User Rating: 9.8 | Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Aka no Kyuujotai GBA
ChunSoft done it this time, this is definitely one superior Pokemon game ever released for a handheld system!!! Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (PMD) is a great new game where you play as a boy/girl who wakes up as a Pokemon and finds himself able to communicate with other Pokemon easily without the use of telepathy.

STARTING- You will first start the game with a number of questions which will determine what Pokemon you will be. There are 14 possible starters, 10 of them from Pokemon Blue, Red, Yellow to Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, and 4 extras.
The List- Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Cyndaquil, Chikorita, Totodile, Pikachu, Trecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Eevee, Meowth, Machop and Skitty.
You will also be able to choose your partner, however, you won’t be able to choose the 4 extras and you can’t choose a partner that is the same element as you. After that is all done, you will have to help rescue a Caterpie, then later on your partner will ask you to form a rescue team, that’s where it all begins.

THE GAME- The gameplay of PMD is very different than what you normally play in an ordinary Pokemon game. This game, there are NO trainers, you will be ABLE to talk to Pokemon like they were also humans, and there also a lot of difference in how you battle.
The Battles- The battles takes place in randomly generated dungeons, in other words, it’s impossible to memorize it. Whenever an enemy Pokemon walks up to you, you can either do a simple attack, or use a skill which like in normal Pokemon games, it drains PP. There are all sorts of moves you can learn, each with their own range, effects, strengths and weaknesses. All of the attack moves used in PMD follows very closely to the original Pokemon games, some have been modified to make the game work properly, such as Return and the amount of PP. You will also have the ability to move diagonally (finally) which allows you to move past sleeping Pokemon and traps which will appear later in the game.
Recruiting Team Members- Well in PMD, there is no technology, meaning no Pokeballs, meaning, you can’t catch Pokemon, however, you can recruit Pokemon to join your rescue to make it stronger and stronger. Most of them can’t be recruited until you finish the main storyline (beating Rayquaza) so just keep playing ‘till you reach the end.
Evolution- Unlike ordinary Pokemon games, evolution is the least important thing in PMD. Why? This is because Pokemon stats in PMD doesn’t change whether they evolve or not so there is not mush of a need to evolve, unless you want to learn new skills, like Charizard can learn Wing Attack, while Charmander and Charmeleon can’t.

THE STORYLINE- The most magnificent thing about the game is the wonderful storyline, which will keep you stuck with the game for 20 – 30 hours (I certainly did). Although the ending was a little stupid with the Rayquaza and all (I’m not gonna be a spoiler).

THE GAMEPLAY- The gameplay itself can be a bit repetitive, but it’s all fun and pretty addictive. You will basically go through the dungeons killing enemies, leveling up and collecting items while rescuing your client. There is no doubt that this game can keep a Pokefan playing for at least 40 hours.

THE GRAPHICS- Well, in PMD is a very colourful and beautiful world so it is a very great thing, however, because it is also made for the GBA, the DS version doesn’t have different in graphics comparing to the GBA.

THE SOUND- The music is great in the game, but I did wish it was a little better for the GBA, because the DS version was definitely better to listen.

EXTRAS *Skip this if you want to*:
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate:
If you got the show, or have CN, or just love Pokemon the anime series, then watch Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate, this show is about a boy who turned into a Squirtle (I wish it was something else, Squirtle just ain’t my style, and maybe some of you will agree….).

CONCLUSION- Overall this game is full of fun and is very addictive, and the best storyline ever (except the part of Rayquaza thing), you have to get this game if you have a DS or GBA and a true blue Poke-fan must have this. I certainly hope there will be a Yellow, then perhaps Gold, Silver rescue teams, then Ruby… and so on…