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  • Summary: The YO-KAI WATCH game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Yo-kai are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born fromThe YO-KAI WATCH game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Yo-kai are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike. Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. May 8, 2016
    90
    With its fantastic soundtrack, gorgeous visuals and sky high production values, Yo-Kai Watch belies its years to deliver one of the better looking game on the Nintendo 3DS. It’s unlikely to match Pokémon’s success in the West, but judged upon its own merits, this is one of the better 3DS games released in the last few years and a genuine match for the ever-popular Pokémon franchise.
  2. Apr 28, 2016
    86
    Derivative but not too much, aimed to children but also to many grown-ups, we can finally understand why Yo-Kai Watch has unleashed, in Japan, a craze second only to that of Pokémon itself.
  3. Nov 4, 2015
    85
    If you love to sit by the fire and train your Pokémon for hours, perfecting their EV and IV levels so you can be the very best, you likely won't find the same depth in Yo-Kai. Its world and philosophy is much simpler than that. But as a result, none of it feels frustrating or like work, and I'm constantly tempted to jump back into my adventures with Nate and Whisper.
  4. 80
    Yo-Kai watch might seem like another Pokemon clone, but it's anything but. Don't be fooled by its kid-friendly nature; it's charming, endearing, and one of the best 3DS games of the year.
  5. May 5, 2016
    75
    By no means this is the “new Pokemon”, but Yo-Kai Watch is cute, addictive and probably justifies the “fever” that has started in Japan and is now spreading all over the world.
  6. Apr 21, 2016
    70
    Combat is not as tactical nor as deep as one could expect from a RPG. Moreover, befriending Yo-kai can be pretty frustrating at times. However, the game tells a light story full of hope, laughs and happiness. Discovering Yo-kai Watch is a very enjoyable experience that we gladly invite you to try.
  7. Jan 3, 2016
    60
    Yo-Kai Watch's main story can easily be completed in under twenty hours, though there's quite the meaty postgame for those who are enamored with the gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Nov 8, 2015
    10
    This game is not Pokemon. Thank goodness. The similarities are very few, and this doesn't make or break the game at all. Comparing the twoThis game is not Pokemon. Thank goodness. The similarities are very few, and this doesn't make or break the game at all. Comparing the two is pointless, why not give this great game a fair review. Yo-Kai Watch is a fun and very imaginative creation. I find myself growing more and more addicted to the battle system and trying to find as many Yo-Kai as I can. There's tons of ways to do it too; plenty of quests that might give, or force you to befriend a Yo-Kai, a gambling system in the woods that lets you have up to possibly three a day, a streetpass motel, and probably more. I'm about 8 hours in, I'm not a rush and get it finished type of player. I like details, and Yo-Kai Watch has plenty of little tidbits to make you smile.

    I keep reading reviews about how un-"complex" this game is or how "child-like" it is, and I don't really see that. When I play, I see a witty little girl, who for all I know could be 19 living with her strict parents who don't let her out at night, and she happens to see things others can't. While playing, I saw a domesticated pet Yo-Kai that was turned to ice in the pond, was it a pet that got lost, died and turned to ice in the pond? Maybe. My point, use your imagination guys! And when has whether a game is complex or not ever been a grading criteria? Especially in America, come on, really? The last game I've played, and it's the complete opposite, was the Witcher 3, and I'm pretty sure Yo-Kai Watch is more "complicated" as far as mechanics, battling, befriending, collecting, etc as opposed to button mashing and quest searching. I'm not a hater, I love both games.

    Yo-Kai Watch is addicting, imaginative, cute, and good ol fun. I say try out the game for yourselves! I truly hope some of these mediocre reviews don't spoil the second game from coming to America.
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  2. Feb 17, 2016
    10
    What a excellent new ip for the Nintendo 3DS...this game blew past my expectations on many levels. The tone of the game may be directed for aWhat a excellent new ip for the Nintendo 3DS...this game blew past my expectations on many levels. The tone of the game may be directed for a youger audience but I'm a 33 year old man and it made me smile a lot playing this and I had problems putting it down it was that addictive. The story is done well with an excellent quirky soundtrack with some good music. The Yo Kai are hilarious and it funny to see the different characters they came up with, and looking for the many different Yo Kai is fun and never seems to feel to repetitive or boring. The battle system puts a new spin on things which I find quite enjoyable. You have 6 different Yo Kai on a rotating wheel which you can decide on the fly which ones to swap in and out. The Yo kai attack themselves but you control their super moves and some healing. The battle system can be very strategic and is fresh and fun.... A great new way to do rpg style battles.

