I think that just might be the longest Let’s Talk About title I’ve ever written :-). I’m a HUGE fan of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games. My favorite in the series has always been the original ones and that’s those are the ones that were remade for the Switch… and I’m honestly in love with it.
Mystery Dungeon DX is exactly what I wanted it to be. A remake of one of my favorite Pokemon games of all time. It stayed true to the original game without sacrificing what made this series so good. The major difference is the art style. It’s watercolor and absolutely beautiful. I can’t think of many games that used this kind of art style outside of Gris and that game is one of the best looking games ever made in my opinion.
The various different Pokemon (except Ekans) look fantastic. It’s almost as if they want to jump out of the screen. The environments are beautiful and the performance is fantastic. The last few Switch games that I’ve played have had some performance issues so I’m glad that this one (at least right now) doesn’t. So what is Mystery Dungeon DX? It’s basically a dungeon crawler mixed with roguelike elements. The only difference is that instead of collecting swords, shields, magic spells, etc you collect new Pokemon, apples, TMs, etc.
The gameplay loop has been criticized as super repetitive and boring. And I can see why most reviewers that have reviewed this game feel that way. I disagree. I really like the gameplay loop and going out on rescue missions with my rescue team. You basically go into town, accept some rescue missions, go into a dungeon, battle your way to the Pokemon or item you have to collect rinse and repeat for about 40 hours. There’s a full-length story and good boss fights against legendary Pokemon too.
I think my favorite part of this game, outside of the amazing soundtrack, is answering the randomly generated questions at the beginning of the game. Not only is the music that played in the background fantastic I love taking the personality quiz and seeing what Pokemon my personality matched up with.
There’s a lot of dialogue too. This game is story heavy and tells a better story than any main Pokemon game you can think of. As a matter of fact, all Mystery Dungeon games tell a better story than the mainline Pokemon games with the exception of maybe Black & White and Sun & Moon.
Mystery Dungeon is a really simple game and some people will not like that about it. Has it been dumbed down? Yes, and it’s annoying that it was because the older games weren’t even that hard, to begin with. I do like a lot of new stuff that was added to the game though. I love the fact that I can buy new bases on the fly as long as I have a Wigglytuff Orb. I love that recruiting Pokemon is easier in this game than in the original game. I used to have to run the same map over, and over, and over again until I got the Pokemon I wanted. So far I haven’t had to do that. I have a good amount of Pokemon in the 6 hours that I’ve put into this game.
I love that the newly recruited friends I made follow me around. I had 7 Pokemon following me when I went up against Gengar and we completely murdered the poor guy. And I love the story. It’s as good as I remember, but I did notice a lot of extra boss fights this time around. I think the original game had like 12 bosses. This one has 18. I’m very curious about what those new bosses are. The positives far outweigh the negatives right now. I don’t like that it’s been dumbed down, but it’s not like the game is that much easier than the original ones. You’ll still have to grind and repeat maps for certain Pokemon to join your rescue team and you’ll still have to make sure your party is strong enough to fight some of the harder bosses in the game.
I thought that I could cheat the system and gain a bunch of levels in the dojo, but you can only grind when you have a token. And you don’t even grow that many levels when you complete a dojo stage. I’ve been using the dojo to catch my weaker Pokemon up to my main party for when I want to use them. I also really love that I don’t just have to be my starter Pokemon this around. If I’m not mistaken, I had to finish the game in order to change the leader of my party in the original game. I don’t have to do that this time. I played as a Magnemite and Oddish already and I haven’t even beat Zapdos yet.
There’s a lot to like here and I want to play through the entire game before I write my review because I want to know those 6 extra bosses are. I think if you’re into games like this you might like this one. It’s much better than that Chocobo game that Square Enix released last year (I think) and if you enjoyed that one you’ll like this one too. But if you’re a fan of the original Pokemon games and you think this one is like those I would recommend playing the demo first before you buy.
What do you think of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX?