It’s all gone a bit YO-KAI WATCH crazy here, the boys are ever so slightly hooked on the new release for the Nintendo 3DS. Since the 29th of May it’s all they want to talk about, they even “play” the game at school running around the field trying to find YO-KAI characters.
If your not familiar with the game its all about lots of characters some mischievous, others cute or spooky, they all have very individual personalities and strengths and your job is to track them down so you can beat the evil YO-KAI and solve this issues throughout the game and in turn protect Springdale from these roguish entities. With over 200 of these characters you have your work cut out!
It’s completely captured the attention of my boys (aged 7 and 8) and their friends. I have myself had a little try and although my battling skills need improving I can definitely see the attraction of the game. Springdale is fun to explore and huge, freely roaming around appeals to my boys and their sense of adventure from city to woodland lets lots to see and interact with. Youngest likes going around catching bugs (these can be exchanged for other items). You can imagine just admiring the backdrop and having a break from YO-KAI spotting, but that’s part of the lure, the freedom to travel around the game as you wish.
It’s a fantastic game for investigating and resolving problems, the YO-KAI can be found to be the cause of most of them! So by getting them on side you can slowly start to put things right in Springdale once and for all. I think it’s a great game for children to acknowledge people’s feelings and hopefully think about how their behaviour could impact others (minus a YO-KAI egging them on of course!). They can start to realise if someone says something mean it will affect others.
You use your YO-KAI Lens to find the YO-KAI and they could be hidden anywhere, the boys liked improving their powers of observation and tracking the YO-KAI as they tried to escape. Then you have the battle scenario; here I got a bit confused by the YO-KAI Wheel but basically you trace symbols and spinning a disk to activate your powers! My boys seemed be more battle ready than me as I kept losing, I don’t know if it was down to my six selected YO-KAI or most likely the fault of the player… although I haven’t had much chance to refine my skills seeing as the boys don’t really want to share their YO-KAI Watch game!!! There is some strategic thinking needed about who makes your battle list and what boosts you can get from them. I think I will stick to throwing food at the YO-KAI in the hope I can befriend them! Your inventory plays an important part because it helps recover HP in battle or adjust the personality of the YO-KAI like making them more gentle.
I completely see why it’s huge in Japan, its very addictive. I have a feeling it will take Europe by storm next! It’s a delightful game that adults will be just as happy playing. I am glad Japan are sharing the phenomenon with us.
You can find out more information on the YO-KAI WATCH website