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Gameplay 6.9
Graphics 6.8
Sound 7.0
Value 7.0
Distributor: Nintendo
Classification:
G8+
Reviewer:
Andrew B

7.0

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Pokemon Dash

Pokemon Dash is one of the first generation of games for the Nintendo DS that is probably the world's first interactive racing title. The title is set within the Pokemon universe and gamers get to control Pikachu (that strange yellow creature) in a variety of different races that span the globe. The look and feel of Pokemon Dash is two divided into two screens, with the top LCD used as a radar (and map), with the bottom LCD screen used to control your characters through the gaming environment.

Although the gameplay of Pokemon Dash is rather simplistic, in actual fact, it's rather ingenious as players speedily move their stylus over Pikachu in order for him to run faster. Therefore, the faster you rub, the faster Pikachu will run but you should also be wary for the variety of different obstacles such as the ocean, forests, snow and even some balloon racing that all must be taken into account as you race.  The race track also contains Poke Ball checkpoints that are littered throughout the course and once your character touches one of these Poke Balls, they must continue to other balls until there are none left. Finding these Poke Balls does become difficult when you are competing in balloon races but after a few races (and perhaps a few losses), you should have no difficulty in finding these checkpoints.

Although Pokemon Dash has the gamer racing around certain obstacles such as land, sea and air, the gamer also has access to a radar that displays other characters, Poke Balls, hot air Balloons and Lapras who ferries you across the water. By running on paved roads, your characters run at their top speeds but when you move through sand or forests, your character quite literally comes to halt as they slowly make their way through this in-game obstacle. These obstacles really make for some interesting gameplay and turns Pokemon Dash into something entirely different than just your stock standard racing game.

The main method of play in Pokemon Dash is the Grand Prix mode that challenges players to win five different cups on five different courses and as you progress through events, the games difficulty slowly increases. For those gamers that already own Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald on the GameBoy Advance, you can actually insert the cartridge into the Nintendo DS to unlock new courses that are in the shape of your GBA Pokemon. Pokemon Dash also allows for six players to compete in some of the most exciting multiplayer action on the Nintendo DS but unfortunately they must have their own version of Pokemon Dash.

Graphically, Pokemon Dash pays homage to the original cartoon series with the top screen used to display 2D images of the characters with the bottom screen displaying a 3D simulated environment (which is the obstacle course and the characters). There are also a variety of different environments in Pokemon Dash that include areas with sand, snow, grass and forests to help keep things different for the player. Although the graphics don't really push the borders and boundaries of the extremely powerful Nintendo DS, it does make for some fun gaming, especially for younger gamers.

In conclusion, Pokemon Dash is an entertaining racing game that truly makes use of the Nintendo DS stylus but unfortunately the gameplay does become a little repetitive but considering that this title is aimed at the younger generation of gamers, I'm sure the majority of them will be blissfully unaware of the fact. Cute graphics, a sturdy gaming engine and all your favourite Pokemon characters will probably make this game a huge hit!

 





 
 



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