Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Hands-On) (Nintendo DS) Preview

By Mike Mason 20.06.2009

Review for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Hands-On) on Nintendo DS

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series is back and looking, well, much the same as it ever has. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is the fifth installment in the series, but isn't so much an all new title as it is an expanded version of last year's Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness duo.

The game's core mechanics and plot haven't undergone any significant changes. Players will once again find themselves in the role of a human being who has been mysteriously transformed into a Pokémon, although the selection of available starting Pokémon has been bolstered with newcomers such as Evee and Vulpix. In fact, the total number of Pokémon in the game now exceeds 490, with 19 of those being directly playable. The game's story will also be bolstered with a series of 'Special Episodes' that aim to delve into the background of several supplementary characters from the original duo of games, such as Wigglytuff and Sunflora.

Screenshot for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Hands-On) on Nintendo DS

None of these extras, however, were demonstrated in the game's E3 demo, which consisted of nothing but a single dungeon to wander through. While the Mystery Dungeon franchise is hardly known for reinventing it's central gameplay mechanics, Explorers of Sky is literally indistinguishable from its sister titles. The mix of apparent real-time actions and turn-based combat makes a return, you're once again joined by a Pokémon companion, and controls are as they ever were. Developer Chunsoft has done nothing to fix what isn't broken, then, but it's also done nothing to entice players previously turned off by the polarizing Mystery Dungeon formula.

Screenshot for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Hands-On) on Nintendo DS

Final Thoughts

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky looks to be more of the same with a few extra dungeons, additional Pocket Monsters (including some Legendaries and alternate forms from Pokémon Platinum) and plot extensions thrown in for good measure. Whether these new additions will warrant a purchase for those who already own Explorers of Darkness/Time remains to be seen, but at least the fundamentals are still in place.






Turn Based RPG



C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (18 Votes)

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So Sky is kind of like Emerald or Platinum in that it's a 'third' version...?

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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Yup. Seems like overkill to me, but it should be a good choice for anyone who was interested in, but ended up missing out on, EoD/EoT.

Cubed3 Staff [ Retro Editor :: Previews Editor ]


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