Following the lead of Nintendo's earlier Mystery Dungeon games, Explorers of Time transports DS gamers to a land before humans where, instead of playing as a trainer, they take the first-hand role of a pocket monster. In the beginning of the game, players answer a series of questions to help them decide which Pokémon to play as. The role-playing adventure
involves befriending other Pokémon and exploring randomly generated dungeons where enemies and treasure await.
for Pokémon handheld games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time is released alongside a companion game, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness,