I know that many have been wondering if Pokémon Quest is worth downloading and playing after it was announced. Well, here are five reasons why you should download Pokémon Quest.
Yeah, I know. Nintendo has stated that this game is “free-to-start” which means that there is a possibility that you may need to pay to advance. But honestly, I haven’t found the need to purchase any add-ons after completing three levels, and I didn’t feel pressured to purchase any add-ons either. As for the wait time before I can partake in another expedition? I don’t feel like I need to immediately complete the stage now. I can wait to tackle it whenever I’m ready.
2. No Evolution Stones Required
You read that correctly! You don’t need an evolution stone to evolve your Growlithe to an Arcanine. You’ll need to level your Growlithe to a certain level and he (or she) will evolve to Arcanine. As for the Eevee, you’ll need to place Eevee in one of the colored spots to evolve it. Place Eevee in the red spot on your team and once you level your Eevee to a certain level, it will evolve to Flareon. Simple as that!
3. Easy to Play
Pokémon Quest is easy to start and play. The mechanics are pretty simple. You befriend wild Pokémon by cooking food at the base (or from wild ones visiting your base randomly), and then you go on the expeditions to level them up. Each Pokémon only has 1-2 moves and they are easily powered up by the power stones you gain from completing the expeditions. Also, if you fail an expedition, you still gain EXP and it does count towards the cooking time for the food you’re preparing back at the base.
Also, the expeditions only take a few minutes at most to complete. They’re not too time-consuming, and as long as your team is above the recommended level, you can easily set the game to auto-battle and clear the expedition.
4. Cooking to Befriend Pokémon
It’s a trial and error for the cooking. But you’ll be able to find the recipes online. As you progress through the game, you’ll gain other pots that will allow you to recruit stronger Pokémon. Also, to save time, the cooking time is tied to how many expeditions you’ll have to complete. Even if you do fail an expedition, it will still count towards your “cooking time” so that’s a major plus for me.
5. Cute Art Style & Music
How can you not like the art style? All the Pokémon are now minimalized into a cube art style. Plus, who doesn’t want to see an Onyx in this art style? Also, the music is pretty great. It compliments the game and it’s somewhat relaxing as well as you go on the expeditions.
Overall, I enjoy what is offered in Pokémon Quest. It’s simple and fun. I mostly enjoy trying various recipes to see what Pokémon I can befriend and hope I can get some of my favorites. (And yes, I did choose Pikachu as my starter.)
Pokémon Quest is now available for free on the Nintendo Switch and it is slated to be released on Android and iOS in June.