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Review: THE "DENPA" MEN: They Came By Wave


Developer: Genius Sonority Inc.

Publisher: Genius Sonority Inc.

Platform: 3DS eShop

Release Date: September 27, 2012

ESRB: E for Everyone



Did you know that there are little men floating among the radio waves around you? It’s true. Even though they’re invisible to the naked eye, they’re everywhere. These little guys are called Denpa Men, and THE “DENPA†MEN: They Came By Wave offers you the chance to form a team of them, explore dungeons, and rescue someone that has been captured by the King of Evil. The concept is probably one of the oddest I’ve seen for a game (especially with

), but The Denpa Men’s eccentricity is exactly what I love so much about it.


The Denpa Men is a dungeon-crawler RPG that almost feels a bit like a Dragon Quest game. It’s not incredibly complex for a dungeon-crawler by any means, but it’s definitely solid and plenty of fun. And for the newbies out there that still may be intimidated by the fact that The Denpa Men IS a dungeon-crawler – worry not! The game is a great starting point due to helpful features such as auto-attack.




One of the best parts of The Denpa Men (and its selling point) is the ability to catch Denpa Men using the 3DS’s camera. The wee folk hang around “radio waves†(Wi-Fi signals, rather), and each radio wave territory has its own unique Denpa Men. That means you’ll want to leave your room and house to try catching different Denpa Men in various places! Try out areas that you know are abundant with strong Wi-Fi signals.


There is also a very good reason you’ll want to visit numerous places. Throughout the game, it’s of utmost importance to have Denpa Men with specific abilities or resistances at your disposal. It takes a while for new Denpa Men to show up in the same territory (which is probably your desk or bed), so it’s crucial to go out and about and hunt down some good Denpa Men. You may even find a special one with very high capabilities that will be a powerful asset in battle! Needless to say, the Denpa Man-catching portion of the game is way too fun and a game within itself.


Denpa Men themselves are just too adorable and you’ll quickly become attached to your little guys. You’re even able to dress them up in different patterns—which help with their stats and weaknesses, too! Don’t worry about your Denpa Men holding down the fort back at the house, either. They’ll also gain experience while you’re out prowling around in a dungeon so that they’re fighting fit when it’s their turn for battle.




Unfortunately, your little Denpa Men can die. They’re not gone for good, though! You can either revive them through the Spirit Shrine or try to re-catch them in the territory that they originally came from. The Spirit Shrine can cost a pretty penny, so you may opt for re-catching them. Trekking back to that Denpa Man’s original territory may be an impossibility, however, so that’s a bit of an annoyance.


As you’ve no doubt noticed my gushing over how cute Denpa Men are, the art style for this game is quirky, adorable, and great. I really love the bright, bold colors used throughout The Denpa Men. And you’ll never tire of the limitless possibilities of Denpa Men you’ll come across (some of their faces can be super amusing). The monsters and music don’t seem to receive this same treatment, though, and could use a bit more variation.


As a dungeon-crawler, The Denpa Men is definitely a game meant for those who won’t get bored from doing the same thing over and over again. Regardless, due to its unique charm, it will no doubt reel in some who are hesitant and keep them hooked. This game is a wonderful example of some of the different stuff I’d love to see in the game market, and I’d love it even more to see a full-fledged Denpa Men game in the future.





+ Catching Denpa Men through your 3DS’s camera is fun and great concept

+ The combination of Denpa Men’s appearance, abilities, stats, and so on are endless. Plus, they’re super cute.

+ Game can be challenging or easy, depending on how you want to play. Caters to both newbies and veterans to dungeon-crawler RPGs!




- Dungeon-crawling and battling might be tedious and repetitive to some

- Monsters and music could use some more variation



Overall Score: 8 (out of 10)



This quirky little gem is a must-have from the 3DS eShop. Those who enjoy dungeon-crawlers will have a blast catching Denpa Men and employing them in battle.

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