TheGamer – 90/100
If you’re on the fence about Mystery Dungeon, don’t be – let this bundle of cuteness be your gateway into the world of grids, numbers, and menus. I’ve been in love with them for well over a decade at this point, and if there’s any game that I could use to sell someone on them, this would be it.
Video Chums – 85/100
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a top-notch example of what Mystery Dungeon games are capable of. Once you pick it up, it’s hard to put it down and with dozens of hours of challenging fun; it’s definitely worth adding to your game library.
Hardcore Gamer – 80/100
Whether playing for the first time or revisiting once again, Rescue Team DX delivers an amazing adventure that doesn’t end after the story has been beaten. The difficulty is right in the perfect spot that’s satisfying to overcome challenges, while being random and wild enough at times that some help might be needed. The art style and music making it worth hunkering down in one area to admire the surroundings, while each new area offers brand new surroundings to never get bored of. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is on par with if not superior to the original in many ways, and offers the perfect kind of journey for players looking for the latest adventure in the world of Pokémon.
GameSpot – 80/100
Whether or not you’re an old-school Mystery Dungeon aficionado or a total newcomer to the long-derelict spin-off series doesn’t necessarily matter: Mystery Dungeon on Switch improves upon the originals with some valuable quality-of-life tweaks, making it a worthwhile play regardless of your familiarity with the series. It features a distinct combat system that provides an intriguing alternative to the mainline Pokemon formula with tile-based strategizing, humanizes the Pokemon you’ve fallen in love with over the years, tells a riveting and emotional story that will make you view the franchise in a totally different light, and does so with a stylish suite of visuals and music.
USgamer – 80/100
Though still imperfect, Mystery Dungeon more than makes up for its stumblings through one of the most sweet-hearted stories in the Pokemon franchise, backed by a solid dungeoneering system and a gorgeous aesthetic. If all Pokemon games were as forward-thinking and adventurous as this one, who knows what the franchise could be by now?
CGMagazine – 75/100
Fine to fill time or bring existing pokemon fans to other styles of games, but not for much more.
Shacknews – 70/100
Despite some balancing issues and a lack of ambition, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX still delivers the emotion and challenge that fans new and old will appreciate.
Nintendo Enthusiast – 65/100
Overall, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a solid remake of a unique Pokémon spin-off. There’s a lot to love here (especially the art style), but at the end of the day, the game boils down to an endless grindfest. I think Mystery Dungeon is worth playing at least through the credits, but only hardcore fans will love the game enough to continue in the vast trove of post-game treasures.
IGN – 60/100
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake filled with samey dungeons and mindless combat that make becoming the best there ever was a chore.
GamesRadar+ – 60/100
A gorgeous and charming game that unfortunately doesn’t improve on enough of the original gameplay aspects to keep fans engrossed.
Nintendo Life – 60/100
A beautiful game with potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay, there’s still no getting away from the fact that this is a 15-year-old GBA title at its core. The dungeon crawling genre has evolved over the years to try and make things feel less repetitive, and while Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX does add some features to try to modernise the process a bit, they tend to fall flat. It’s still fun in bursts, it just gets samey after a while.
Digital Trends – 50/100
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a monotonous chore that spoils its charming premise with weak roguelike design and repetitive combat. The colorful, new visuals and endearing story give the remake a welcome dose of character, but the added features overly simplify the adventure. It might be enough to keep the franchise’s youngest fans occupied for a few hours, but there are plenty of other Pokémon games on Switch that deliver a more satisfying experience for all ages.
Power Unlimited – 42/100
This port of a fifteen year old game adds little, or more like nothing, to the original game, even while there was still enough room to really improve the original.
Screen Rant – 40/100
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a beautifully rendered Pokemon game, but looks are not everything. The opening hours of the game are charming and intriguing, but the mechanics quickly become repetitive. If Mystery Dungeon would be more willing to lean into its RTS elements, the game would be an incredible experience. It is sad to say that the best part is the personality quiz at the beginning to decide which Pokemon players get to be. In its current state Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a clunky uninspired mess.
Metro GameCentral – 40/100
A thoroughly uninteresting roguelike that undermines the most compelling elements of both the genre and the Pokémon universe.