Pokémon Ranger is an action role-playing video game developed by HAL Laboratory and Creatures Inc., published by The Pokémon Company, and distributed by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS video game console.
It’s a pokemon game, and they don’t usually specialize in the plot, but this one isn’t too bad. Or maybe I just can’t recognize a bad plot when I see it. You play as a potential ranger, specialists who are trained to keep the peace and harmony between people and pokemon. But then there is the Go-rock squad, who have stolen a prototype styler and are using it for their own nefarious schemes. You have to stop them while also helping the other folk with some of their lesser problems.
The controls for this game are basic; for the most part, you only need your stylus. You can walk with the stylus, bring up the menu with the stylus, talk with the stylus, look at obstacles with the stylus. If you can point a pen and place it down and move it, you can play the game. You need to capture Pokemon in order to get past various obstacles. To capture pokemon in this game you use your (surprise surprise) stylus and draw a number of circles around your target and then remove the stylus. Sounds easy, and for the most part, it is. But the pokemon put up a fight. And they can fire attack to damage styler (the tool you are using to capture the pokemon).
If you damage it enough it will break and it is game over, or at least back to your last save (and believe me, that can hurt). To help catch the pokemon you already have can use their abilities to do various things ie Grass pokemon make grass grow and tangle the other pokemon, water pokemon make bubbles to contain them. The game was enjoyable, despite the fact it was reasonably easy in most parts. There are also bonus missions to do and challenges to beat. See what you can do!