Pokémon Masters is finally out on mobile smart devices and it’s definitely a game that any Pokémon fan should give a Poliwhirl. It is a free-to-play game full of fun characters from the Pokémon universe and has a battling system new to the series. The story is fun and entertaining and the graphics and animations pull you straight into the world of Pokémon.
As a new trainer, you start to build your team of sync pairs to use in battles. A sync pair is a trainer from the Pokémon universe and their partner Pokémon. They have the attacks and abilities of different types along with their sync move which is a very powerful move that charges up throughout the battle and starts with a nice and satisfying little cut scene animation when utilized. The Pokémon’s type also plays a role in this game, as it does in most Pokémon titles, where one element may be stronger than another and be more effective.
In Pokémon Masters, the battling system isn’t turn-based like most other Pokémon games. Your team will consist of three sync pairs and each Pokémon’s ability has a bar value. Your attack bars recharge at the bottom of the screen and you can use any move as long as you have the number of bars it requires. You can select the opposing teams Pokémon which you want to attack and then select your Pokémon and the attack that you want to use. So essentially both teams will be making moves as soon as they are able to and come up with their strategy. The sync move timer counts down with each move.
I did say it is a free-to-play game so I know what you are thinking. Microtransactions. Yes, there are microtransactions to buy gems. Gems are Pokémon Masters’ paid currency that allows you to scout for more sync pairs. You can also earn gems through gameplay by going through the main story as well as Sync Pair Stories, which are side-stories for each trainer you can go through to improve that sync pair and even evolve their Pokémon. Sync pairs will also join you as you proceed through the main story.
Pokémon Masters is a sure delight for any Pokémon fan as they get to play with some of their favorite characters in the series as well as good fun for newcomers to the Pokémon franchise with its fun story and cast as well as a battle system that is addicting and tantalizing to master. As usual, I’m looking forward to seeing, even more, coming from the Pokémon Company down the road as the game definitely has room to add more in the future maybe even coinciding with other Pokémon titles. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.