Pokemon Quest [Game Review]

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Title: Pokemon Quest
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category: 
Strategy, Adventure
Release Date: 
May 29, 2018
How we got the game: 
We downloaded it for free on our Nintendo Switch

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Pokemon Quest was the first Pokemon game that was revealed during the recent Pokemon Press Conference from Nintendo. Considering it is a free-to-start game and Pokemon, we downloaded it after watching the conference.

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I immediately fell in love with the block graphics and the vivid look of the game. Obviously, I was excited the game was free as well.

gameplay

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Pokemon Quest tends to run on its own. The main aspect of the game is to have your team go out and battle wild Pokemon while exploring the island. Your team of blocky Pokemon run around an area and engage in battle with wild Pokemon automatically. You can tap to have your Pokemon do certain attacks, or you can let your team Auto-Battle.

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While you can play this game docked on the Switch, I personally find it easier to have in handheld mode and use the touchscreen. If you’re exploring and battling manually, there’s also a dodge button to make your Pokemon scatter in different directions. Unlike most Pokemon games, you can only have 3 Pokemon in your party at one time.

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When you’re not in a level, you’re at your little base camp with the Pokemon you’ve befriended. In your camp, you can decorate the area and cook up food made from random drops — like berries and apricorns — from the levels. Doing so will attract even more Pokemon to your camp, Pokemon you can then use in levels or to train up Pokemon already in your roster.

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In training, you can use Pokemon you’ve befriended to level up other Pokemon or to help teach them a new move. The downside to this is, whoever is “helping” to train someone else, will leave. They’ll get booted out of the camp and go back into the wild. This goes for learning new moves as well. I don’t care too much for that mechanic because I’d rather keep the Pokemon with me and it’s especially hard in the beginning when you don’t have that many Pokemon, so you don’t want to let any of them go. As for learning new moves, you don’t get to choose which moves they’re learning. It’s just a surprise – if it works.

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Another way to increase your Pokemon’s power (aside from your Pokemon running over another during training) is to collect Power Stones and Sturdy Stones during the levels, generally after you beat the boss of the area. Using those stones would increase your own Pokemon’s Attack or HP respectively. The combined Attack and HP of your team of Pokemon was your team’s strength. Each level would show you the combined strength of the wild Pokemon in the level, and you could compare the two to see if your team was strong enough to engage in battle in the area.

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While the stones are great, I found myself constantly getting stuck because my team was about 1,000 points behind what they should be at for the next area. It takes a lot of exploring and fainting to try to get them to level up and find more stones to make them stronger. I have a variety of Pokemon that I swap out and try different teams with, but they’re never quite strong enough. So it’s a lot of waiting.

graphics-music

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The graphics resemble Minecraft with its blocky like characters. It’s cute and a bit comical at times, especially with Pokemon like Voltorb being a cube rather than a sphere! The Pokemon characters bounce around in the camp area and have no problem destroying parts of the background in the campaign mode.

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The graphics are really well done and while I never would have imagined Pokemon looking like this, it certainly works. It’s doesn’t look out of character for the Pokemon games at all. The backgrounds and level are simply designed, but they’re pleasing to the eyes and the colors are fun and bright.

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The music is decent as well, with the tunes being cheery background noise when you have the game running on a level as your Pokemon demolish their enemies. The camp music is fun too, and the sounds effects were well done, especially with the attacks.

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The music is upbeat and catchy and I enjoy having the game on (even if it’s not doing anything) while I work. The sound effects can be goofy at times, especially when you’re training and one Pokemon gives the boot to the other Pokemon, but it works for a cute game like this.
story

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You arrive at Tumblecube Island ready to explore the unknown (not the Pokemon) and discover hidden treasure within it. Throughout you find and befriend Pokemon through your cooking and they’ll do the exploration part for you, defeating wild and enemy Pokemon in their path.

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That’s pretty much it. The deeper you venture into the island, the tougher the wild Pokemon become, but your own team grows to meet them in strength. Finding loot and treasure is the end goal of the game.

replay-value

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Pokemon Quest is a game that keeps running and is pleasant to have on in the background while you work. It’s not bad to keep going, unlocking Pokemon and fill up your Pokedex. In a way, it seems to be a more action-orientated Pokemon Ranch, if you will.

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That’s a good way to describe it. It’s certainly not a bad game, but I don’t like how you have to wait to pay again after a certain amount of time and I do wish you were able to do more with your Pokemon. Still, it’s a fun, refreshing game to play.

Pokemon Quest gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Aspects Of Pokemon Quest

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

A new Pokemon game has been released for the Nintendo Switch called Pokemon Quest. It’s free to start playing so I’m sure pretty much the entire world is playing it. Myself included.

