Pokemon Go launched last July and become a worldwide phenomenon seemingly overnight, with nearly everyone at least trying it out for awhile. As a result of this success and Pokemon Sun and Moon, you would have thought any new Pokemon game, especially on mobile devices, would be hyped like crazy before launch, but The Pokemon Company has surprised us with the launch of Pokemon Duel on both iOS and Android.
Pokemon Duel is a completely free to download game for both iOS and Android that launched last April in Japan under the name Pokemon Comaster. Unlike Pokemon Go that came from Niantic, this game is from developer HEROZ.
As detailed on the official Pokemon website, the goal of Pokemon Duel is to collect Pokemon figures in the game that you will then use in online battles against other opponents.
“In Pokémon Duel, your objective is to deploy your Pokémon figures on the game board and move them to the goal in your opponent’s territory. To win the game, you have to reach your goal before your opponent reaches theirs!”
Like the handheld games, Pokemon Duel lets you have a team of six Pokemon to use, with each one having different strengths and number of steps it can take.
Pokemon Duel isn’t just a straight battle game though, as it’s essentially a strategy board game. You can send your Pokemon right at the opponent or play defense by blocking paths and let the opponent go on the offensive.
When two Pokemon come across each other on the board, they will actually battle. This is done by spinning a Data Disk to see which attack that Pokemon will use, with the goal being either to knock the opposing Pokemon out of getting it to move out of the way. The game also has what are known as plates that you can use at the beginning of your turns for various effects.
Like Pokemon Go, there are microtransactions that you can buy in the game, so beware of that if you are downloading it. With Pokemon Duel itself being free though, make sure to give it a download on either iOS or Android and try it out for yourself.