The Switch is home to some Pokémon games that provoke praise from critics, while others prompt confusion. Using an average of each title’s Metacritic and Internet Games Database score, here’s how every Pokémon game on Switch stacks up.
The Nintendo Switch is just over four years old, and it has already seen more Pokémon games than most of its predecessors had in their lifetime. With the console’s immense popularity and more Pokémon titles to come, the Switch just might outpace progenitors like the 3DS. That said, a vast collection of Pokémon games on the Switch means little if only one or two are actually good.
Pokémon Quest is a free-to-play action-adventure game that also released on iOS and Android devices. The title features a Minecraft-styled voxel take on the Pokémon world, with blocky iterations of the original Kanto-region Pokémon. The game is set on Turnblecube Island and players build up their base, in addition to teams of Pokémon. Pokémon are used to tackle the island’s challenges, eliminating the wild Pokémon from the area.
With a score of 62, Pokémon Quest is the worst received Pokémon game on the Switch and released in 2018 to its fair share of criticism. Namely, Pokémon Quest‘s energy system and forgettable gameplay drew a negative response from reviewers. However, critics did praise the game for its ease of access for casual players looking to pick it up.
Pokémon Café Mix is a free-to-play puzzle game that saw a simultaneous release on mobile platforms. The game puts players in the shoes of a café owner that caters to Pokémon customers, with gameplay revolving around using the touchscreen to connect Pokémon-themed icons together. As players accomplish objectives and complete orders, they can add Pokémon to their staff and upgrade their cafe.
With a score of 64, Pokémon Café Mix sits just above its mobile gaming colleague, Pokémon Quest. The title was released in 2020, with reviews painting a picture of a mediocre free-to-play puzzle game. The puzzles aren’t all too challenging, and many weren’t happy the game’s touchscreen controls require handheld mode. Only Pokémon Café Mix‘s charming art and unintrusive microtransactions have kept the game from fading into obscurity.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake of 2005’s Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue/Red Rescue Team. It stands as the first Pokémon game remade outside of the main entries and features a new art style, as well as additional features like Mega Evolution and auto-mode. The title reintroduces fans to a spruced-up version of the first entry in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon spin-off series, which saw players take on the role of a human who is turned into a Pokémon, undertaking mission-based jobs rescue Pokémon and deliver items.
Scoring a 67, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX has style but doesn’t rise above the sum of its parts. Originally received as an average game, the remake scores similarly to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue/Red Rescue Team. The new take on art and an improved story help the title, not enough to propel it to new heights. Critics were quick to point out dated and repetitive gameplay under a fresh new coat of paint, in addition to frustrations with an overall unremarkable experience.
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