Our first duty as a new member of the Nintendo Family Bloggers team was to put Pokken Tournament launched on the 18th of March through its paces. The boys eagerly sat down and started up the game, they already like Pokémon so I thought we would be on to a good thing here and I was right.
Although I did not account for hubbie getting quite so hooked on the game, the boys rather reluctantly added him into the turn taking circle. Fortunately mummy just watches (and takes notes!) so they get more game time between them. The game reminded me of the arcade style play I enjoyed as a child and I thought it was very effective; it certainly captured the interest of the boys as they were completely engrossed in the fast paced action.
You fight in numerous championships leveling up your chosen fighter in the process, the boys enjoyed seeing the impressive special moves and trying to score higher points for offense, defense, technique and bonus than each other.
You have a little in fight helper that can prove quite handy; the Support Pokémon can attack the other player, disrupt their attack or give you a valuable buff to help in the fight. The boys liked this feature, as it was something extra to look out for when the fight was going on. They just picked out characters based on how cute they looked but it’s worth thinking which one will most compliment your chosen fighter.
You can play in the practise area against a dummy that helps you learn how to do all your moves, handy for players that want to learn what to do without getting attacked in the process! But to be honest the boys just wanted to get stuck in against the proper opponents.
It’s worth seeing what style your opponent has and coming up with an attack to counter it. The boys liked seeing perfect come up on the screen when they manage to combine their moves effectively for the most damage! They were excited seeing the Synergy Gauge fill so they could turn into a more impressive version of themselves! Machamp made us giggle flexing his muscles, some of the fighters are quite entertaining.
As you progress through the game you can unlock more support Pokémon and be awarded money to spend on new clothes or effects for your trainer.
I would definitely recommend this game, based on the experiences of my 7 and 8 year old boys and their 34-year-old daddy! The graphics are great and the game play challenging.