June 13, 2021

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team’s Storybook Switch Makeover Is Enchanting

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Blue for the Nintendo DS and Red for the Game Boy Advance looked good enough on their respective systems, but the upcoming Switch version, with its adorable hand-drawn art style, is downright delightful.

Spike Chunsoft’s Mystery Dungeon series is all about roguelike dungeon crawling. The games’ heroes, be they Dragon Quest characters, Chocobos, or Pokémon, explore top-down dungeons one step at a time. When the player steps, every enemy in the dungeon steps. Characters perform attacks, collect items and equipment, and complete quests in order to level up and take on greater challenges. Should the player’s party die, they lose all money and items in their inventory at the time, so careful equipment management and banking of funds between dungeons is imperative.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, like its 2006 portable predecessors, begins by asking the player a random series of questions. Do they vacation alone or with friends? What would they do if they came across someone being bullied? Do they think they are cool? The answers to these questions determine which of the 16 different playable Pokémon they player finds themselves transformed into as the story opens. I got Chikorita during my playthrough of the free demo available now on the Switch eShop. I could have overruled that choice, but who could say no to that face?

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