A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
POKEMON CONQUEST has a notably different story than the typical Pokemon game. First off, Pokemon trainers are not referred to as "trainers" in this game, but rather as "warriors." Set in an environment designed to resemble the historical era of feudal Japan, players travel to different kingdoms and set their Pokemon into battle. If players manage to defeat their opponents, they gain control of the kingdom, and the goal is to rule over as many kingdoms as possible. The structure of the game functions more like a board game than the typical open-ended adventures that are more associated with this franchise.
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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- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Math: estimation, patterns, probability
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, strategy, thinking critically
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: June 18, 2012
- Genre: Role-Playing
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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