I’m going to make these posts a bimonthly feature. They’ll go up every other Sunday, to fit with CIB Sunday on Twitter. CIB stands for complete-in-box, and it’s commonly used to describe video games. If a game includes the cartridge, case, instruction booklet, and everything else it originally came with, it is considered to be CIB.
Yo-kai are cute, sometimes spooky, and typically mischievous beings that inhabit our world. They also happen to be responsible for many of the unfortunate, embarrassing, and frustrating daily occurrences we experience. Have your parents been fighting lately? Most likely, a Yo-kai is to blame. Do you keep tripping and falling? A Yo-kai is probably to blame for that as well.
In Yo-kai Watch, it’s your job to explore the world around you, find Yo-kai, and befriend those Yo-kai to battle against evil Yo-kai. In doing this, you’ll form your own unique team of Yo-kai, all with their own special abilities and attributes. Team up with befriended Yo-kai to help others in trouble and drive back the evil Yo-kai threatening the world!
Yo-kai Watch, for the Nintendo 3DS system, is one of those special video games that is perfect for gamers of all ages. The cute, unique Yo-kai designs and fun sense of humor will keep most children wanting to play it for hours on end. Likewise, the strategic battle system will be more than enough to keep most adults engaged and interested in the game. Personally, I didn’t play this until I was 18 or 19 years old, and I absolutely loved it! I had so much fun with so many aspects of the game. It really kept me glued to the screen.
So, what makes Yo-kai Watch such a good video game? A great many things! The Yo-kai designs are cute, original, and oftentimes, clever. The combat system is surprisingly strategic and requires a lot of thought, especially with boss battles. The game’s sense of humor is fun and leads to many great moments. Both children and adults will be able to connect with it. Now, let’s delve deeper into what makes Yo-kai Watch a great video game!
First, the designs are absolutely adorable and actually have some thought behind them. Take this Yo-kai, Baddinyan, for instance! Baddinyan is meant to look like a delinquent, with a pompadour hairstyle, a scar over one of its eyes, and the kanji for ‘Rebel’ on its outfit. I think this is just such a cute and cool design! It manages to be an original design, while still staying interesting and clever as well. As the title suggests, Yo-kai Watch has a lot of Japanese influence behind it, and knowing this makes Baddinyan’s design even smarter, as Japanese delinquent characters typically have a similar style.
There’s also this little guy, Jibanyan! He’s kind of the Pikachu of Yo-kai Watch, in the way that he’s one of the first Yo-kai you encounter and befriend. He remains a central Yo-kai throughout the rest of the game, and Baddinyan actually evolved from him. And just look at that cute face! Adorable!
Second, the combat system is way more involved than you would expect for this type of game. I knowYo-kai Watch has been compared to Pokemon before, and I can certainly see some of the similarities. But honestly, I think Yo-kai Watch has a much more complex and strategic battle system. Each battle consists of sending out three Yo-kai to combat the Yo-kai you’re facing. Like Pokemon, special attributes and types factor into how effective attacks are. So, you have to be careful with the line-up you choose for each battle.
Moreover, the item system has a cool down period, so you can’t just use item after item. This means healing your Yo-kai when they really and truly need it. Heal a Yo-kai too early just for them to get hit with a much more dangerous attack, and you could lose them for the rest of the battle. And that can mean losing a fight all together. Clearly, this system requires a lot of strategy and forethought.
Another aspect of the combat system I liked, is the inclusion of the Nintendo 3DS stylus. You can have your Yo-kai perform special, much more powerful attacks at certain points in battles. To execute these attacks, you have to do specific actions with the stylus. For example, you might have to trace a symbol or rapidly swirl the stylus around the screen. These actions are different for different attacks, and I think they really add a fresh, engaging layer to the combat system. Plus, it’s always nice to see a Nintendo 3DS game that makes good use of its stylus and touchscreen capabilities!
Finally, the sense of humor in Yo-kai Watch and its story is one that makes the game even more worthwhile. That sense of humor is one that will probably appeal more to children, but I found that it still resulted in many charming moments playing as an adult. This game doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s very self aware, which I love in a video game. Characters and Yo-kai often poke fun at the actions of other characters and call them out on illogical behavior. I thought this was really fun and added some genuinely comedic moments to the game. I think Whisper, a ghost-like Yo-kai, is one of the best examples of humor in the entire video game; he has no shortage of witty, sassy remarks.
Overall, I believe Yo-kai Watch is a great game for players of all ages to check out! Its original, clever character designs, rich combat system, and unique sense of humor make this a worthwhile experience for any gamer to try. Don’t be fooled by its similarities to the Pokemon series! Yo-kai Watch is a video game series that is all its own, and it’s certainly worth a playthrough or two!
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