Posted in Gaming, Nintendo Switch, Pokemon

Pokemon Quest – Quick Review

I hesitate to call this a “review” because it’s more of a “this is what this game is about” sort of thing. Overall, I find it enjoyable, though not incredibly deep, and will probably keep playing it casually. If nothing else, it’s been giving me a reason to pick up my Switch and enjoy it in hand-held mode, which isn’t something I’ve done much in the past.

What is it?

Pokemon Quest is a cute mobile game that was released on the Switch earlier this week, and will be coming to mobile devices soon. It’s called a “free to start” game, which means you don’t have to pay anything to play it as is, but you can expect there to be mobile aspects, like timers that limit what you do.

So far, the timers don’t bother me much. I’ve gotten used to these sorts of things with mobile games, I suppose. I rarely spend money on mobile games, and Pokemon Quest is not going to be any different. I haven’t seen any real pressing need to open my wallet as this is just a casual thing I pick up a couple times a day.

How does it play?

So yeah. There are Pokemon, though they have a distinct rounded cube shape. I thought this might be a turn-off at first, but I got used to it quickly. Turns out to be pretty cute.

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You set up base on an island, where your main goal is to find the loot. Not kidding. Even the game tells you it’s all about the loot. I haven’t really found loot yet. I have found Pokemon, though.

You enlist the help of these Pokemon, which you mostly attract by cooking dishes of items you gather while your Pokemon explores areas (similar to Breath of the Wild).

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Game play is pretty simple and straightforward. You build a team of Pokemon. You send them to areas on the map. These areas are marked with a number that indicates the difficulty. If team also has a number that indicates the strength of the team. Usually (not always, but usually) my team doesn’t have much of a problem beating down a place that’s lower than their strength number.

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The part that seems to turn the most folks off is the battle system. Basically, your Pokemon move towards the enemies on their own. You can tap some buttons to make them use their skills, to make them scatter, and to fall back. But that’s really about it.

To be honest, I just leave my team on Auto-Attack almost 100% of the time and do something else while they’re battling. Usually, they’re just fine. This doesn’t bother me at all… I’m used to having mobile games that auto-battle for me after spending so much time playing FF Record Keeper.

It might sound bad, but I prefer letting the game play the fights for me. I enjoy the team building, training, decorating, cooking and setting up stones on my Pokemon more than the battle elements.

Oh yeah. Stones.

As you clear areas and beat bosses, you get stones that enhance your Pokemon’s strength and health. There are also stones with special attributes, such as letting you use skills faster, and the like. Also, some areas on the map indicate that certain types of Pokemon (Water, Fire, Bug, etc) are stronger there… So there’s a little bit of strategy in building a team, picking Pokemon right for the area, and developing those Pokemon.

For example, I got an Onix early on that’s a beast of a tank. I mean, a walking wall. I’ve only seen him defeated twice ever. Without him, I’m sure I couldn’t have gotten as far as I have at this point.

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Wrapping it up…

So, anyhow. I haven’t been playing many mobile games lately… I took a bunch of them off my phone not long ago, actually. So this game scratches that very casual collecting and gathering itch and has a pleasant Pokemon twist.

Just know that if you start it on the Switch, you won’t be able to transfer it to your mobile device later. A bit of a bummer, but I think I’ll keep mine on the Switch. The game is tiny and not hurting anything. That way, I don’t have something distracting me at work, and I continue to have a reason to pull out my Switch.

Have you tried it? What do you think of the new little side-game offering from Pokemon? 

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

June 2018 Gaming Goals

I’m back with goal setting for another month. The weather is starting to heat up here, and all folks want to do is stay cool or stay hidden. I prefer both.

Anyhow, I learned last month that even though I have a bunch of job quests I want to get done, it’s not viable to drop them all in a huge list as goals and not be intimidated by it. So, this month, I’m going to pick and choose to hopefully focus and get more things done.

FFXIV Leveling Goals

  • Level Leatherworker to 70 ✓
  • Level White Mage to 70 ✓

I’m going to continue where I left off on both of these jobs. They’re both at level 66 as of right now.

Leatherworker is going to happen no matter what. I’ve been doing the new Namazu beast tribe quests every day and my crafting leveling speed is through the roof.

The White Mage is a little more iffy, but very do-able, since I have to dredge up motivation to do Alliance Roulettes. I’ve also been slacking off on the battle Beast Tribe quests, and that needs to stop.

FFXIV Cleanup Quest Goals

  • Summoner – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Fisher – Lv 60-something – 70 Quest  ✓
  • Finish crafting quests up to 60 for Armorer ✓

Here’s where I cut back on intimidating items. I just grabbed the first job that was on the previous list. That turned out to be Summoner.

I also want to finish up the Fishing quests, though those are often a pain to do since they’re so random. But doing that will finish all my gathering quests for good.

Finally, I’ve decided the next crafting job I want to tackle is going to be Armorer. So, I’m going to go back and see what quests I didn’t finish for that job in Heavensward. Probably most of them. The idea is to get this job caught up so that when Leatherworker hits 70, I can jump right into leveling the next crafter on the list.

Steam Gaming

I’m hesitant to do this because I’m not so sure I can fit this in with all the new FFXIV content. But I still have Steam goals I want to meet for the year. Sooooo….

  • Try one new Steam game each week

So there we have it!

Do you have gaming goals you want to reach this summer?