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Pokémon Dream Radar

22:1414/11/2012Posted by Charles Etheridge-NunnNo Comments

Released approximately the same time as Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, this game does a lot of what Pokédex 3D Pro fails to do. It’s a game, for starters, and a fairly simple one which is fine, given the low price point of £2.70 (or $2.99). I bought it without hesitation on release after hearing that the minigame present in Dream Radar directly affects the core DS game.

You’re introduced to another one of the many plant-based professors in the Pokémon world (and that alone must be some kind of scam). This one has a device to look into the dream world and try to retrieve Pokémon from it. The dream world in this case is realised by looking through the camera on the 3DS. So it’s your living room, your kitchen, your bathroom if you’re weird and your train if you want to annoy fellow commuters. Looking through the camera you see pink and grey clouds floating around. The A button shoots them, breaking off little orbs of dream energy which help afford you upgrades to your device. The reason behind all of this is hunting down the grey clouds and looking for Pokémon in them.

When you break open a grey cloud it could turn into orbs, or you’ll see a shiny circle darting around your room like that bloody moth who gets in the flat in the middle of the night and refuses to leave. This time you can shoot it with no repercussions to your room though. You keep the beam over it, Ghostbusters style, trapping either the Pokémon or an object it’s left behind. Each of these items and monsters can be transferred to your copy of Pokémon Black 2 or White 2.

The main ‘quest’ of the game is to collect enough orbs to hunt down alternate forms of the three Kami Pokémon, who looked incredibly lazily designed in Black 1 & White 1, being three almost identical men with clouds as their lower halves and moustaches. Their alternate form are more animalistic, more interesting and able to be your little precocious murder machines. While you can only grab a handful of Pokémon and items, the selection increases after each of the Kami Pokémon you acquire. There are even codes to unlock Hoothoot, Slowpoke & Metang, and if you insert old Pokémon DS game cartridges, you can unlock the cover legendaries such as the mighty Lugia (may he watch over us all and smite those he judges unworthy) and the others from Heartgold, Soulsilver, Diamond, Pearl and Platinum.

Effectively, Pokémon Dream Radar is paid DLC for Pokémon, with a fun little minigame to unlock it. I doubt I’ll play it at all once I’ve unlocked everything I can (when I’ve found my copy of Diamond to get Dialga, mainly), but it’s a nice way of delivering content which is often seen as way too exclusive.

Don’t buy unless you have Pokémon Black 2 or White 2, but if you do, it’s a great addition to your arsenal.

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