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3. The Auto-Play

Normally when it comes to games having an “auto-play” option makes me wonder, what’s the point? If you’re going to watch the game play itself, why bother playing it at all? However, I definitely think the auto-play works well in this case. Kris and I started the game together so we had the Switch set up on the big TV. I have to say, I find the touch controls easier than using the analog stick. With that said, it’s a little hard to control the different Pokemon as you keep track of where they are, which enemies they’re nearby, and how their attacks are doing as they recharge. The mouse seemed to move too fast for me so it was easier to put it on auto-play. Now I play in handheld mode and use the touch screen.

2. The Power Stones

I’ll admit, I thought this was kind of weird at first. I didn’t think adding stones to my Pokemon would be an ideal way to make them stronger. It’s a cool concept though and a fun mechanic. I get excited when I find a new stone during the exploration. Upping their attack or HP is such a great help when their experience is still pretty low and they won’t be leveling up anytime soon.

1. The Graphics

I’m not going to stop talking about the graphics of this game. I love how blocky and adorable they are! The colors are so vivid and the way the Pokemon move and play throughout is just so cute. It’s calming and pleasing to play and watch.

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Pokemon 2018 Video Game Press Conference

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A few days ago, Nintendo released a press conference dedicated to future Pokemon games. Rachel and I were definitely impressed with the news we heard! They dropped news about four new Pokemon games, with plenty of info to whet our appetites. The first game they detailed was Pokemon Quest, which is a free-to-start game on the Nintendo Switch that was available the same day as the conference. We picked it up to give it a look-see and found it to be pretty cute!

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I was interested in Pokemon Quest the moment I saw the graphics. I know they’re “Cell Pokemon” but they look like Minecraft blocks and it pleases me so much. They’re all so adorable. We started playing the game the other day and we weren’t disappointed. Its laid-back gameplay and adorable artwork made the game a lot of fun.

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The next two games were Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee, throwbacks to the Kanto region and original Yellow version of the games from twenty years ago. I can’t tell you how absolutely amazed I am at the progress of the graphics! Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game and to see Kanto on the Nintendo Switch, picking out and recognizing areas that I’ve known since they were just little itty-bitty pixels, is nostalgia heaven.

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I first started my Pokemon journey in the Johto region since I was pretty young when the Kanto region came out. However, I have played the Kanto games as I got older and seeing it updated, bright, and on the big screen is going to be a treat. I absolutely can’t wait for November! Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee are connected to Pokemon Go. We didn’t get into Pokemon Go that much so I’m glad it’s not required to use for the games. I’m impressed they added the catching mechanic from Pokemon Go into the new games though. I think it’s a great way to use the Joy-Con motion controls.

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I think I’m most excited about the local two-player co-op mode. Rachel and I can actually travel around together! Of course, I suspect that the supporting second player will “borrow” the first player’s Pokemon to help out with battles and the like, but it would be amazing if the Switch could “import” another account’s save file into the game as the second player. Still, it’ll be fun seeing two characters running around together!

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Yeah, I was hoping we’d be able to combine the games. We’ll just have to see how it goes though. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun anyway. To be honest, I’m most excited for the Pokeball Plus. My favorite part of HeartGold and SoulSilver was the Pokewalker. I can’t wait to bring my Pokemon around with me again and interact with them. Supposedly, other things may happen, but they’ll announce that later. Maybe at E3 in a few weeks?

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Hearing Pikachu purr through that Pokeball Plus was adorable! Also, seeing your character ride an Onix? Flying on a Charizard? I heard HMs still are not a thing, so to see us actually being able to ride presumably whatever Pokemon we want, along with having any Pokemon follow us, is definitely exciting! Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about them at E3, along with the next core Pokemon game that’s slated for late 2019. With all the updated graphics and mechanics that the Let’s Go! titles are showing, I wonder how the next core game will measure up.

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I’ll admit, I was worried there would be no core game since last year they announced they were working on a new Pokemon title for the Switch. I’m very excited for the Let’s Go games and now that I know there’s a new core game, I’m even more excited. Imagine exploring a brand new region with new species of Pokemon on the big screen with such graphics! We can’t wait!

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Moms

Double Jump Kris MiiThank God it’s Friday!

Mother’s Day is this weekend, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful mother figure to celebrate it with! When playing video games, mothers of the protagonists tend to… be nonexistent. If mothers existed at all, they tend to be part of the protagonist’s tragic backstory by being dead. In the Pokemon core series games, though, your mother is always present. This Friday, this is my personal ranking of the Mom character from the Pokemon games.

