Parents' Guide to

Pokémon TCG Online

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Faithful but unstable digital version of original card game.

App iPad, Android Free Card Games
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Disgusting company.

You guys are going to loose millions for allowing a judge to disqualifying a kid over a pronoun. My whole family will not buy your merchandise untill Pokémon addresses this issue. We will not support bullies.
age 10+

Entertaining and competitive game with logical and cognitive strategy

This game is just an online version of the trading card game in real life and I think it’s brilliant. Doing battles teaches plenty of logical thinking and basic arithmetic skills for younger audiences. The computer you can go against is a good learning tool and is very easy to learn and easy to beat, but the online versus matches and tournaments are very competitive and to truly perform at your best even in theme format that is heavily luck based you have to be at least 12+ to play to the decks highest potential. Overall this game is very fun and educational, and I would recommend it to anyone above the age of 10

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Is It Any Good?

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If not for serious login and stability issues, this would be a fantastic digital translation of the original TCG. It's possible to play without creating a Trainer Club profile, and progress is saved when you're a Guest, but to access all the game's features, a profile is required. Login functionality is spotty, and the app often thinks you're logged in when you aren't. Also, it sometimes doesn't recognize correct account information, which can make getting started a hassle. Stability is OK on the iPad, but Android players have suffered from frequent crashes. Aside from these technical issues, Pokémon TCG Online has a lot of fun to offer. Gameplay is quick and features great visuals and sometimes sound (some music and sound effects seem to be missing). The Trainer Challenge lets you try out differently themed decks and gives you plenty of opportunity to earn rewards while you learn the ropes. With custom deck backs and avatars, you can personalize your gameplay. Though collectible games tend to promote in-game purchases, it's totally possible to play forever without having to spend a dime, and parents can control how much access kids have to chat and buying coins, which makes this a solid choice for Pokémon lovers.

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