The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll Review: Cute, cheap, collect-em-all

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Denpa Men 3
Price: $9.99
System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: May 8, 2014
Publisher (Developer): Genius Sonority (Genius Sonority Inc.)
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence

When I was offered The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll to review, I had heard of Denpa Men, but I had never played any of the games. First there was The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave, followed by The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves. This third installment is more of the same, but there’s a reason why the series has made it this far. To explain, Denpa Men are small creatures that supposedly exist in the world all around us. You capture them, and take them on adventures with you.

Having not played any of the previous games, I was able to be swept up in the craze anew. Denpa men are adorable, and different WiFi spots reveal different Denpa Men! So there’s a very “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”/Pokemon aspect to the game. It’s a unique combination of dungeon crawler, monster collection, and party building.

The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll

Rescue Crystal from the gross-sounding villain!

The Denpa Men 3 starts with a Denpa Man finding you. He tells you that he needs your help. A friend of his has been kidnapped! (Gasp!) Crystal, the daughter of the home town’s shopkeepers, has been taken by Squelch. (Ew.) So, it is now your task to collect Denpa Men to aid you in your fight! This leads into your first experience capturing Denpa Men. The game uses your 3DS camera as a display, and you see little Denpa Men floating all around you.

A great note to make here is this – don’t capture Denpa Men while sitting in an office chair that spins. It is ridiculous amounts of good fun, but ends in a tormenting, dizzy headache.

After capturing a beginning team of Denpa, players go to the game’s home town, talk to the shopkeepers about where Crystal was taken, and off you go! Quick Google searches have revealed to me that Crystal is one of the main characters in the first two Denpa Men games, something that I wouldn’t know having played just the 3rd installment. However, I would like to make it obvious that you do not need to play the first two games to enjoy this one. This storyline stands alone. And while I’m sure there were inside jokes that I didn’t get, the story was still enjoyable.

The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll

Denpa Men are Adorable, and have a lot going on

The Denpa Men certainly turn up the cute factor in each game. Bright colors are the name of the game, and quirky cute runs rampant. I’ll burst this bubble right away since we all know everyone’s thinking it. Yes, they look a bit like Teletubbies. But, I am okay with this. I thoroughly enjoyed when I could add more Denpa Men to my team, because it was great to watch the line of them running across the screen grow.

Capturing Denpa Men was a great introduction to The Denpa Men 3. It was quirky, got me moving, and introduced me to the stat system of the game. The stats are very similar to any other RPG, with health, attack, defense, etc. Some Denpa Men have antennae with special powers, like ice attacks or the ability to heal team members. I found quickly that these are the Denpa Men to look out for, because it gives you more options in battle.

Speaking of battle, the system was very familiar. It’s turn-based, so you decide what you want your Denpa Men to do, and then the attacking ensues. You can command your Denpa Men individually, but you can also direct them as a group – a sort of free for all attack scheme, if you will. The initial battles were manageable with just straight forward attacks, but the difficulty ramps up quickly. Strategy becomes important then. Already in my second dungeon, I was meeting enemies that I could not beat. This is where going to a different WiFi spot and looking for more Denpa really came in handy.

Another important thing to mention about The Denpa Men 3 is that it’s not all just about collecting Denpa Men and crawling through the dungeons. There is a plethora of other activities available, and I barely made a dent in them during my playing time with the game. You can buy furniture to decorate your crew’s homes and equip them with various items. Besides decorating, you can also grow a garden, go fishing, capture monsters, plant trees, battle other players online, and rent out any characters you aren’t currently using for extra money.

There are so many things to do in Denpa Men 3 that it can almost be overwhelming at times. I didn’t even have the chance to attempt capturing monsters in my time with the game. But from what I understand, your Denpa Men can capture monsters during battle if they have the appropriate antennae skill, and then summon them to fight for them later.

The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll

A great deal for a lengthy game

The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll is another great addition to the Denpa Men franchise. The characters themselves are so quirky-cute that it hurts at times. Building your team can be a game unto itself, and there’s nothing quite like seeing your line of Denpa men grow. The battles in the game are simple, but there is call for strategy as the difficulty ramps up. And while having an arsenal of things to do other than battle is a great thing, it can bog down the game a little bit. However, at $9.99, The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll is a pretty good deal.

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