First and foremost, Pokémon Dream Radar is a 3DS eShop app meant to tie-in with the recently released Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 so if you don’t already own those games, you may want to pick those up. You can still have fun with Dream Radar if you don’t own Black 2 or White 2 but the rewards you receive during and after gameplay will be for naught. With that said, Dream Radar is a fun little app for anyone who’s still looking to “catch ’em all”.
When you first boot up Dream Radar, you’ll be greeted by Burnett, a female professor who specialises in capturing Pokémon via Augmented Reality. However, capturing Pokémon works a little different here than in the main line games; instead of turn-based battles, Pokémon and various items are snatched up in a first-person AR environment where the player needs to shoot dream clouds in order to advance. Shooting pink clouds will net you Dream Orbs, Dream Radar‘s form of in-game currency that can be used to upgrade your capture device in the Development Lab. Grey clouds, however, spit out Energy Orbs. Energy Orbs may contain either a Pokémon or an item and it’s the player’s job to do battle with the orb and capture its contents. Once all of the dream clouds in a session have been eradicated, Burnett will allow you to transfer your captures to Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Even if you only manage to catch a single Pokémon or an item in your daily run, the reward is almost always satisfying since the items and Pokémon (complete with their special “Dream World” abilities exclusive to Dream Radar and the Pokemon Global Link website), are rare in the main line games.
After collecting enough Dream Orbs over the course of gameplay, you’ll gain access to special radar extensions that allow you to capture the new Therian Formes of the Kami trio of Pokémon: Tornadus, Thundurus & Landorus. This alone makes Dream Radar worth the price of admission for Pokémaniacs. The game is also compatible with all of the Generation IV games, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heart Gold & Soul Silver, by incorporating their respective legendary Pokémon into the dream levels if the titles are placed in the 3DS Card Slot. That said, if you manage to capture one of these Pokémon, you’ll only be allowed to transfer them into your copy of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, which is a slight but understandable disappointment.
In short, Pokémon Dream Radar is a fun little spin-off title that provides a fun way to earn otherwise rare and unobtainable Pokémon. According to my 3DS Activity Log, it took me roughly 2 and a half hours over the course of a week to obtain the three special Therian Pokémon but I still have plenty of other rare Dream World Pokémon like Porygon and Rotom left to capture. With a low price point ($2.99), fun premise, and the never-ending ability to capture rare monsters and items, the package is a must-own for anyone looking to fill up their Pokedex. It’s super effective!
VG Tribune gives Pokémon Dream Radar 8.0 out of 10
This review was based off of a copy of the title provided to us by Nintendo of America.