Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

Box art for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team.

Game Information:

Release Dates:

Japan: November 17, 2005
America: September 18, 2006
Europe: November 10, 2006


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team are two games that were created to be a “spin-off” of the main series. They are a matched pair of games, one being for the Gameboy Advanced and the other being for the Nintendo DS. They are mostly identical with the exception of six Pokémon exclusive to each version. Blue Rescue Team, however, has better graphics and touch screen features.The game starts out as a human is turned into a Pokémon. This human is the the main character, and the character that the player controls. The game begins with a quiz, which determines what Pokémon the player will be. The player can be one of sixteen Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Pikachu, Eevee, Machop, Cubone, Psyduck, Meowth, and Skitty. After the player is transformed into a Pokémon, the player meets another Pokémon, who will turn out to be his partner. With the new meeting, a quest of finding a lost Caterpie begins. This small quest turns out to be a huge adventure where the player must traverse a number of Dungeons. All Pokémon from generations I, II, and III, can be played and battled. Various areas and terrain are available to play in as dungeons. Other features include the Team Base, which varies during the game, and various locations within the Town.


These games have an RPG-style level-up system, with certain abilities also being available. It is turn based, so every step, item used, or attack is counted as a turn. The player is only able to control the Pokémon that he is, until the main game is completed. The members of the player’s team are basically run by a computer intelligence, except for controlling a few things, such as staying in one place or not attacking enemies. The dungeons are laid out in a grid, with the staircase and dungeon layout being randomized. The objectives can vary, such as, finding lost Pokémon, finding an item, or simply going through all the floor to find the exit. You are able to find random items and food in the Dungeons, as the Player gets hungry and health begins to deteriorate without food. You progress in the Dungeon by finding the staircase on each level. You get job request by checking the request board in town, and by completing those request you get a reward and Rescue Points, which make your team rank up.
Map of Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team. Pikachu and Mudkip exploring. Torchic and Mudkip exploring. Squirtle and Torchick meeting Skarmory.

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