The Pokemon Thriller Dungeon sequence has been championed by its followers, at all times leaving them wanting extra. Within the type of a basic Japanese top-down Rogue-like dungeon crawler, it expands upon the mechanics of the mainline Pokemon RPGs, with a whimsical story that may be surprisingly witty and heartfelt. A demo for Pokemon Thriller Dungeon: Rescue Staff DX was launched just lately, and we took a glance to see what the fuss was all about.
Issues begin out with you waking up in a world of Pokemon, devoid of people with your self having become certainly one of them. Regardless of how peaceable every part appears, there have been a spate of earthquakes and different pure disasters, making the wild Pokemon extra liable to lash out. After rescuing a close-by Pokemon, you be a part of up with a brand new pal to turn into a Rescue Staff.
There may be not a lot narrative past that within the demo, apart out of your character affected by odd desires. Nonetheless, every part feels twee, comfortable, and pleasant. The odd smirk-worthy dialogue takes you off guard just because it’s a shock with every part else coming throughout as somewhat easy.
This seems to hold over into gameplay at first, however it’s removed from the reality. You discover randomly generated dungeons whereas finishing missions you may have accepted, exploring every ground whereas ensuring your “Stomach” meter doesn’t get too low.
Issues initially appear fairly simple. Your beginning Pokemon get extra highly effective and various strikes than the unique, and the Makuhita Dojo serves a brand new operate (not less than within the demo). Quite than accessing further dungeons for a group to finish, you change tickets for real-life time-limited dungeons for one Pokemon to blitz through- gaining a variety of EXP. You might be auto-revived in them as nicely.
With the mainline sport’s points with a scarcity of problem and over-leveling, issues about problem rapidly mounted. The aforementioned dojo even had tutorials for gadgets, after you had already cleared two dungeons. The sport has auto-moving modes to discover or discover the exit (stopping whenever you see an enemy). As a substitute of selecting a transfer, you may even faucet A to make use of the “greatest” transfer for the state of affairs.
Nevertheless, this modified after wanting on the sport’s phrases through the glossary, and evaluating it with the unique. Pokemon Thriller Dungeon: Rescue Staff DX‘s demo exhibits a variety of potential to maintain its difficult useful resource administration, planning, and survival-focus.
Whereas there are some modifications that do make issues debatably fairer (you may freely change which Pokemon you management from the beginning, and you may see enemies and gadgets on the mini-map very similar to the X-Ray Specs used to), some modifications make issues more durable to compensate.
Whilst you may endure an empty abdomen for fairly some time to maximise the usage of your meals within the unique, you now take a far bigger chunk of injury per-action when hungry. You additionally now not have any common attacks- that means the variety of instances you should use a transfer turns into as necessary as its vary, kind, results, and so forth.
Together with the addition of strikes, sorts, and talents from later mainline video games (however nonetheless protecting the primary three generations of Pokemon), some bosses will be capable of make the most of particular climate that heals them. Mixed with thrown gadgets with infinite vary, some enemies transferring by partitions, and how one can lose virtually half your HP per-attack regardless of being over-leveled, and chances are you’ll have to level-up when you may to succeed.
Many powerful components of the unique sport return as nicely. You’ve gotten a restricted stock, mixed with the store being randomized each time you come to city. As such, selecting what to deliver and when to make use of it turns into a test- particularly when treasure chests have to be carried out of a dungeon to be opened.
As well as, you may take a number of non-story missions without delay. So you may clear all missions in the identical dungeon in a single journey, encouraging you to push deeper (and extra greedily). Although hanging round on a ground for too lengthy will trigger you to be blown out of the dungeon, stopping farming.
Strikes may get extra highly effective the extra you employ them- successfully leveling-up similar to the characters themselves, and for any ally Pokemon who then makes use of that very same transfer. As such, weaker strikes can nonetheless have a goal based mostly on their properties. Do you go for energy or vary? A large protection of Varieties, or stack up on one Kind in case you run out of PP?
Whilst you can freely re-learn forgotten strikes, strikes will also be “Linked.” This permits them for use one after the opposite on the identical flip (in change for some spent Stomach meter). You virtually have extra to consider and strategize in battle than the mainline Pokemon video games.
Graphically the sport is somewhat easy. Whereas this could possibly be thought of a tribute to the Sport Boy Advance and early DS graphics, you may simply argue that it’s both charming (particularly with the storybook-style filter), or the $60 price-tag being steep for what’s on show.
Whereas the city appears extra pure and fewer sq. than it as soon as did, dungeons have sq. rooms and straight corridors. Little or no is completed to cover this, particularly when the digicam hangs high-above to cover any lack of element or animation. Even so, nothing on show is egregious.
Apart from just a few retro sound results from the unique sport, the music sounds as if trendy soundfonts have been used on the unique association. That is removed from a grievance, and it’s certain to be a delight to those that performed the unique.
Although, not one of the music within the demo actually stands out in case you are not a fan. Exploring unknown forests and caves are suitably moody, and the city is stress-free and peppy. Very like the sound results for strikes and extra, it it suits completely nicely.
This demo for Pokemon Thriller Dungeon: Rescue Staff DX was rescued by the data of how the unique sport did issues, and the in-game glossary hinting one thing better. Whereas it could possibly come throughout as very simple, there may be a variety of potential for a shocking problem wrapped in a sugar-coating.
Followers of the unique converse of late-game challenges with a mixture of pleasure and apprehension, the place ranges imply nothing and surviving the dungeon is extra necessary than the battles. Right here is hoping the thriller retains all of the suspense of the unique.
Particular because of “Caelio” on the Niche Gamer Discord server.