Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team

Game review by Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

It's Pokemon! But not up to snuff.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 15 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Epic Classic!

This is a classic and the best Pokemon game I've ever played. The gameplay is very fun and simple. The story and boss fights are epic. The part where Absol comes to fight by your side is the best part. This game is a classic, and should be played by every gamer.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 5+

It's a hit or miss sort of thing.

The most important thing to remember when considering this game: it's NOT a Pokemon game. It's basically an improved rouguelike with Pokemon in it. (a.k.a The 'Mystery Dungeon' series = easier rouguelike with an actual story, music, and better graphics.) If you want a good idea of what the gameplay is like, go search Google for 'Nethack' or 'Crawl', play a floor or two, and decide if you like the gameplay or not (don't worry, Mystery Dungeon is much easier). Play through a few characters. If you do, buy it. If you do not, don't. Younger kids might not have enough patience to sit through a proper dungeon, but the game's major messages (take pride in what you do, don't ever give up, always help others, and learn to have gratitude) are worth it. Oh... the game is playable without knowing how to read, but it sort of looses all its purpose and charm, so only give it to READING kids.

Game Details

  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 25, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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