3DS Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity

Published on April 8th, 2013 | by admin

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Review

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a roguelike game developed by Spike Chunsoft for the Nintendo 3DS platform. It is quite an exuberant, boisterous package. The fact that you get to enjoy it in 3D makes it much more appealing. Even though the roguelike genre is not very popular among gamers, Gates to Infinity exudes charm owing to its vibrant, colorful setting; cute yet feisty Pokémon and stimulating background music.

The Plot

You Рthe player wake up after a terrifying nightmare and discover that you have been magically transformed into a Pok̩mon. You enter a world which is inhabited exclusively by Pok̩mon Рthere are no human beings whatsoever. There is great unrest in this realm as the Pok̩mon have become greedy, selfish and corrupt. You meet another Pok̩mon (CPU player or second player) and the two of you set out to build a new city which will be free of all nasty elements and will serve as the perfect Pok̩mon paradise. However, this turns out to be a herculean task. As you explore various dungeons in search of treasures, you encounter vicious enemies and grave dangers. If you manage to emerge victorious from your explorations, you can utilize the bounty to build the city but even if you make one single mistake Рit is game over!

Gameplay

The most rewarding aspect of the gameplay is the city-building but sadly, this part is quite scarce. For most of the time, the player explores dungeons Рwhich could have been thrilling but unfortunately, it is not! The dungeons are monotonous and exasperating to an extent. The locations are generic, the enemies are not all that threatening and there is no way of knowing if you will find a treasure. What is even more annoying is the fact that you will have to put up with uninspiring Pok̩mon conversations in between your missions. Had the plot been complex and intriguing, these conversations would have added a sense of melodrama. However, with such a simple plot, they are downright useless and obnoxious. They are as irritating as commercials while watching an interesting movie. Except in this case, even the movie is not all that compelling. The game does have its heroic moments, but these are too few and far between. The combat sequences are engaging initially but soon they become predictable. The CPU players are painfully idiotic! If you order them to attack, they expend the best powers like there is no tomorrow. Still, at least they do a good job of protecting you. The game is quite easy to play and it does not build up to the finale. It is enjoyable if you want to have some mindless fun without straining yourself too much!

Visuals

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to infinite has fantastic visual appeal. This is perhaps its only redeeming quality, apart from the music. The cacophony of colors and the dainty Pokémon are simply adorable. But that’s about it!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Review

The game has received mixed reviews from critics. IGN gave it a score of 4.5/10 while Gamespot awarded it 5 points out of 10. The game has great graphics and a superb concept but it fails to excite as it lacks depth and maturity. It feels as if the game has been haphazardly put together. A bit more attention to detail would have been greatly appreciated. The dungeons could have been really enchanting and marvelous but on the contrary they are excruciatingly boring.

Who is the game suitable for?

The controls are a bit too complex for very young individuals. However, they are a tad too simple for older generations. Hence, it is quite hard to ascertain who the target audience is. From a moral perspective the game suits everybody but from an intellectual perspective – well, it is suitable either for bright children or for dull teenagers!

Summary

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is not a bad game. Technically, it is rather well made. The visuals are sensational and the unforgiving nature of the genre does manage to invoke the slightest bit of trepidation. However, the game is heavily let down by its mediocre dungeon setting and insipid gameplay. Still, it acts a perfect mood enhancer and serves as a great stress buster after a tiring day.


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