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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky game review

It’s here! The new installment of the Mystery Dungeon series is a must for the true Pokémon fan. The story is the same: Save the Pokémon!

Nintendo for DS
Graphics: 6.0
Sound: 7.0
Gameplay: 7.0
Replay Value: 8.0
Overall Score: 7.0
Pros: Five new Pokémon to play as; WiFi offers many features; many Pokémon stories.
Cons: Too much like the previous games; gameplay graphics aren’t detailed enough; needs even more new Pokémon.


To a big Pokémon fan, this new game is like a road trip and heroic adventure combined. But it might be more interesting for the new Mystery Dungeon fan because of the similarities in gameplay to the last two games. For instance, remember the beginnings of Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness? You’re thrown into darkness. Then you see lightning and rocks that look like a wolf baring his scary teeth. It’s exactly the same in Explorers of Sky.

As in the other games, you have to take a personality test before you can play. You’ll answer questions such as whether you like karaoke and day-old cake and if you consider yourself to be a pushy person. To figure out your aura, it then asks you to press your finger on the touchscreen gently. (Actually, you’d better press hard or it won’t register.)

My aura was deep green, my favorite color. It was determined that I was brave type with a strong sense of justice and that I won’t turn away from someone in trouble. But I might be too pushy. I became the Electric Pokémon, Pikachu, and chose as my partner a Chimchar, a kind of monkey.

When the actual game begins, you’re washed on shore to meet your cowardly cohort, a Pokémon of your choosing. No matter which Pokémon you choose, he’ll start out as a wimp. And, as in the other games, you’ll start quests by retrieving your shy Pokémon’s stolen treasure.


As you go down, down, down into the deep Beach Caves, you’ll level up and become stronger quickly. Just remember to keep an eye on your health when you find the baddies who took that treasure and called your partner a wimp. Otherwise, you’ll faint and have to start all over again. One way to fend off fainting is to eat berries and apples when your HP meter is low. Keep an eye on that meter and eat often!

If you faint later in the game, you’re returned to your base of operation, Wigglytuff’s Guild. The penalty here is the loss of half of your money and some of the items you’ve been carrying.

Throughout the game, you’ll enjoy Special Episodes, including one with beaver-like creatures called Bibarels, hanging around outside a huge lodge they’ve built in a river. I have beavers near my house, which are sometimes annoying and sometimes cute. So it was a lot of fun to see something like them in a Pokémon game.

You can access the Special Episodes before you finish the main adventure, but you can only play one at a time.


You can play as five new Pokémon characters, including Phanpy, Rioly, Shinx, Eevee and Vulpix. With his long nose and elephant-like look, Phanpy might be the coolest. He’s certainly the only Ground Type available in the game.

You’ll also learn the back stories of a few characters such as Wigglytuff and why he decided to become an adventurer and how Bidoff was inducted into the Guild.

One of the coolest parts of the game comes when you meet the new Pokémon, Shaymin. He’ll become your pal and guide to the very top of Sky Peak. Climbing all the way up is a thrilling trip.

You can play the game either with the stylus and touchscreen or with the D-pad and buttons. This adds a little variety to the game. I like to switch between the two. But I do like the three ways of tapping an enemy to fight against him. One tap throws ammo at the enemy. A Double Tap uses a move you predetermine against your foe. And holding after tapping begins your normal attack.

pokemon1GET A JOB

Along the way, you’ll take several jobs to save the Pokémon. Sometimes, you’ll find a bottle on the shore with a message inside that’s actually a new job. And sometimes, you’ll see a job posting in the Guild. Then you’ll have to fight an evil Pokémon.

Not too long into the game, a feature called Chimecho Assembly becomes available. At that point, you’ll be able to recruit defeated Pokémon to join your exploration team. Some won’t want to join, but many will.

In Treasure Town, you’ll find that new shops keep opening up. There’s a juice bar, a storage facility and Marowak Dojo, where your team battles wild Pokémon. Chansey’s Day Care is where eggs you have won as gifts for finishing jobs will go. Chansey helps hatch small Pokémon in just a few days.


Many dungeons can feel the same because the graphics don’t really change. However, the layout of the dungeons changes every time you enter, making each excursion somewhat of a new experience. But it’s not quite new enough.

There are WiFi features from the other games. If your team faints during battle, you can call on a friend to rescue you. Before your pal gets to the rescue point, he’ll have to defeat a bunch of tough foes. Also, when you’re using the WiFi features, look for the Wonder S Mail Service. Here, you can download special jobs that are otherwise unavailable in the game. Finally, you can trade your team for a friend’s team via WiFi.

If you’re picky about your Pokémon, you might find that this game is too much like the other games. However, the diehard Pokémon fan will discover hours of exploration. Through reading, you’ll learn new tales about creatures that are pretty entertaining. But if money is a little tight this year, think about renting the game to see if it’s different enough for you before buying it.

34 Comments on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky game review

  1. i am a squirtle and my partner is eevee

    • im a charmander and my partner is chikorita. im in hidden land and i cannot complete the dungeon, the dragonite keeps defeating me!

  2. jirachilover // November 10, 2012 at 9:37 am // Reply

    someone please tell me how to get all legendarys in my mystery dungeon sky!!! P.S my team is piplup (me) and cyndaquil.

  3. How do you get other pokemon on your team

  4. I’m an eevee and my teammate is vulpix. How di I evolve them? Can I get eevee to evolve to leafeon? And how about espeon & umbreon? Where do I get the fire stone to evolve vulpix? Please answer!

  5. night shadow // January 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm // Reply

    Can someone help me I really don’t like when they choose my character I want to choose my own:/

  6. Can someone please tell me all the Pokemon you can be in this game. I have Pokemon explores of time and my team Is pikachu and charmander. P.s I am a girl lol

  7. my team is tirtwig and charmander well acually tortara and charzard lv.100

  8. Ps. Im a girl ^_^

  9. I need a code for sky that works because i need a secret slab/mystery part so i can get deoxys in shimmer hill floor 17

  10. Is it possible to recruit rayquaza?

  11. Anonymous // May 6, 2011 at 3:58 am // Reply

    help me defeat dialga using shinx and phanphy

  12. why do you fight the guide?

  13. my team is a Chimchar and a Pikachu.

  14. if u have a riollu use tm focus punch it is beast

  15. my team of a pikachu and a riolu

  16. how to defeat darkrai??

    • ok first kill arbok and magmortar then make sure you have plenty of reviver seeds then hit darkrai with your most powerfull attack

  17. how to get phanpy

  18. how do I evolve my mudkip and phanpy

    • defeat the whole game and go to Luminous Spring you might need an item or level up a few levels

    • ok what you do is you go to luminous springs to evolve your pokemon. after you beat darkrai, and you get the stage called marine resort.

  19. how do i evolve my phanpy

  20. My team is a pink celebi and mew . If you wanna know how i got them ill tell you its called action replay . Woot .

    • whytheactionreplay? // February 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm // Reply

      If you use an action replay, all of the fun gets sucked out of it. Plus it can wreck your game.I own an Action Replay (haven’t used it in at least a year), and when I used it, everything became too easy. 75% of the fun is challenge, 15% storyline, and 10% puzzles (though there aren’t any in this game, so 25% is storyline). Using an action replay leaves you with 25% of the fun.

  21. how do i evolve my riolu

  22. how to evolve mudkip and treeko please help me

  23. XtremeSage // July 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm // Reply

    My team is a Riolu and a Persian

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