Pokemon developer The Pokemon Company has introduced a new mobile game entitled Pokemon Duel which is available for both iOS and Android devices. Based on the report, the new Pokemon game is described as a strategy board game that features Pokemon characters.
According to the report from Game Rant, the developer already has cards on its hands in the mobile world with Pokemon Go. The augmented reality game has recorded 50 million accumulated number of downloads. The game also caused the revenue of the App Store to reach $20 billion last 2016.
Meanwhile, Pokemon Duel's gameplay allows players to build their own deck of cards that features six Pokemon characters such as Pikachu, Snorlax, and Mew. The deck will be their weapon to battle other players around the globe. With thedeck and a variety of moves and abilities, the purpose of the game is to make the character reach to the opponent's end-side by carefully deciding the route to take.
On the other hand, The Pokemon Company stated that the turned-based Pokemon Duel applies several tactics such as using a Pokemon to block an opponent's route. In addition, players can also test their composed strategy on AI opponents in order to be prepared to battle against real players around the world.
Pokemon Duel is a free-to-play game which supports microtransactions. As reported, the in-app purchases in Pokemon Duel seem to be less disruptive than the ones applied in Pokemon Shuffle, another Pokemon game which is available on Nintendo 3DS that received massive criticism by players.
Though the game is trying to avoid the typical free-to-play issues, Pokemon Duel might still struggle to match the record done by Pokemon Go. In addition, it might not also trouble the remarkable sales of Pokemon Sun and Moon. Apparently, there are several fans already expressing their concerns to the game, which was just released today. Some players said that Pokemon Duel does not really separate itself from the usual Pokemon games and thus it is not worth the time. Pokemon Duel is now available on iOS and Android devices.