- Models are extremely detailed
- Every Pokémon ever (so far anyway)
- Enjoyable quizzes can pass time
- Not really much to it
- Quizzes can be ridiculously easy at times
- All Pokémon unlocked from the go unlike its predecessor – no Spotpassing
- Far too expensive
The original Pokédex 3D app wasn’t anything particularly mindblowing but it was free and for that, you couldn’t complain. The app allowed you to view all the Pokémon from the then recently released Pokémon Black and White Versions in full 3D (both in the model and pop-out-of-the-screen sense) and view data including moves, Pokédex entries and more. It was basic but it was free. Fast-forward to today however and we have Pokédex 3D Pro, a new version of the previous app (which has been deleted now) containing every Pokémon to date including all of their formes and variations. Unfortunately, this version isn’t free and comes with a stonking £13.49 price tag. Is it worth it? No, but it’s not bad whilst it’s new.
Like the first Pokédex 3D app, the main focus of Pokédex 3D Pro is that you can view over 700 of the popular critters in full 3D. From Bulbasaur to Keldeo, every Pokémon and their alternate formes and appearances are accounted for and every single model is intricately detailed and animated. You’ll have the most fun simply browsing through the dex and checking out what each Pokémon does when you hit the animate button, having nostalgic moments and being genuinely impressed with some visual elements. The Pokédex 3D definitely shows just how powerful the 3DS can be when doing simple things but if you want more than a glorified gallery, you might be disappointed.
Again like the original app, aside from viewing Pokémon, there isn’t a great deal you can do. You’re able to view each monster’s details such as moves that can be learned, Pokédex entries and more, but when you can get all that information online at the huge £0.00 price tag, it loses any value it might have had. You can also print out (or draw, use a phone app, etc.) markers that allow you to view and photograph your Pokémon in Augmented Reality but thanks to the 3DS’ decidedly average camera, the pictures are never really that good.
The final attraction the game offers is the ability to take themed quizzes and see if you know your Pokémon. Whilst a decent idea on paper, some questions are ridiculously easy. One example in the Pokédex Text quiz:
Lanturn’s light can shine up from great depths. It is nicknamed “The Deep-Sea Star”.
And your choices are Seismitoad, Cobalion, Castform and Lanturn. Hmmmm, let’s think really long and hard about that one…
If you’re really keen and want to finish every quiz available, there are 36 total and they do get increasingly harder but they’re the sorts of things only the most eager of fans will enjoy. This is coming from someone who has put hundreds of hours into the series of the years, too.
Also worth mentioning is that any Streetpass and Spotpass functionality that its predecessor had has been completely removed. As mentioned, all Pokémon are unlocked from the start so rather than unlocking them through Spotpass, you’ll have nothing to do. One of the best things about the original Pokédex 3D was coming back every day to unlock three new critters. With over 700 Pokémon available in 3D Pro, this could have extended the app’s life and value a considerable amount but you’re not even given the option any more.
Pokédex 3D Pro is a decent app and browsing all 700+ Pokémon is enjoyable enough but even with near 40 quizzes, it’s hard to recommend for almost £15. When you consider you could buy a couple of full retail titles for as much or even less, the price seems absurd. If the price ever drops a considerable amount, it’s a decent play but until then, you might want to pass.
Enjoyable, but not worth the admission.