Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team



It's Pokemon! But not up to snuff.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Your goal is to rescue other Pokemon. It creates a positive message of helping others.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence. Small 2D images bash each other with colorful sound effects and attacks - but nothing that looks like real violence.

Not applicable

Pokemon is a product and "Gotta Catch Them All" is the slogan.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this is a Pokemon game, it doesn't offer the polish, quality, and depth of gameplay fans have come to expect from the Pokemon series. Instead of finding, raising, and training a Pokemon from scratch, and then earning more Pokemon, this game is about combat and exploration only. One nice thing: For the first time, young gamers can play as a Pokemon. However, that novelty is not enough to overcome the repetitive gameplay. And while the game generates random game environments to explore, the game quickly became tedious.

What's it about?

POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON: RED RESCUE TEAM comes from ChunSoft and is basically a Pokemon-themed version of their long-running series of Mystery Dungeon games.

The game begins by having players answer a series of questions to determine what kind of Pokemon monster they will become. From there, the task is to search the virtual world for fellow Pokemon to challenge, befriend, and then take with you to clear countless and randomly generated dungeons. The dungeons make up the play world of this game and they are filled with treasures to collect and monsters to defeat. The combat is turn-based and not very tactical, although players can link moves in one turn. The objective is to make it through a dungeon by finding the staircase to the next dungeon.

Is it any good?


Pokemon is still a gaming phenomenon, despite the fact that it's been around for over a decade now. The reasons for this longevity are simple: solid gameplay and a hook that's irresistible to most children: once you start, you "Gotta catch them all!" Regardless of this marketing ploy, the Pokemon games (both card and video games) have generally been superb -- until now.

This newest episode, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, seems contrived. The developers have crammed the Pocket Monsters into a game environment that's not a good fit for them. While the action is nonstop and the random generation of the dungeon's configuration offer lots of replayability, the challenge is low. Playing through the game becomes a chore rather than a joy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to play the role of a battling Pokemon monster. Which Pokemon do they like to be? What is it like to find and recruit friends, solve puzzles, conquer dungeons, and save the day in a magical pretend world? Do you like this format as much as the earlier Pokemon games?

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance
Available online?Not available online
Release date:October 25, 2006
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byUxie Trixie Usa... May 1, 2013

Ginji's Red Rescue Team!

At the time of its release, Red and Blue Rescue Team were some of the two darkest Pokémon games, with, at the time, the darkest being Pokémon Colosseum which you don't seem to have available for review, which may or may not be good, though it centered on a terrorist in a desert country, similar to a place from the middle east, who just blew up his HQ, killing all his people, and stealing both some valuable Pokémon AND a device which can be used to capture Pokémon that are already caught by another person. But that doesn't really matter. Red Rescue Team centers around an amnesiac hero and his/her quest to recover his/her memories, and being on the run from Pokémon who think that he/she is actually evil. It's actually pretty hard to explain, but it's not as dark as Explorers, so you should feel safe about letting your child play this game.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Written byAnonymous November 4, 2011

Amazing and origional

I cried at the end. It teaches about loyalty to friends and bravery in hard times.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written by-insert usernam... July 4, 2011

Once again, Common Sense, you mislead...

I first played this game when I was nine; and I had an unbelievably fun time playing it. I was hooked from the beginning. Basically, the story is about you, the player, appearing in front of another Pokemon (that you can choose yourself), and not remembering anything from your past. The Pokemon you meet in the beginning asks you to start a Rescue Team with them, and it gets better from there. Sometimes, there's more story than play, but the story isn't bad. It's actually pretty good. I think that this is a GREAT game. A nice break from the old "all-play, no-story" repetitiveness of Pokemon games.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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