Although the game has been released a month ago on the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Quest is now delivering its one-of-a-kind adventure to all mobile phones worldwide! In this game. you have travelled to the unknown Tumblecube Island to discover its secrets and to make friends with your favourite Pokemon that have transformed into cube forms, which reminds me of the good old classic Pokemon Red & Blue.
Different from the standard Pokemon RPG many of us have played before, you are not required to beat the heck out of wild Pokemons and capture them in the last bit of health using Poke Balls. Instead, you lure Pokemon to your base with your wonderful cooking skills! Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about the newest mobile Pokemon adventure:
Choose your first Pokemon carefully
Professor Oak is not present in the game to introduce you with the roster of Pokemon starters, but you will need to choose among five Pokemon: Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Pikachu or Eevee before you begin your quest. Each starter has their own variation values of HP and Attack.
However, the Pokemon types (such as Water-type attack is super effective against Fire-type Pokemon) won’t have any influence based on the traditional Pokemon strength and weakness. Due to that reason, the combat in this mobile game is slightly unique compared to previous games, which brings up to the next point.
Once you’ve selected your chief Pokemon, you will set on the expeditions throughout the island. During these expeditions, players will have many encounters with wild Pokemon that you fight with to further explore the land. The combat actually looks similar to another Pokemon spin-off: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. Both of the games do not have the iconic Pokemon battle screens as shown in the main series but the central element in these games is to fight Pokemons in the dungeons. While it’s not engaged in turn-based battle, each Pokemon has their own moves, which you need to tap strategically because there is a cooldown timer once you have used it.
Your Pokemon will fight automatically through several succession of waves before meeting the strongest Pokemon towards the end. Just like any other Pokemon games, you can level up your Pokemon to increase HP and Attack as well as the number of sockets for the Power Stones through every expedition. Players also will receive Power Stones that can boost your Pokemon stats such as HP, Attacks, waiting time and more. There are also hidden precious loot scattered around the island as you progress.
The way through Pokemon’s heart is through its belly
What sets Pokemon Quest apart from other Pokemon games is that you are able to attract new Pokemon by cooking using assorted ingredients that you have collected during the expeditions. Once you have combined a mixture of ingredients into the pot, you will have to wait for the dish to be cooked depending on how many times you go for expeditions or you can get the dish instantly by using Poke Mart (PM) tickets.
Each recipe will attract different range of Pokemon to your camp. For starters, try to cook a dish using many ingredients that are from the same colour and consider the texture of the meal to attract a specific type of Pokemon. For example, if you want Pikachu to join your team, mix up soft and yellow ingredients to lure Electric-type Pokemon.
The end quest
Honestly, I find Pokemon Quest to be quite enjoyable because there is a balanced game progression that does not rely on in-app purchases to further advance in the game. However, you don’t have full total control of each Pokemon and you can only get new Pokemon by cooking food so it might not be a game built for traditional Pokemon players.
But if you’re looking for a Pokemon fix while you are counting the days for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, as well as the unnamed Pokemon Switch game, it does not hurt to try this free-to-play game. For those who have played this on the Switch, you cannot sync together with the mobile version. Pokemon Quest has launched to Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.