Pokemon mystery dungeon: explorers of time

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Poketháng Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Time recycles the aging Mystery Dungeon formula, but it's still worthwhile for fans of dungeon hacks.

By Austin Shau on April 29, 2008 at 5:59PM PDT


The Mystery Dungeon series from Chunsoft has been catering to lớn fans of two-dimensional role-playing games for years.

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The games offer random dungeons, plenty of items to collect (though rarely enough space khổng lồ carry them), clumsy turn-based combat, & a degree of challenge that often forces you to retry the same levels over và over again before you"re successful. With Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time, the Nintenvì chưng DS is getting two versions of its second Mystery Dungeon entry this year. Although these offerings take steps to lớn make the dungeon-hachồng trappings more accessible than last month"s Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer, they still feel monotonous and are too similar to 2006"s Poketháng Mystery Dungeon games to warrant much attention.

Explorers of Darkness và Explorers of Time break the Mystery Dungeon mold by providing you with a hometown and a central guild lớn which you can return. Game progress is broken down inlớn a combination of routine daily missions & story-based missions, và some plot exposition is given after you complete each. You can also save sầu your progress between missions & take care of your Poketháng in the sự kiện that it"s hungry. Consequently, making your way through these games is nowhere near as brutal as you might expect if you"re familiar with their predecessors.

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Gotta catch--er, recruit "em all!

If you"re at all familiar with the Pokemon franchise, then it"ll come as no surprise that unless you play both the Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness versions, you won"t be able to lớn meet và recruit all of the Poketháng in Mystery Dungeon"s story. However, this doesn"t make a huge difference when playing through the game. The variety of move sầu sets and resulting tactics between the two games doesn"t feel substantially different enough to warrant playing through both versions, and the presence of exclusive sầu items doesn"t add a great giảm giá either.

In any event, one version of this Poketháng Mystery Dungeon entry should suffice. You"ll get more than trăng tròn hours of gameplay from front to baông xã, and that doesn"t include the extra hours that you"ll spend leveling up or restarting after a game-over screen. There are plenty of optional missions to embark on as well, even after you"ve sầu completed the story. If you found the previous Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game disappointing and would rather just catch "em all as a Pokemon trainer, then this won"t likely change your mind. Chunsoft"s Mystery Dungeon formula is showing its age with jittery combat & bland dungeons, but these games still offer a decent balance of challenge, story, tactics, and Wi-Fi innovations to keep patient players entertained.