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Pokemon Conquest

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Strategy-based battle game breathes new life to series.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Although the core of this game is battling other Pokemon, it is actually more a test of mental acuity than anything else. The battle system places a series of Pokemon on a grid, and players must figure out the best strategy for attacking their opponents while also guarding their own Pokemon. Players will learn new strategies as they progress through each battle sequence.

Positive messages

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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Consumerism

This is a part of a very popular brand that includes trading cards, plush animals, and other video games.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in this game. Do you consider Pokemon battles to be violent or good-natured competitions?

  • When have you had to overcome obstacles?

  • Why is it important to treat both your friends and your rivals with respect?

Game details

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

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMyPatronus:Charizard July 13, 2012

Great, but confusing for new players.

A great and rewarding game that is very difficult even for me at 14 years old. If the kid can get the hang of it it is a great game. If the kids have never played Pokémon before it may be very confusing, but if they have played the series before then it will be very easy to understand and adds a new layer of depth to a great series. My only complaint is that this game desperately needs a walk through or guide because many of the technicalities cannot be directly carried over from the main series. EX: Kadabra's trade evolution. The is no trading in the new game and it is pure speculation on how to make them evolve, while not letting them evolve means that they will be weak. Overall, a amazing game that I would recommend to the 9+ age group.
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