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  • Summary: Pokémon Duel is a strategy board game that uses Pokémon figures. Build a deck with your favorite figures and then leap into a League Match. Compete with players from around the world for a chance to enter the top League rankings in League Matches. You'll fight your rivals in real time! WinPokémon Duel is a strategy board game that uses Pokémon figures. Build a deck with your favorite figures and then leap into a League Match. Compete with players from around the world for a chance to enter the top League rankings in League Matches. You'll fight your rivals in real time! Win duels, get all kinds of cool figures and items, and make your deck stronger...The rules are simple! The object is to be the first player to get one of your figures to your opponent's goal. How will you get to the goal? You'll need to carefully choose your route. In duels, you and your opponent take turns moving your figures. Set up a strategic formation and attack your opponent, or simply block their path—it's all about tactics. Plan your strategy and defeat your opponents in this game of cat and mouse. Expand
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  1. Feb 2, 2017
    70
    In terms of pure gameplay, there’s no question that Pokemon Duel is superior to Pokemon Go. The competitive nature of it also means it’ll be less faddish and more likely to get better with age. It’s simply too imperfect in its current form to be as fun as it could be, so if you want to dive into it while it goes through its growing pains, be prepared for more lulls than LOLs.
  2. Jan 29, 2017
    68
    Pokémon Duel is not a bad game and becomes fun. If it were not for the loading times it would be fun to go in from time to time and play a game with acquaintances or with artificial intelligence; However, we cannot overlook that it has errors in its system that make the experience even more frustrating.
  3. Games Master UK
    Apr 2, 2017
    68
    An intriguing but seriously flawed strategy board game for only the most patient of Poke-fans. [March 2017, p.80]
  4. Jan 30, 2017
    60
    Pokémon Duel is an odd game. It's a smart, strategic board game that also has questionable design choices, a reliance on in-app purchases and a battle system that relies too heavily on luck. It has the potential to be so much more, and it could fulfil that latent promise with future updates; despite its design issues it is oddly compelling and we found ourselves coming back to it as a result. It's a mixed bag, all told, and in the context of the grand nature of the Pokémon brand that's a disappointment - improvements are needed for it to stand tall within the franchise.
  5. Feb 2, 2017
    60
    When you're actively in a match of Pokémon Duel, it's a solidly strategic board game that effectively evokes Pokémon. Unfortunately, there's a boatload of garbage you have to sift through every time you want to get to this part of the game. In its current state, this trade-off is hardly worth it, but I can easily see an update or two cleaning up a lot of the rough edges to make Pokémon Duel not only more playable, but a pretty great experience in general.
  6. Feb 1, 2017
    60
    You need skill to win, but when someone can just spend as much money as they want on booster packs and leveling up their figures, skill may only be able to get you so far.
  7. NF Magazine
    Feb 19, 2017
    50
    Chance and strategy don't go together. [Issue #26 – March/April 2017, p.18]
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  1. Feb 10, 2017
    8
    THIS GAME IS NOT, IN ANY WAY, SIMILAR TO POKEMON GO OR THE TRADITIONAL HANDHELD POKEMON GAMES.

    This is a very good strategy board game that
    THIS GAME IS NOT, IN ANY WAY, SIMILAR TO POKEMON GO OR THE TRADITIONAL HANDHELD POKEMON GAMES.

    This is a very good strategy board game that has received a lot of poor reviews from people that don't understand it. Anyone who's criticism includes "there is too much luck involved", doesn't understand the game. Almost all turn-based battle games involve the same spin/RNG/dice roll mechanic -- they just don't SHOW it to you. I mean, what do think is happening in a game when you attack something and it results in a "Dodge" or "Miss"??? Besides, the real strategy in this game is focused on board positioning and control. In the majority of matches I play, less than 10% of turns actually result in a battle.

    If you enjoy chess or Go and similar strategy board games, then I would recommend checking this one out. If you only want to battle Pokemon, then please skip it and leave it those that actually understand what it is.
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  2. Oct 30, 2017
    8
    This is a pretty solid tactical board game, with a decent amount of intricacy. The FTP elements are not terribly chincy. If you want to getThis is a pretty solid tactical board game, with a decent amount of intricacy. The FTP elements are not terribly chincy. If you want to get the most out of it, learn how the various attacking mechanucs work, and never forget that the goal is to get a piece to the opponent's back center square.

    It is possible that rushing the opponent's goal is slightly too optimal. Having better pokemon can also be a big advantage. But decent ones are not too hard to get without spending a dime, and tactics routinely trumps power pokemon.

    The wheel spin is panned, but I think the issue is largely pyschological -- it does not undermine the strategy.
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  3. Feb 27, 2017
    7
    At its essence this game is trading card game mixed with strategic board game. You collect different pokemon figures and use your deck toAt its essence this game is trading card game mixed with strategic board game. You collect different pokemon figures and use your deck to battle other players by maneuvering your pieces around a board. The best players use board control and piece placements to win. The actual duel pits two pokemon pieces against each other with RNG spins. This comes down to mostly luck and who has the better pokemon. While you don't need to pay to win the game is heavy in micro transactions that will help you get better pokemon figures. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2017
    1
    Estrategia y suerte nunca pueden ir juntos.
    Básicamente si te consideras una persona con suerte, este es tu juego. No es un mal juego, para
    Estrategia y suerte nunca pueden ir juntos.
    Básicamente si te consideras una persona con suerte, este es tu juego. No es un mal juego, para nada, pero si eliminasen ese factor suerte casi por completo, el juego seria de 10, porque da igual lo bueno que seas, lo buenos pokemon que tengas, o lo mal que juegue el contrario, que gana SIEMPRE el que mas suerte tenga, y eso no es justo.
    Deberían renombrar a este juego como "La ruleta rusa duel"
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  5. Feb 11, 2017
    0
    Pokemon Duel, what a terrible game. I don't understand the Pokemon Company, they have access to one of the most beloved IPs on the planet andPokemon Duel, what a terrible game. I don't understand the Pokemon Company, they have access to one of the most beloved IPs on the planet and it seems like they are constantly putting out crappy mobile games.

    While the name of the game and even the screen shots may lead many to believe this is actually a Pokemon arena style game, that's not even remotely true - It's a mobile port of their board game that involves collecting figures and spinning arrows.

    The mechanics to this game are incredibly shallow, from how the game itself plays, to how the pokemon are presented, to the fact you cannot even chose your own attacks, the entire premise of the game is using a spinner.

    The Pokemon Company would have spent better time on making a Pokemon Arena port than this pile of festing garbage. For what it's worth, the mini figure graphics are rendered beautifully, but that's about the only positive aspect of this game, it's like a half assed gacha game with zero actual gameplay.
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