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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: 30 out of 49
  2. Negative: 7 out of 49
  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. Oct 1, 2021
    10
    THIS GAME IS AWESOME. Good graphics for the 3DS, very good music, good game-play and a good story. If you have a 3DS and want something newTHIS GAME IS AWESOME. Good graphics for the 3DS, very good music, good game-play and a good story. If you have a 3DS and want something new and very good try this game it is amazing. They say that this game is a Pokemon rip-off but this game is not that. I can confirm that this game can be sometimes better than Pokemon, but not always.

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  3. Nov 6, 2015
    9
    The first thing that comes into mind when one talks about Yo-kai Watch is Pokemon but in order to truly appreciate this game we should notThe first thing that comes into mind when one talks about Yo-kai Watch is Pokemon but in order to truly appreciate this game we should not compare the two of them. Of course there are similarities but they are a lot of differences also. Also we need to understand that this game is aimed to children so the story is not very complex. In my opinion Level-5 has done an awesome job with this game, is very funny and catchy, the music is awesome and the design in general is top notch. The only flaw of this game is the battle system, is not BAD but is not GOOD either, I have no idea in the 2nd installment of the game they fix it (I hope so) but in this one you do not have a lot of control in the battle, of course you can do stuff but is very basic. Still the game really shine in the other aspects that I mentioned, I recommend it to any fan of JRPG and Level-5 in general. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Nov 22, 2015
    7
    Yokai Watch is the first installment in what is considered a huge success in the Japanese market. It's been a best seller every year since theYokai Watch is the first installment in what is considered a huge success in the Japanese market. It's been a best seller every year since the first game came out on the 3DS in 2013. I was very curious to see what the fuss was about and was very happy when I heard Nintendo had plans to localize it for English audiences. I really wanted to love this game, but there a few things that just bog down the experience, making it just a decent game.

    Many people might look at this game and draw a lot of comparisons to pokemon, but Yokai Watch is a bit different. First, Yokai are based on Japanese folklore, as most of the monsters in this game have huge connections to Japanese mythology. You can tell when playing that a lot of things have been westernized for English speaking audiences, but there are plenty of things that make this game quite Japanese like rice ball items to when entering buildings you take off your shoes. I have no problem with these things, but I find it odd that all the main characters have been given Western names, yet everything surrounding this game is so very Japanese and culturally different. To me this is where the English version of the game misses out and I find most kids probably won't understand the significance of certain yokai versus somebody who grew up in Japan. Unlike pokemon, where a lot of the designs can work for plenty of different audiences worldwide, a lot of yokai are much stranger, but I feel most of the designs are cool enough and the English translations work well enough still.

    The main gist of the game is you're a young kid who befriends a rather perky ghost-like yokai named Whisper. Together with him and your yokai watch which helps you see the invisible yokai around you, you solve mysteries, usually by problem solving or fighting yokai that are causing mischief. For instance, in the beginning of the game you'll find your parents are fighting, and there is a yokai inspiriting them that makes them fight. You'll battle these yokai rpg style, as you can have 6 yokai in your party, with up to 3 fighting all at once, and being able to switch them out on the fly. The battle system is actually very fun, though you don't actively command your yokai, as they automatically attack. What you do have control of in battle is using items or activate a yokai's soultimate move, which triggers a short touchscreen game like spinning an orb, drawing some quick characters, or tapping flying discs that fly across the screen.

    Probably the biggest flaw in this game is trying to recruit yokai. In order to recruit yokai, you'll need to give yokai their favorite item, like meat, milk, candy, etc, then hope they want to join your party at the end of the battle. It sounds easy enough, but the frustration I've had in trying to get yokai to join me cannot be emphasized enough. You'll spend hours trying to get yokai to join you, giving them the best quality items that they love the most, even having yokai in your party that aid in recruitment, only for nothing to happen. Plenty of times I'll be in battle and give an item to a specific yokai, only to have a yokai I didn't give an item to want to join me instead. Trying to get yokai feels like you don't have much active input in whether or not they will join you, and it feels like it's entirely chance based. I am 40 hours into the game and I have almost half of the 235 or so yokai, and the ones that aren't given to me from the story were only obtained after many many encounters with the same yokai again and again, and it becomes very tedious and frustrating. This is something that shouldn't be as hard as it is, especially since you'll need a few of the yokai for certain missions. If you're coming into this thinking it'll be a fun pokemon-esque "catch em' all" game, you'll be quite frustrated in that regard.

    I still think Yokai watch has a good battle system, and I like some of the yokai designs. Even if the localization is not perfect, it is still quite good, and I think yokai are quite unique in the way each one of them affects the world around them. It's a decent game, but the recruitment mechanic can be quite frustrating and bogs the experience down.
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  6. Apr 24, 2016
    7
    i think its a ok game because it has a really innovative and cool battle system and involves many 3ds features which is nice too but thei think its a ok game because it has a really innovative and cool battle system and involves many 3ds features which is nice too but the cheesy humour and the alright graphics will only apeal to peoples below the age of 13 Expand
  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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