Published on October 30th, 2012 | by Dembonez19


Review: Pokémon Dream Radar

Review: Pokémon Dream Radar Dembonez19

Developer: Creatures, Inc.
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
System(s): 3DS eShop
Release Date: October 8, 2012



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When Pokémon Black and White introduced hidden abilities, a lot of excitement was raised for the new generation. These abilities helped a number of Pokémon tremendously by improving their competitive potential. There was only one way to do this before, however, and that was through Pokémon Dream World over the Global Link website. Back then, only Pokémon from the first four generations were available, but now Dream World has improved by including 5th generation Pokémon. With that also comes Pokémon Dream Radar which is an application that also features a handful of Pokémon from all generations that have their hidden abilities.

The game is played similarly to the 3DS freeware game: Face Raiders. Pokémon are collected by shooting clouds within a realm that ties together a real world and a dream world. Pokémon clouds are indicated by a yellow tint. Pokémon and items captured in Pokémon Dream Radar are transferred to Black 2 and White 2 via Unova Link which is located on the main menu screen. While attempting to capture the monsters found in the game, the player needs to watch the clock! If a Pokémon breaks free for too long, they will attack the clock and cause time to be lost. If there are too many hits, and the Pokémon disappears.

Similarly, Dream Orbs disappear after a certain amount of time although there is no accompanying clock. Dream Orb clouds are indicated by a pink tint although Dream Orbs can appear from yellow clouds instead of a Pokémon. The Dream Orbs are considered currency in which you pay Professor Burnet, your guide in the application, for new power-ups and extensions. As the Pokémon become more difficult to capture, new power-ups should be bought to keep up. The power-ups include items that slow down a Pokémon’s speed, stop them altogether, increase time, increase power, etc. There’s a power-up for every situation, and the extensions improve game play in general and increase different elements within the radar itself.

However, there are three huge reasons why Pokémon Dream Radar is such a big buy: Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus. These three Pokémon come with a hidden ability which is only accessible through the Dream Radar, and their formes are Radar-exclusive as well. Therian Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus come with the abilities Regenerator, Volt Absorb, and Intimidate respectively. Depending on how they’re used, these abilities can provide a definite competitive edge in battle. The appearance of the Therian monsters may not be to everyone’s liking. They’re certainly a stretch from their original Incarnate formes, however it is explained why they appear the way they do in the game.

If anyone would like to know the story of the Therian formes and how they came to be, or if anyone wishes to learn about Professor Burnet’s relationships to other characters in the main game, play Pokémon Dream Radar! It is $2.99 in the Nintendo 3DS e-Shop, and it is the only way to obtain the Therian monsters at the moment!

PS – If anyone is interested in capturing the mascots of their 4th generation Pokémon games (Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Ho-oh, and Lugia), there is a possibility that they will appear in Dream Radar if a 4th generation cart is inserted!

+ Therian forms
+ Easy Pokémon transfer system
+ Compatibility with Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
– Repetitive
– Pokémon that aren’t the Therian forms can easily be traded for since they appear so frequently

Final score: 3.5 out of 5

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Recent college graduate with a BA in Game Art and Design and extremely avid gamer to boot.

  • Another issue that I’ve had not touched upon here is how clouds tend to shift locations after capturing a Pokemon, making play once you’ve increased the number of clouds you can ‘pop’ pretty uncomfortable if seated. It definitely isn’t the kind of game you can play on public transport, that much is for certain.

    Still, its a fun little distraction and fuels its worth after you’ve obtained 50+ of each Pokemon available on it by giving you items you’ll always find a use for; PP Ups, Sacred Ash and Shards are among just a few of the really useful items I often obtain, along with evolution stones for my army of Eevee, lol

  • Great review. I’m gonna download this. It’s pretty cheap and I’m interested in getting those legendaries.

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