre.
Graphically, although no real changes have been made, the game looks good. The sprites are cute and clear and the backgrounds are as you would expect in a PokÃ©mon game. This may look a bit dated now, but it is easily recognisable. The audio is good and again is recognisable as a PokÃ©mon game.
Basically, If you are a PokÃ©mon fan and have not played any of the Mystery Dungeon games yet, then this is the best one to start with. However, players of Explorers of Time or Explorers of Darkness will have trouble finding enough new content to warrant purchasing this game.
Worth considering for first timers and avid fans, Explorers of Sky is essentially the same game as Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness.