pokemon-tcg-online
Metacritic: 78/100
Release: Sep 2014
Reviewed on: iOS

Pokémon TCG Online

Site Score
8.0
Good: Great conversion from physical to virtual – Strong community for tournaments and ranked
Bad: Sheer numbers of cards makes it hard to catch up
User Score
8.8
(6 votes)
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Pokemon TCG Online brings the card game into the desktop and mobile space, allowing you to play the addicting Pokemon themed card game across your devices with players across the world.

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In terms of mechanics the game plays similar to the physical card game with players using Pokemon, energy cards and trainer cards in an attempt to knock out all your opponent’s Pokemon for victory.

Whether you’ve loved the Pokemon franchise, the other card orientated games or it is your first step into the Pokemon card universe you’ll pick up the mechanics quickly before taking them into battle against players and AI. To help you go from new trainer to master you’ll have a healthy dose of tutorials.

For those not familiar with this Pokemon spin off the game revolves around 60 card decks designed by the player which can include a mixture of basic Pokemon, Pokemon evolution, energy cards and trainer cards. At any time players may have a single active Pokemon with up to 5 on the bench and must attach energy cards in order to each of these in order to attack.

Meanwhile trainer cards can alter the battle through instant effects that let you impact on the play area, player hands or Pokemon. Being a Pokemon title players also need to factor in resistances and weaknesses for Pokemon damage which is where an understanding of Pokemon will assist players.

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Mechanics aside Pokemon TCG Online gives you a single player campaign referred to as Trainer Challenge which takes players through a number of cups and battles with varying decks, providing a real challenge at the higher difficulties. Alternatively Versus Mode allows for practice and ranked variants with the occasional tournament event with entry fees but greater rewards (Trainer Tokens for card unlocks).

Pokemon TCG Online is without a doubt a great adaption from the physical card game into the virtual. The large range of cards and strong mechanics also make it ideal card game for fans of Pokemon or the card game genre.

Summary:

  • Pokemon themed card game comes to life.
  • Collect Pokemon, trainer and energy cards to create your deck.
  • Single player challenges and versus mode (with ranked).
  • Play across your desktop and mobile devices.
  • Tackle tournaments to prove yourself as a master.

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Pokémon TCG Online, 8.8 out of 10 based on 6 ratings

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