Pokemon Trading Card Game Online
The beloved Pokemon trading card game makes its way to a mobile device near you. How does it measure up?
If you've been looking for a way to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game online and on the go for some time, your prayers have been answered with the official release of the iPad app. Like Hearthstone before it, it's built to act as a companion app to the online version of the card game. Is it worth picking up for the Pokemon diehards and newcomers alike?
This is a full-featured Pokemon experience with plenty of options for new and veteran players. You've got three decks to choose from when you start out, and when you win battles, most of the time you'll be given a new card to add to your deck. You can collect this way, or you'll want to collect this way or by buying the cards in real life and redeeming the codes online.
Newer players will find the tutorial and gameplay explanations a welcome change from having to thumb through a manual or learning the ropes from a veteran player. It's also handy not to have to worry about carryign unwieldy card boxes and binders, and of course matching with opponents across the world is a welcome sight, especially given the fact that it can be hard to find players in real life these days. The presentation is also quite slick, with a clean interface and plenty to see and do.
The art style may be quite jarring for those familiar with the anime art of the series, manga, or Pokemon media -- even the cards themselves. It looks and feels bizarre, honestly, and doesn't match the tone of the Pokemon franchise. In addition, the AI can be a bit dim when it comes to choosing attacks that will wipe out your bench. If you want a true challenge, you'll want to stick to real opponents.
This is a quick, simple, and clean way to enjoy a fantastic card game on the go, and while it may be a far cry from the Game Boy Color version released so many years ago, it's a great start and an option that you'll want to choose if you want to reignite your love for the game or simply get started with it -- and besides, it's free!