A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn how to think critically to figure out strategies for how to successfully take on opponents in turn-based Pokemon battles. Kids are encouraged to figure out the best way to both offensively battle against other Pokemon creatures and also employ defensive tactics to ensure their victory. The battles, which take place on a grid, come across as more of a good-natured competition about using strategy, rather than any sort of actual violent event. Pokemon Conquest provides kids with some ways to test and develop strategies to defeat their enemies.
As is common with the Pokemon series, this game has a solid message about believing in yourself and going for the gold. This game has a particularly strong focus on players creating bonds with their Pokemon team. Although the creatures are used for battle, they are also loving and caring, and players need to nurture their relationships with them as though they are members of their family.
Positive Role Models
The various Pokemon trainers in this game come across as positive role models. A good Pokemon trainer pushes himself to the limit and never stops trying to become a better and stronger competitor. The sport of Pokemon training does focus on battling other Pokemon, but these creatures do not die. The entire concept is more like jousting or fencing in that it's all in the spirit of strategic competition and no one is ever seriously injured.
Ease of Play
This game is markedly different than other entries to the Pokemon series. Instead of simplistic battles where players battle one opponent in a turn-based competition, the battles in this game take place on an expansive grid, with up to six Pokemon creatures battling at a time. Players need to maneuver their Pokemon throughout the grid, employing strategies that are both offensive and defensive at times.
Violence & Scariness
The depiction of violence is minimal in this game. Pokemon creatures attack one another, resulting in colorful flashes and sound effects, but the creatures never die. If they are defeated in battle, they simply faint and can be revived later. In addition, the focus of this game is very much on the strategy of battle and not the violent content.
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Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pokemon Conquest is a very different game than every other title in the Pokemon franchise. This game is a strategy-based role-playing game in which players conduct battles on various game-like boards. Players move their Pokemon to various points on the board so that they can attach nearby opponents while also preventing being attacked from the opposing Pokemon. Although the structure of battle is different, this game shares all the same elements that have made the Pokemon series so well received -- it is filled with positive messages and role models, and the violence serves as a minor factor to an experience that is more about strategy and skill.
Is It Any Good?
Pokemon Conquest is a very unique entry to the Pokemon series. The battle system plays out as a strategic turn-based role-playing game, a genre that generally caters to a more experienced, skillful set of players than the typical Pokemon player. For those who are willing to learn the nuances of this battle system and take the time needed to perfect their strategies, this game is ultimately rewarding. Fans should note that not every Pokemon creature appears in this game, but should nevertheless appreciate the new gameplay system that helps breathe life into the franchise.
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