Pokedex 3D, is as the name states, a Pokedex, in, 3D. The Pokedex is for Pokemon Black and White only, with only 150 Pokemon in total from that region. Currently, it has no other Pokemon. Just the 150 Pokemon from Unova region from Pokemon Black and White. Wait, just cause you’re prefer the older Pokemon over Black and White or think its insufficient, don’t knock it yet. The application is free after all and seems to be content-filled for something priced at zero dollars and zero cents.
The game starts you off with 16 starter Pokemon. You then have to collect the remaining 134 Pokemon. Not through catching or battling but by making use of the 3DS’ communication channels. Gamers can give or get Pokemon using local wireless or receive free extra Pokemon through SpotPass. Gamers are only able to receive 3 Pokemon per day via SpotPass, stretching the gameplay for this application for a longer time than expected.
Once you have a Pokemon registered in your Pokedex, you can quiet a bit with it. You can view the creature in 3D from any side, top to bottom. Hear it’s battle-cry and more. Once a Pokemon is registered, players have access to a wealth of information for that said Pokemon. The Pokedex gives you a somewhat-detailed description about that Pokemon and more. You can see what moves your Pokemon will learn and how or at what level. Not only does it offer moves, but it gives a lot of information regarding stats which allows you to compare against other Pokemon and finally make that decision of which Pokemon you should have in your party. The bookmark feature also comes useful here. It allows you to quickly bookmark up to 16 Pokemon and Moves if you want to keep them for future reference.
Then, you can check out specific moves, not just by Pokemon. The Pokedex allows you to search for moves by name or filter them out by type or name. You can use the Pokedex to compare the accuracy, damage and effects of all these moves and again, just like the Pokemon, compare them.
But the Pokemon fun just doesn’t stop inside your 3DS screen. The game makes use of the system’s Augmented Reality feature. Just like with the AR Cards for AR Games, each monster has a unique card pattern, which when scanned with the consoles cameras, brings that Pokemon to life in 3D. Users can take pictures of these 3D Pokemon. Unfortunately, these images can’t be taken in 3D and the options are some what limited. If you want to give it a shot yourself now, go ahead, try it, we’ve included one code on the right here.
Pokedex 3D may not have any of the classic Pokemon like Pikachu but this 3DSWare makes good use of all of the consoles features. Not your usual Pokemon game but being free, it’s the perfect partner for any Pokemon Black and White user. The application allows users to see their favorite Poke Monsters in 3D and find a good bit of information included that comes in handy when playing Pokemon Black/White. The games’ SpotPass/StreetPass feature also seems to encourage us to check back day to day in hopes of finding new Pokemon. However, as nice as this is, we feel, that it came off a bit low where some features could have been added. Pretty useful if you’re a Pokemon Black/White player, not as much if you’re not.