WorthPlaying writes: "The roguelike genre has been gaining notice lately with more friendly kids' titles like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon leading the pack. It's a harsh genre at its core: The basic concept is to crawl up or down the floors of a randomly generated dungeon, finding loot and killing monsters to improve your chances of surviving to the end. Death reduces you to a blank slate and starts you over from the very beginning to try again. It's a hard concept to sell to the casual gaming crowd or even to more experienced gamers who aren't best friends with frustration.
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, spiritual successor to the Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon franchise and direct sequel to Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales on the DS, tries to do just that. It lures in a more casual and younger audience with its cutesy visuals and slow learning curve, but then steadily delivers the inevitable sucker punch. This is not an easy game, nor a shallow and kid-friendly one. Beneath the Square Enix-manufactured candy coating, it's a deep, engrossing grind-fest with boatloads of replayability."