The latest Pokémon game to come to mobile, Pokémon Masters, is now officially available for iOS and Android. Though it dropped early last night, it was practically unplayable for a little while due to constant connection errors. Now that those have mostly been sorted out, fans looking for a good time can actually find it in Pokémon Masters.
Pokémon Masters sees you squaring off against opponents in 3-on-3 battles. Unlike traditional Pokémon games, this battle system is real-time, with your team sharing an AP bar which recharges over time. Thus, knowing when to attack and with whom is crucial to your success.
I’ve been playing for a couple of hours thus far, and while I’m not sure about its long-lasting appeal over something like Fire Emblem Heroes, it’s got at least a glimmer of potential. I appreciate the fact that you can play at your own pace without being limited by a stamina system. But that also means you can blast through the game’s story almost immediately if you want. Battles have largely been on the easier side, though I’ve also struggled a bit at times, allowing me to enjoy the process of strategizing.
If you’re a Pokémon fan, I suggest giving Pokémon Masters a try, especially since it’s a free title (though of course, it has traditional gacha mechanics and microtransactions). It’s different enough from more traditional Pokémon games that it remains interesting, yet similar enough where longtime fans won’t hopefully be too put off. Undoubtedly, future updates will be bringing more content to the game, but the key to keeping me interested will be the timing.
Pokémon Masters is available to download now on iOS and Android.