Today, the Pokemon company revealed two new Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch including Pokemon Quest and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee.
Pokemon Quest is available to download for free, today (May 29th, 2018) worldwide in the Nintendo eShop and will be available on mobile devices later on in June.
Game Freak, the makers of Pokemon (praise Helix, praise Game Freak) describes the game as a “rambunctious expedition RPG”. The first thing you’ll notice is the artwork is different from any other Pokemon game we’ve come across. It features pixelated and cubed pocket monsters called “Pokexel” living on an island called Tumblecube where everything is a cube.
Hmm kind of weird but ok.
For now, Pokemon Quest features 151 Pokemon from the first generation with no comment on whether they’ll be adding other generations to the game.
So you’re probably wondering, how do I play?
Well, according to Game Freaks director, Shigeru Ohmori, “Pokemon will be able to move on their own as they explore, automatically charging enemies. Players control their party Pokemon by tapping the Switch screen to make them perform their moves.”
You can check out some gameplay below and see for yourself for some clarification.
From the video above, Pokemon Quest looks like a colorful new Pokemon world for players to explore while gameplay looks a little chaotic. While I’m still not too sure how gameplay works (I’ll have a better idea when I download it later in the week), but needless to say, while im skeptical about gameplay, I’m curious as it looks like something new to try out.
One of the great things about Pokemon is the bond your end up feeling for your team and Game Freak has certainly put that at the forefront of Pokemon Quest. In the game, players will be able to personalize their Pokemon. This includes collecting different items you find in the game that you can use to power up your Pokemon and give them unique abilities and stats.
Straight out of the Animal Crossing playbook, players will be able to customize a base camp whenever they’re not battling, questing or searching for new items. While your camp looks like it’s straight out of Animal Crossing’s playbook, customizing your base camp does provide benefits including attracting other Pokemon to join your team!
In the video above you’ll see players cooking yellow curry and and attracting a Pikachu!
It’s certainly and interesting and different game to the Pokemon series and takes advantage of the Switch’s ability to appeal to casual gamers as well. I for one would prefer to play something like this on my phone as I like to use my Switch for more immersive games. But considering Pokemon Quest is available NOW on the Nintendo Switch, I’ll have to give it a download.
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