Well, this is a random holiday surprise from The Pokémon Company! Pokémon Tower Battle and Pokémon Medallion Battle have joined Facebook Gaming, available now with some geographical caveats. Pokémon Tower Battle is available in all regions and developed by Bombay Play, while Pokémon Medallion Battle is currently only available in parts of the Asia Pacific, seemingly the Philippines specifically, and developed by GCTurbo. Both are “Instant Games,” meaning they require no downloads and are available across both Facebook and Messenger.
Ever wondered what's the most efficient way to pile Pikachus on top of one another? ? Find out now and see how you stack up against your friends in @Pokemon Tower Battle!
— ?? Facebook Gaming ? (@FacebookGaming) December 24, 2019
Welcoming Pokémon Tower Battle and Pokémon Medallion Battle
The way Tower Battle works is players stack Pokémon on top of each other to create a taller tower than that being built by the opponent. The press release further explains it: “As players discover, catch and level-up rare Pokémon, they can compete in real-time against friends or across a global leaderboard. It might seem like a simple physics-based puzzler at first, but the strategic choices in where and how players stack Pokémon will determine the true Tower Battle masters.” Uh, I’m honestly still a little fuzzy on how all of that works, but I bet it’s pretty easy to understand once you play it.
Meanwhile, Medallion Battle is a digital card battle strategy game that allows you to collect, battle, and evolve Pokémon to win badges as usual — except Pokémon come in medallion form — and new Pokémon will be released on a monthly basis. This sounds a little closer in spirit to a traditional experience.
Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, said in a statement, “We are excited to launch two new entries in the Pokémon franchise on Facebook Gaming. Launching these games through Facebook will allow people all over the world to experience Pokémon in digital form, and we are especially thrilled to collaborate with Facebook Gaming in enabling new audiences to enjoy Pokémon games online.”
Check out Pokémon Tower Battle at Facebook Gaming right now, and if you don’t live in the Philippines or thereabouts, just hold tight a bit longer on Pokémon Medallion Battle. And for more quirky news, check out this alleged leak of protoype Gen 4 Pokémon that featured different sprites according to gender.