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Pokémon Dream Radar (3DS eShop) Review

Review for Pokémon Dream Radar on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Tying in with the release of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 is an interesting little shooting game available now on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Pokémon Dream Radar uses some of the handheld's unique capabilities to catch Pokémon in a whole new fashion, but is it a worthwhile purchase for Pocket Monster fans?

As an assistant to Professor Burnet, the player is tasked with helping her research dreams by catching Pokémon in the Interdream Zone. Using augmented reality and the Nintendo 3DS' built-in cameras, Dream Clouds appear in players' real life surroundings. By moving the 3DS system around, the aim is to shoot the pink clouds and collect the Dream Orbs that pop out, with the less common grey clouds yielding a glowing orb that may hold either a Pokémon or item. These glowing orbs move around the room quickly, making them difficult to shoot, but by repeatedly hitting them with the beam and filling a meter that appears, the orbs are obtained and reveal the identity of their contents. Dream Orbs act as a sort of currency to buy various upgrades, such as increasing the power of the beam or allowing more clouds to appear. Special items can also be purchased to make Pokémon easier to catch, and are usable through a quick tap of the Touch Screen. Only a certain amount of Dream Clouds appear to begin with, and once they have been destroyed it takes time for them to reappear. The more clouds that are popped, the longer it takes for them all to regenerate.

Pokémon Dream Radar is designed pretty much completely for owners of the most recent role-playing entries in the series -- Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. All of the Pokémon and items that the player collects in Pokémon Dream Radar can be transferred to the Nintendo DS games. There is only a specific selection of the huge number of different Pokémon that exist to catch in this game, but the majority of them hold Hidden Abilities that may not be available in the RPGs, and the collectable items can be very helpful or rare in the DS games, adding extra incentive for Black 2 and White 2 owners to play Pokémon Dream Radar.

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Perhaps the biggest reason to buy this downloadable title is the chance to catch the Therian Formes of the three legendary Pokémon, Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus. Additionally, if players insert a Generation IV game card into the Nintendo 3DS (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver), more legendary Pokémon can be caught in Pokémon Dream Radar, such as Dialga and Ho-Oh. These guys are a lot harder to catch than other normal Pokémon, with them vanishing and appearing elsewhere around the room and firing beams back at the player. After capturing one of the Generation V legendary Pokémon though, more normal Pokémon and additional items become available to catch.

Pokémon Dream Radar is remarkably easy to play; the motion controls are accurate and hardly ever cause problems for the player. The augmented reality feature provides a somewhat engaging experience, and although there are the odd occasions where the clouds clash with bright lights around the player's environment, this problem doesn't rear its head too often.

It should be clearly noted, however, that Pokémon Dream Radar is nothing more than an additional mini-game to accompany Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. The very limited space of the Pokémon box and item pack further proves the point that this game is designed to be continuously linked up with the two RPGs to transfer the creatures and goodies obtained in the dream world. There is almost nothing here for those that don't own either of the two versions of the Pokémon Black / White sequels, so anyone without should definitely steer clear. Those that do play them will find moderate amusement out of this game for a brief period of time, until the legendary Pokémon have been caught and not much else is left to go back for, unless the items players can continue to collect prove a quick and easy method of obtaining them for their needs in the RPGs.

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Gameplay

The motion controls are executed perfectly, with aiming and shooting accurately coming naturally. It doesn't take too long for the rinse and repeat formula of bursting clouds to becoming somewhat tedious, though.

Graphics

There is a clear presentation in the menus and lovely CG art of the Pokémon. The augmented reality is portrayed very well, too, despite the obvious graininess of the system's cameras coming through.

Sound

Of the little variation in music used in the menus, it definitely has that typical Pokémon sound to it, but that's about all there is in terms of a soundtrack. The usual Pokémon cries are used after capturing one of the monsters.

Value

It won't take too long for players to catch the three legendary Pokémon, and there isn't much additional replay value after that. The idea is that owners of Black 2 and White 2 will keep returning to bag more items and Pokémon to take back and help them in their DS adventures.

Cubed3 Rating

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Pokémon Dream Radar seems to be the sort of title that players will come back to at least once a day, just to see what Pokémon and items they can capture each time round. The cheap price of the game is somewhat appealing, but the main attraction is that of capturing the trio of legendary Therian Forme Pokémon on offer, so players will have to decide whether they want to spend £2.69 to get them or not. Unfortunately, there isn't an awful lot else to come back for, but it is proof that augmented reality and motion controls work extremely well together. For those that don't own Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2, however, remember to avoid this one.

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Sounds like an intriguing concept, but I'd rather stick with a standalone game like Spirit Camera, to be honest.

Also, definitely needs a warning of uselessness to those with(out!) P B/W2!

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Adam Riley said:
Also, definitely needs a warning of uselessness to those with P B/W2!

You mean without Smilie

Playing Black2 and Dream Radar has been of some use to me! I even got my favourite Pokémon a lot earlier than you normally can in the game. However yeah it's really not much, it unfortunately doesn't even use 3D and while I understand using Gyro + 3D at the same time could be confusing I'd at least like an option with a game like this!
Thankfully it's so small.. and the game should really be promoted alongside BW2 almost exclusively, it's basically pointless to anyone without those games.

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Damn them for making the legendary trio exclusive to this. :/ You can get only either Tornadus or Thundurus in Black/White and you have to have both in order to get Landorus. I really wouldn't mind paying €3 for this to get them but I can't actually buy anything from the eShop as I have no credit card and they don't sell eShop cards here. Even then, there's a minimum amount of money you have to add which is really annoying.

No luck trying to get Tornadus from GTS either. Smilie

 
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Damn them for making the legendary trio exclusive to this. :/ You can get only either Tornadus or Thundurus in Black/White and you have to have both in order to get Landorus. I really wouldn't mind paying €3 for this to get them but I can't actually buy anything from the eShop as I have no credit card and they don't sell eShop cards here. Even then, there's a minimum amount of money you have to add which is really annoying.

No luck trying to get Tornadus from GTS either. Smilie


If you had a credit/debit card, or borrowed someone else's you can add ONLY the funds for the item you want to purchase, by going to the page in the eShop and tapping "Purchase" it'll then tell you to add funds and at the bottom you can choose to add only the funds you need. So say you had £2 and the game you wanted was £4.50 you could use this option to add only £2.50 extra and no more. This even applies when you don't have anything in your eShop wallet.

I know if I really wanted to buy something, I'd ask to borrow someone's card and give them the money back. (I have done it before, when I didn't have my debit card) Though it all depends on how well they know you and if they trust you or not. Glad my friends can trust me. Smilie

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