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7. Mom from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

The Pokemon Mom from Hoenn really doesn’t do much. Aside from giving the player the Running Shoes, like the majority of other Pokemon Moms before it became an automatic mechanic, and revealing that the protagonist’s father is a gym leader, she hangs out at home. Where she doesn’t even have her own room. Which isn’t even in the same town as her husband’s gym. Why did she move you guys to Littleroot Town again?

6. Mom from Black/White/Black 2/White 2

I’ll admit, the fifth generation of the Pokemon games are the ones that I’ve played the least. Unova did not capture my attention as well as the other regions had. The Mom from Unova likewise did not seem memorable, except for the Running Shoes, although I do know she had a bit more of backstory than some of the other Pokemon Moms. I found it a little interesting that she had been a receptionist working with Nurse Joy in the Unova sequels. Sure, she gave you the Xtransceiver, but I never remembered it existed until the story made it ring automatically from the NPCs.

5. Mom from Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Despite being the latest Pokemon Mom, the Alola Mom doesn’t even have a name nor the productivity to even fully unpack after moving to the island region. She has a nice personality and her backstory with being a Meowth trainer gives her a little depth, but it’s not much at all. With all the new aspects of the Alola region, Mom seems fairly forgettable, which may have been done on purpose. She seems to serve no other purpose other than to be the token adult figure that brought the protagonist to the region.

4. Grace from X/Y

Considering that the Kalos region didn’t have sequels or a third-tier game, we didn’t really get a chance to really meet Grace, the mother from X and Y. I enjoyed finding out that she was a Rhydon rider, and I would have loved to see a side game where there was a race, perhaps with Grace being a fellow competitor. Grace has a lot of missed potential, and I’m sorry that she wasn’t a bigger part of the protagonist’s story.

3. Mom from Red/Blue/Yellow/LeafGreen/FireRed

The original Pokemon Mom, the Mom in Kanto definitely stands out just for being the first. She doesn’t do much other than remain at home and quietly support you, healing your Pokemon if you ask. Still, she was one of the first introductions to the Pokemon core series, which have become such a staple to my video game collection.

2. Johanna from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

The Sinnoh Mom has a name. This is the first Pokemon Mom to get her own moniker, and she has a much more active lifestyle than just chilling at home while you’re off on an adventure. She actively participates in Pokemon Contests, which I always thought was a nice touch. I’m a sucker for minor or side characters having their own lives that don’t revolve around the protagonist.

1. Mom from Gold/Silver/Crystal and Heartgold/Soulsilver

While all the Pokemon Moms are supportive of your character, I feel as if Johto Mom is one of the most useful. When I was younger, I wasn’t thrilled with her taking some of my money, but in later play throughs, I found it definitely helpful. It kept me from spending all my money on decorations on my own — if Mom bought them, it was fine, haha! That, and with Crystal being one of my favorite games, it was nice to finally have a mom character to support my female protagonist.

Which Pokemon Mom is most memorable to you? What are your favorite video game mothers?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Theme Songs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the 1000th episode of the Pokemon anime here in the US, the official Pokemon YouTube channel has recently been creating videos that show off all the theme songs of the anime throughout the years. Rachel and I watched them, the nostalgia coming in full force.

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Born to Be a Winner (Pokemon: Johto League Champions)

I think that the Johto region of the anime series had some of the best theme songs. The anime was still fairly young, and the theme songs gave such a strong sense of the journey and doing your best along the way. Lyrically, it also borrowed from the original theme song, which I always thought was a nice tribute.

Unbeatable (Pokemon: Advanced Battle)

Unbeatable was from the Hoenn leg of the anime, another favorite time frame of mine from the anime series as a whole. It was just a fun theme song about confidence and never giving up.

Stand Tall (Pokemon: XYZ)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really watched the anime since some of the Sinnoh episodes. Once Brock left the show, I tuned out too. However, we have seen some of the other movies that were set in the later regions, like Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. That movie had a full-length version of “Stand Tall,” the theme song to the XYZ season of the anime. I really enjoyed the beat and low tones of the song, as well as the message. It definitely made me want to return to the games to battle again!

Original Pokemon Theme Song (Pokemon: Indigo League)

C’mon, how can you not put this on a favorites list? The original theme is a classic, evoking the original sense of adventure and journey that comes with the Pokemon games and anime.

What are your favorite Pokemon theme songs?

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Flashback Friday: Pokemon Red and Blue

Double Jump Kris MiiGuys… We’re a quarter of the way done with 2018. Isn’t that weird?

Tomorrow the 1000th episode of the Pokemon anime will air here in the US. Considering I was in elementary school when this whole Pokemon business first started, that’s an amazing feat! This month, we’re going to take a little look at the original games that started it all — Pokemon Red and Blue.