    This game is a must play for all 3ds owners of any age.
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  3. Jul 8, 2016
    10
    This game is really cute, the level of finished of the assets and the animation are just beautiful! (As expected from Level 5) Mechanics areThis game is really cute, the level of finished of the assets and the animation are just beautiful! (As expected from Level 5) Mechanics are really, really different to Pokemon. Don't try to compare them, the only thing they have in common are the little creatures but they are not animal like, like in Pokemon, they are more person like, they talk, have feelings and personalities, AND not everyone can see them. The story is child like but charming I could say is more RPG than Pokemon and more open too. The battles are really different and I find them more active than just pressing A A A A A all the time, require a little more interaction. I would say is like Fantasy Life mixed with Etrian Oddisey mixed with Digimon or something. Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2016
    8
    It is one of the freshest games of the year, at the start you can think it's a simple game, but when you try the mechanics and look the Yo-kaiIt is one of the freshest games of the year, at the start you can think it's a simple game, but when you try the mechanics and look the Yo-kai character and how to get profit from it in combat, you see how fun the combats can be.
    You don't choose the attack, but you can treat wounds with food, clean diseases and lock on an objetive, in some combats you can't stop doing things.
    The plot is simple as allways, normally it takes 24h to complete doing only the basic to advance and beat the final boss, but don't mistake complete this game takes much more than a hundred of hours, geat all medals, fulfill al secondary missions and the secret dungeon is not something you can do when you fbeat the final boss
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  5. Oct 1, 2018
    8
    Yo-kai Watch is a wonderfully crafted game. It's battle system is unique, the Yo-kai are great (Besides Mama Aura), the writing is laugh outYo-kai Watch is a wonderfully crafted game. It's battle system is unique, the Yo-kai are great (Besides Mama Aura), the writing is laugh out loud funny. The only true problems are how difficult it to befriend Yo-kai, as well as the story being a little messy. Truly a great game! Also it;s definitely not a Pokemon clone. It only took about twenty minutes of gameplay to realize that. Expand
  6. Aug 8, 2016
    7
    A long time ago I played a pretty nice game called pokemon. It was original for its time and had plentiful of things to do: I easily spent allA long time ago I played a pretty nice game called pokemon. It was original for its time and had plentiful of things to do: I easily spent all day playing it until I finished it. Then I couldn't care less about its sequels due to how identical they were, with barely any innovation except for graphics. And new pokemon but that's not enough.

    What I'm saying with this silly intro is that Pokemon never seemed to attempt at innovating its own core mechanics, while many others did but failed to achieve the same fame as pokemon. This is what happens when a famous brand is attached to a - in my opinion - mediocre game.

    Until I tried Yo-kai watch and while I wasn't really sure about it, the more I played the more I fell in love with it and screamed to myself "THIS, this is what I wanted all along: new gameplay, new mechanics, a story, ANYTHING that didn't look exactly like the first pokemon!". And I'll explain why.

    First and foremost, am I the only person in the entire world that doesn't see the similarities with pokemon, but with Shin Megami Tensei and Jade Cocoon 2? The interaction parts are similar to the Atlus game, except that it's much more simple and you can't actually talk, but only interact with food. I'll explain later about this but overall, the main difference with pokemon is that you ACTUALLY interact with them, as they don't repeat their own names like inbred retards. It's not incredibly vast but, I felt more attached to my yo-kais than my pokemons for sure.

    Secondly the combat allows you to use 6 Yo-kai at once in a circular pattern, meaning that you can only put the first 3 in battle while the other 3 will stay in the backline, which is a very similar system used in Jade Cocoon 2 (with 9 instead of 6). Not only that but this system is actually well used, as the enemies will constantly curse your yokais and this will force you to switch the formation; during the switch you must de-curse your yo-kais and doing so you obtain a lot of EXP. In addition to this you'll be able to perform special abilities, which are from healing to multi-target attacks. Each Yo-kai have their own and it's well varied!

    Another similarity with SMT is the merging: you can merge yo-kais with other yo-kais AND items to obtain new and stronger ones. Luckily enough it's very limited so you won't have to randomly try for new spirits: if you have the right yo-kai or item, you can merge it, or else you won't.

    The game also allows you a lot of freedom and has NO RANDOM ENCOUNTERS WHATSOEVER. Yes, you can avoid all encounters at will, even in dungeons, as they appear in the screen anytime. This is SO much better in comparison to pokemon...but also a bit of a drawback, for a reason that I'll explain later. However the game is very open ended, despite limited at the start, and has a lot of sidequests, sideactivities (which are incredibly RNG, sadly) and an actual main story to follow that's...interesting but not nobel worthy. There are also "medals" to acquire but, unlike pokemon which are kind of a nuisance and are there because...uh...because it's poekmon, in Yo-kai watch they serve 2 purposes:

    1) The possibility to obtain stronger Yo-kais
    2) Allow passage through certain passages.

    Infact thanks to the watch, you can easily see what kind of Yo-kai is nearby you with a sort of radar that shows the weakest (E) to strongest (S) Yo-kai. You're free to avoid them whenever you want but eventually you'll have to upgrade your watch in order to move with the story.

    However there's one major issue that ruins the game: the Yo-kai capturing.

    Let me explain how it works: you see a Yo-kai nearby through the radar, you search around for it and you find it; after that you have to highlight it with your watch for a few seconds (by the way, why can't the 3DS just show **** on the touchscreen already? The DS did that!) and you get into the fight. You finish the fight...and pray to RNGesus that he/she joins you. More than likely they won't. Repeat the process.

    This....this is mind numbingly bad: RNG should be left for F2P games (or Final Fantasy games, as they seem to love it the most), not to a main mechanic of the entire game! You can use food to raise the chance to capture your Yo-kai but it's not even assured you'll get it! I spent hours trying to capture 1 Yo-kai and every Yo-kai but the one I wanted joined my team. Every. Single. Other. Yo-kai. And I still haven't got it until now.

    This is why this game gets 7: if the capturing system was more controlled I would've loved this game to no end, but the RNG factor ruins it and it's not really that fun either. The combat is quick sure but why couldn't we have some meter or something that shows that we're going to capture it at the end? It's just needlessly complicated (like some other company I know).

    Overall, the game is fantastic, a fresh take on the monster capture game. Give it a try, but don't go in thinking of pokemon: it's definitely not.
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  7. Sep 5, 2017
    0
    This is just a bad Pokemon rip-off! It's stupid, has bad graphics, terrible battles, bland story, and stupid gameplay! The battles areThis is just a bad Pokemon rip-off! It's stupid, has bad graphics, terrible battles, bland story, and stupid gameplay! The battles are HORRIBLE! All you do is watch your Yo-Kai battle other Yo-Kai! That's It! Watch Jimmy Whetzel's review for more information! Rating: 0/10 Expand

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