Pokémon X/Pokémon Y

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Gameplay and characters kids love with some new twists.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 38 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn strategy as the experiment to create the strongest Pokemon team possible and to make use of all the tools available. They will use problem-solving skills to find solutions for challenges that appear, calculate the stats needed to compete with other Pokemon, and use their imaginations to customize their avatars. Pokemon X/Pokemon Y offers cooperative fun in a world filled with collecting and strategic battles.

Positive Messages

Despite a lot of "battling," positive messages abound. Kids are encouraged to use teamwork, be kind, help each other, care for their Pokemon, and be open-minded about different (in-game) beliefs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters are kind and generous, sharing information and objects with the player. There are a few characters who are stingy or not good sports, but they're in the minority.

Ease of Play

Basic gameplay is easy. Navigation is intuitive, and battling is as simple as choosing a move to use on an opponent. There are a range of special moves and features that become available in-game with no explanation on how to use them. You can succeed without using them, but it's frustrating to have no in-game help in those areas.

Violence & Scariness

There's a lot of turn-by-turn battling with special powers, but there's no blood, nothing scary, and very little shown on-screen. It's more like a fencing tournament than a boxing match. Pokemon don't die; they just faint. Players who run out of Pokemon (meaning they've all fainted) will black out and revive in town.


The game is based on a very popular franchise that has a wide range of products available.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokemon X/Pokemon Y follows the same game pattern as previous titles in the series. The two games are very similar; only the pocket monsters you collect differ. This is an adventure-style game where kids "battle" their way through the region, gathering Pokemon and leveling up their skills through turn-by-turn battles and training experiences. The battles are fairly low-key; there's no visible contact, and when a Pokemon runs out of health, it simply faints. The story line is primarily positive, and even the worst of the adversaries only engage in some mild trash-talking. The online experiences, particularly live chat, are a concern for parents and should be handled via parental controls. Despite what seems like a violent premise (pairing off Pokemon to fight and level up in ability), the game has a positive, supportive, and nurturing tone that's appropriate for most ages. Kids will need to be able to read to follow the story line.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. December 29, 2017

Security Issues With Voice Chatting

Okay now hear me out when I say that this is a dangerous game in the series because it allows your children to add complete strangers to their friend list after... Continue reading
Adult Written byBekah R. October 4, 2016

Pure excellency!

I'm 19 years old and not a parent, but I am told I'm really good at decision making in entertainment, both for myself and children. I'll be focus... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 14, 2013

Pokemon= awesome

In this game, it really shows people that in the "world of Pokemon" the people care for the Pokemon, just like dags and cats. this game has some good... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 30, 2016

Good for passing time

Good for passing time and offline mode is fun too, gets repetitive though and Team Flare battles are boring IMHO (in my honest opinion). You can use "nick... Continue reading

What's it about?

Your character (boy or girl) has just moved to a new town when the mysterious Professor Sycamore invites you to seek out Pokemon and collect as much information as possible in a Pokedex. Along with four other kids, you set out to explore the region of Kalos, battling other trainers, gathering information, and learning everything you can about the world.

The gameplay is pretty straightforward, but there's a lot to do. You'll visit training gyms and battle your way to the top to earn badges. You'll grow your own berries, make PR videos, collect fossils, take pictures, seek out treasure, go fishing, explore caves, ride roller skates and a bike, and establish yourself as a member of the training elite. Plus, there's free exploration and customization (you can change your hair and clothes, for example). For long-time Pokemon fans, there are plenty of new features. For example, Super Train your Pokemon in a special training arena rather than relying solely on battles. There are new Fairy-types and \"horde\" encounters wherein you must pit your single Pokemon against a group of other wild Pokemon. Mega-Evolution, one of the mysteries in the story line, allows Pokemon to experience an ultimate evolution. You can even interact directly with your Pokemon via Pokemon-Amie mini-games.

Is it any good?

POKEMON X/POKEMON Y isn't groundbreaking for the series, but it continues the fun that's made the series so popular. The game offers a lot of areas to explore and a lot of activities. Those who love previous installments will no doubt enjoy this one, and it could certainly win over the next generation of Pokemon fans.

There are some new features that will appeal to different types of fans. Those who enjoy battling will be intrigued by the Mega-Evolution mystery and may appreciate the chance to super-train their Pokemon and battle hordes in the wild. Those who are more interested in the characters can spend their time (and money) customizing their avatar's clothing, hair, and accessories. They also can nurture their Pokemon by playing with them, feeding them, and showing them lots of love. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What do you enjoy most about Pokemon games? Why?

  • If you could design your own Pokemon, what would it look like? What abilities would it have?

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