Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Game review by Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Nothing new, but still a fun dungeon crawler for fans.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 7+

Great game, but very violent for pokemon.

This game is very good, but not suitable for any children under the age of about 5, and due to the complexity of the plot would probably not make sense to most children up to the age of 7 or 8. I'm pretty sure "Mystery Dungeon: Explorers" is the first pokemon game where one character has attempted to kill another onscreen (and this happens more than once). On a note less related to whether it's age appropriate I think it's also the first pokemon game where two characters (Grovyle and Celebi) are in a romantic relationship. The words "suicide", "kill" or "die" are never used - only "disappear" is used, but these words would be a lot more appropriate to describe the issues and events in the game. This game's philosophically very deep, and has some very good lessons in it about morality, self sacrifice and the meaning of life. It's strange among games aimed at younger audiences (apparently it is, judging by the age rating, even if the game itself is more appropriate for teens) in that good and evil are generally pretty ambiguous. One character (Grovyle) implicitly tries to kill the player's partner, and though he had a reason to do so (needing to escape by any means necessary so that he can save the world) it's pretty extreme for a pokemon game. Also, if you play this game all the way through, and read all the text, YOU WILL CRY. It's the saddest story I've ever read or seen >>SPOILERS

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 7+

fancypants what are you on?

THIS GAME IS GREAT! good story, good fun cartoon action [not violence, action] and good messages about teamwork now please don't listen to TheFancyPants he is PARANOID. the main character doesn't die he gets lost in a time warp..... yeah it's explained in the game. there isn't anything about scuicide, the excecution..... i got nothing there. IT DEFINITELY ISN'T SCARY, IT HAS CARTOON ACTION AND IS GREAT FOR KIDS. I should know, i played through it because its fun!!! get this game if your kid is a pokemon fan.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 12, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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