 

Pokemon Red and Blue were released in the US in September 1998, twenty years ago. In Japan, the Pokemon craze was already in full swing, as the games (with Pokemon Blue under the title Pokemon Green) had been released two years earlier in February. Pokemon Yellow, the special edition of the duo where the protagonist starts with a Pikachu just like Ash in the anime, was released roughly a year after Red and Blue in the US.

In case you’ve lived under a rock, the Pokemon games feature a protagonist who travels throughout the game’s region, catching and training Pokemon to become the very best. Pokemon Red and Blue were the original games, featuring the Kanto region and 150 Pokemon that the protagonist could obtain while trying to “catch ’em all.” The games have been on IGN’s Top 100 Games of All Time list multiple times, as well as being featured in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records under “Best selling RPG on the GameBoy” and “Best Selling RPG of all time.”

Red and Blue have gotten remakes in the form of FireRed and LeafGreen, both for the GameBoy Advance in 2004. The original Red and Blue were also released on the 3DS family’s Virtual Console as a celebration for the franchise’s 20th anniversary in 2016.

Playing Red and Blue were not my first introduction to the Pokemon games. That honor goes to Pokemon Snap over at a friends’ house, twin girls that I was close with until they moved to another state back in elementary school. Pokemon Snap (and Mario Golf) on the Nintendo 64 were a couple of games that we enjoyed playing, and they introduced me to Red and Blue. I was lucky enough to receive a GameBoy Color and Red, Blue, and Yellow for the handheld from the “Easter Bunny,” later on.

Red and Blue were a couple of games that helped cement my life as a gamer. I have yet to miss a main series Pokemon game, and the franchise has stayed dear to my heart. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Generation 8 looks like on the Nintendo Switch!

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Detective Pikachu [Game Review]

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Title: Detective Pikachu
Developer: Creatures
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Adventure
Release Date: 
March 23, 2018
How we got the game: 
I preordered it

 

 

 

Detective Pikachu was a long awaited game for me. I first saw it announced on Serebii a few years ago and prayed that it wouldn’t be released only in Japan. I preordered it and when it arrived at my house I played it immediately.

storyYou play as Tim, a human, who arrives to Ryme City in an attempt to find out what happened to his father, a detective who had disappeared while on a case. You meet up with Pikachu, your father’s partner. Pikachu can talk and you’re the only one who can understand him.

Pikachu wants to find out what happened to his partner as well. He was in the accident with him and lost his memory. Pikachu wants to piece back his memories and find Harry, your dad. Together, you investigate, solving crimes involving Pokemon going awry in the meantime.

gameplay

This game reminds me a lot of the Ace Attorney games, minus the courtroom. There’s a lot of investigating involved, of course, as you solve smaller crimes to find answers to the bigger one – your missing Dad.

You control Tim with the analog stick making him run around with Pikachu far behind you since he only has one speed – slow. Using the A-button you can click on various people, Pokemon, and objects in the scene to find clues and gather testimony.

Once you’ve gathered enough, Pikachu will grab your attention and tell you to piece everything together. From there, your case notes will open up and ask certain questions, asking you to drag the pieces of evidence into fill-in-the-blank spots to solve the puzzle.

It’s not just gathering evidence and piecing it together. There are moments in the game when you have to tap the A-button repeatedly or press the button when the circle gets to a certain point on the screen. This is usually to help Pikachu or yourself avoid trouble due to a Pokemon or something. It’s simple, but it adds a little more to the game.

There are hints, even though the game is pretty easy to deduce yourself as you go along. You can check your case notes and evidence list whenever you want to remind yourself of things or look things up.

There are a lot of cutscenes. I enjoy them because I absolutely love how they portrayed Pikachu, but they’re long. The cutscene beginning chapter three actually seemed to be the longest. I normally don’t mind, but there is a point when you want to just play the game.

Speaking of, the game is broken up into chapters. Again, it reminded me a lot of Ace Attorney because I’d think I was done with the case and then something else would happen and I’d be playing the same chapter for another hour or so. The cases were a decent length being a couple hours long to play through.

graphics-music

I enjoyed the graphics so much. It’s typical 3D graphics that you would expect from the latest Nintendo 3DS games. It was crisp and bright but easy on the eyes. My favorite thing about it was that the Pokemon were scaled to size as best they could be. They really made an effort to make Detective Pikachu as realistic as possible… despite Pikachu talking. I think they did a great job.

The music was catchy as well. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a detective game. The sound effects were just as pleasing. Some of the Pokemon sounds didn’t seem to match up with what I thought they would sound like – or what they sounded like in the main series game. I won’t complain about though, it was still pretty well done.

replay-value

This is a fairly long game and despite it being a detective game, I’d say it’s pretty casual. Even though I’ll know all the answers (that’s the downside of replaying mystery games) I can see myself picking this one back up whenever I get in the mood.

Detective Pikachu gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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