True the game is repetitive, but thats the same for all pokemon games. lol, The game isnt actually half bad, if you are a pokemon fan. Take the grind factor in leveling one pokemon like black n white. It brings a different side of pokemon allowing u to befriend n use different pokemon as soon as u catch it. I reckom it lets you experience n use difference pokemon that u normally never use just because u think that are weak. Personally the score is a bit under rated, especially if u haven't played pokemon wii ware. Its an extension of pokemon, but ur using a 3D pokemon toy to fight and befriend (Capture lolz) definitely worth a play ^^
Pokemon Rumble Blast is an overly simplistic, repetitive action game.
- Toy Pokemon characters have a compact, cute charm
- Lots of Pokemon to collect.
- Extremely simplistic and repetitive combat
- Sparse variety in stages and settings
- Brain-dead bosses
- Trying to improve Pokemon feels like a waste of time and effort
- Few changes from the WiiWare game.
Pokemon is a series that comprises a multitude of titles, the majority of which are actually spin-offs. These spin-offs tend to vary wildly in quality--some of them are exceptionally well done, while others are mediocre, and a few of them are just downright bad. Pokemon Rumble Blast is a follow-up to a rather obscure 2009 WiiWare game, and at first, it seems like it might offer up some mindless fun. Unfortunately, the "fun" part quickly evaporates after a short amount of play, revealing that a game that should be a "blast" is just mindless tedium.
Rumble Blast, like the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series before it, is based in a world entirely separate from the central Pokemon setting. In this world, Pokemon are sentient tin windup toys. It's a cute idea, and the squat, angular toy Pokemon have a distinct style and charm while still being recognizable. These toys seem to live for combat and spend most of their existence either fighting or preparing to fight in big battles. There's a flimsy story where some malevolent force is trying to steal the healing glowdrops from the various settlements in the world for nefarious purposes, but it's unlikely to hold your interest.
To move the story along, you recruit strong Pokemon to your cause from various locations and then enter competitions and storm enemy strongholds. After you finish these tasks, you unlock a new area with new recruiting locations and a new arena or enemy base. There are a handful of hub towns where you can heal, buy additional skills, and access collection data and multiplayer features, but the core cycle of the game's progression doesn't change much.
The key to success in Pokemon Rumble Blast is recruiting strong Pokemon for your team. Each area in the game has a few locations (meadow, forest, cave, tower, beach, and so on) where specific Pokemon dwell, and you need to visit as many of these locations as possible--some perhaps more than once--to get a sufficient quality and variety of Pokemon. These locations consist of a series of straightforward overhead-view maps where you take on gaggles of Pokemon at once, attempting to knock out as many as possible without getting KO'd yourself. Defeating these foes rewards you with either money or a new member for your team. Each Pokemon you recruit is distinct in its own way, with differing stats and abilities (which will likely remain unchanged for the majority of the game). Even if you recruit two of the same Pokemon, they are likely to have different attacks and strengths. At the end of these linear levels is a big boss Pokemon with a lot of health and strong attacks. Beating these bosses yields both copious amounts of cash and the potential to recruit a high-powered bruiser to your crew. After amassing a sufficiently strong Pokemon army, you can then move on to special story-progressing arenas with slight combat variations like battle royale and team battle. This probably doesn't sound too bad so far, and to its credit, Pokemon Rumble Blast does a good job of replicating the enjoyable collection element of the core Pokemon games.
Unfortunately, that's where the fun ends. The central gameplay of Pokemon Rumble Blast is extremely simplistic: the circle pad/D-pad moves your selected Pokemon around the arena, while A and B perform the attacks the Pokemon comes equipped with (many Pokemon have only an A button attack unless taught an additional skill). There are no super-special attacks, no skillful jumping or dodging maneuvers, and no special items to power you up: you just run around and try to evade attacks being lobbed at you while mashing your own attack buttons. While your attacks have different properties (including classic Pokemon skill types that increase effectiveness against certain foes), once you find something that works well, does a lot of damage, and keeps you a good distance from enemies, you really have no reason to stop using it--until your favorite Pokemon either gets low on health points (or KO'd) or is simply too weak to be effective against the foes in that area. In that case, you simply pick another Pokemon with an effective skill that does a lot of damage and keeps you a good distance from enemies. The game presents an illusion of strategy by offering a huge variety of Pokemon and move types, but there is little incentive to change things up because the best skills are consistently effective on everything. You can even forgo attacking entirely and simply run around all the enemies until you reach the boss, but you won't be getting any stronger teammates that way.
I got this for christmas and feel really bad. I'm grateful that I got a game that I wouldn't have had incentive to buy myself but I agree with this review, after about an hour and a half (or less) it just doesn't do much for you... at all. I honestly feel most of Nintendo's release titles for this system were kind of just marketing tools. That doesn't make them BAD (Super Mario 3d land is very fun to say the least), but I feel they're more easy money formulas than purposeful games
This is why I find GS Reviews irrelevant, Heidi Is clearly the wrong person for this review for one, she has missed the beauty behind Rumble, and that is it isn't like the main games which are RPGs, this is basically just a mindless Pokemon Beat'em up, which is the point. That is not to say this is a perfect game but rather it serves its purpose. It seems Heidi went in wanting to or already hating this game and it's too bad that her score of 4.5 will keep a lot of gamers who don't know better than to ignore GS Reviews, from getting this game. In the end the User score is a better indicator as it is an overall score of gamer's personal experiences with the game itself, or the best indicator is just to play the game yourself and see if you like it or not rather than trusting some paid reviewer's score and personal opinion in this case as Heidi as seemed to inject a lot of her own personal venom into this review. I hope they aren't paying you to much Heidi. Where's Navarro when you need him.
- Player Reviews: 3
- Game Universe:
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (DS, GBA),
- Pokemon Snap (N64),
- Pokemon Puzzle League (N64),
- PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond (WII),
- Pokemon Rumble Blast (3DS),
- Pokemon Black Version (DS),
- Pokemon White Version (DS),
- PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (WII),
- Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (DS),
- Pokemon HeartGold Version (DS)
- Number of Players: