My son was never a Pokemon fan until he tried this game.
The game is described as a different kind of Pokemon game. You're still capturing and training Pokemon, but not for competition. Instead, you're working to protect them as a Pokemon Ranger! You use the DS stylus to catch Pokemon, then help them survive in the wild.
It is a strategy game with no real violence--which was a positive to me as a parent! The rules are simple and easy to understand--which is another positive!
Although this game might not be a favorite for the true die-hard Pokemon fans out there, it's a safe, fun alternative to the many violent video games that are out there now.