Pokemon Revolution is a game that was released for the Nintendo Switch in late July. Developed by French company Team Sports Story and published by Nintendo, the game is a combination of Pokemon Go and the famous match-3 puzzle game Bejeweled. You start off by choosing one of six unique game characters and use your Mii to explore your surroundings looking for pocket monsters to battle and catch, as well as items to buy for your character. You can also download a map of the region you’re playing in, so you can see where the Pokémon are located and catch them more easily. The map also updates as you use different items and make different choices in battle, so it helps guide your journey to become a Pokémon master!
When it comes to the goods in Pokemon Revolution, much like in regular Pokemon Go, you’ll likely be offered a lot of the same items. You can find coins, items that enhance your character’s powers, healing items, and on and on. The list of items you’ll encounter as you play through the game is seemingly endless. However, one of the biggest differences between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Revolution is the pricing. While in the latter game you’ll only be offered items for free, in Pokemon Go you’ll have to purchase most items from the get-go.
Many items in Pokemon Go are available for purchase with in-game currency. However, in order to make real money from playing the game you have to complete several tasks – called challenges – for which you’ll be given rewards. Those rewards range from coins to special items that can only be purchased with real money. Some of the more popular challenges include:
- Catching all the Pokemon in the game
- Defeating all the opposing trainers in a single-player challenge
- Collecting a certain number of coins within a limited time frame
- Placing in the top three of your weekly leaderboard score
- Walking a certain distance within the game
In terms of the item selection, much like other games in the Pokemon series, you’ll only be able to choose from a selection of seven different item types. However, like Pokemon Go, Pokemon Revolution also includes a number of items that can only be found in-game, as well as rarer items that can be purchased with real money. Based on the Nintendo Switch’s built-in sensors, the game can also detect if you’re wearing certain items, such as watches or rings, which will affect how items behave in certain situations. For example, if you’re wearing a watch, turning in a specified direction will cause items to spin around your character while they’re in motion, much like a compass does when used with a watch face.
While there are a number of neat elements to Pokemon Revolution, including some awesome bosses that you’ll need to defeat, the game has a few notable flaws. One of the biggest differences between the two games is the visual style. Pokemon Go is bright, fun, and youthful, while Pokemon Revolution is darker, more dramatic, and uses a lot more colors. This change in style is noticeable even in cutscenes, where the developers have decided to go for a more cinematic approach. However, since most of the game takes place in real-word environments, you’ll still encounter a lot of colors and bright lights, which makes the overall aesthetic a bit more inconsistent.
Another difference between the two games is the controls. While they work well and are simple to use, you’ll need to get used to the Switch’s right thumb stick and the shoulder button, as opposed to the usual four arrow buttons on a standard controller. You’ll also need to shake the console to successfully pick up items in the game, which some players may find distracting.
One of the more significant changes in terms of gameplay is the experience of catching Pokémon. In regular Pokemon Go you’ll use your phone’s camera to catch the creatures, while in Pokemon Revolution you’ll use your Mii. The difference between the two is that in the former you’ll use your eyes to look for the Pokémon hiding in real-world landscapes, while in the latter you’ll need to rely on your hands a lot more. This makes it easier to see what you’re doing since you don’t have to worry about your phone’s screen getting damaged by the sun or by splashing water on it. In addition to that, since the Mii camera doesn’t have any trouble seeing in the dark, you won’t need to turn on the lights when capturing Pokémon either.
Overall, most people seem to be pretty happy with Pokemon Revolution. It’s currently ranked as the 13th most downloaded game on the Nintendo Switch, according to the company. While it may not have the highest ranking, it’s probably the best game in the series on the Switch. The reason behind that is simple: it’s the first Pokémon game developed for the Switch, and it embraces all the features that make it unique, including the touch screen, motion controls, and the fact that it’s portable. Not only that, but it also offers a complete story mode, which is a first for the series. It also runs smoothly even on low-end hardware, which should please the audience that usually downloads games on the switch.
On the other hand, Pokemon fans who have played and finished the game say it’s the worst in the series. These users are usually quick to point out the game’s significant graphical changes and how they impact gameplay. Many also claim that the game is too easy and feels like a beta version. Since this is the first game in the series to be released for the Switch, it’s likely that a lot of these complaints are due to the fact that players are expecting too much from it. Nevertheless, as I’ve already stated, much like any other game in the series, you’ll only need to complete a couple of tasks in order to make some quick cash. However, since those tasks involve walking around and looking for signs of life in various places, it can be a bit tedious. So while it may not be the deepest game in the series, it’s certainly one of the easiest.