While everyone from 6-year-old kids to 26-year-old adults are walking about attempting to catch ‘em all and be the very best that no one ever was, a new game has entered the arena. Meet Pokémon Duel.
Developed by Nintendo, Pokémon Duel is a strategy battle game. The objective of the game is to collect virtual figures and battle it out against your opponent in order to take over their territory. Think of it like a gym battle but rather than a badge, you get control of that player’s area.
The figures resemble Nintendo’s Amiibo, a series of character created by the company that interact with multiple games on the Nintendo Wii U, 3DS and the Nintendo Switch as well via NFC.
How does one play Pokémon Duel?
Well, pretty much the normal way you duel in the game as well, with a few changes. The game is essentially a board game rather than the usual Pokémon experience. The dual actually pits your figures (in a team of 6) against your opponent. Your figures move across a playing field scattered with spaces. These spaces can be used by your Pokémon to attack, flank or block your opponents’ Pokémon. The first player to reach the enemy’s goal wins.
The duel begins the moment a Pokémon lands on a space next to an enemy. Like the video game and the TCG (trading card game), each Pokémon has its own set of characteristics. This also includes the amount of steps that they can move in a single turn and also the different attacks they have. Your team can be used both for defense and offence.
You must then spin a Data Disk to determine which attacks your character will use. You can also use a special plate at the beginning of each turn to power up your Pokémon in different ways.
How much is Pokémon Duel?
As most games available, Pokémon Duel is a free game, with in-app purchases. These purchases come in the form of the plates mentioned above, and Boosters. You can also trade in game currency for new Pokémon. If you feel you’re up for a challenge, there’s also a league play mode so you can compete with real human opponents. If not, you can always solo against the game’s AI.
You can also earn Gems each day by playing Pokémon Duel or by completing daily missions. Of course, you can always buy Gems outright.
A word of advice
Pokémon Duel is available for both iOS and Android. I was unable to download it through the Google Play Store as it apparently is not available for Sri Lanka (here we go again). If you’re willing to, you can grab the APK from an APK hosting site such as APKMirror but you should only do so if you trust the site. We do not take responsibility should anything happen to your phone by installing the app from third party sites.
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