Top Ten: Pokémon Spin-Offs

We rank the ten best Pokémon spin-off games!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 10/08/2013 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

7) Pokémon Ranger

Released: 2006
Nintendo DS

Pokémon Ranger marked another interpretation of Pokémon’s RPG gameplay. Cast as a titular ranger, the player used a device called a styler to temporarily capture Pokémon and complete objectives. The styler was controlled via the DS touch screen, requiring the player to draw a series of loops around the Pokémon they were trying to capture. Ranger had over 200 Pokémon that could be seen during gameplay, each with a corresponding abilities to be used by the player to explore the environment. Ranger‘s gameplay came dangerously close to destroying many a player’s touch screens, but the experience was fun enough to keep them hooked. The game’s graphics were bold and colorful, and did a particularly great job of showcasing the variety in size of the Pokémon. The Ranger and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games might skew more towards younger Pokémon fans, but they’re fun titles that further enrich the Pokémon franchise’s mythology.

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