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  • Summary: Get ready for a whole new take on Pokémon battles as you team up with famous Trainers from throughout the history of Pokémon in Pokémon Masters. This mobile game is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company and DeNA Co., Ltd., and it gives longtime fans an opportunity to reunite with GymGet ready for a whole new take on Pokémon battles as you team up with famous Trainers from throughout the history of Pokémon in Pokémon Masters. This mobile game is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company and DeNA Co., Ltd., and it gives longtime fans an opportunity to reunite with Gym Leaders and Champions from previous Pokémon video games for an all-new adventure. Welcome to Pasio! Pokémon Masters takes place on the artificial island of Pasio. On Pasio, Pokémon and their Trainerscalled sync pairsshare a special bond. Many famous Trainers from every region featured so far in the Pokémon video games have gathered on Pasio along with their partner Pokémon and formed their own sync pairs. You are the main character in Pokémon Masters, and you'll embark on an exciting adventure with a Pokémon partner of your own. Along the way, you'll meet various Trainers, make new friends, and work together with them as you advance through the story. Once you've made friends with other sync pairs, you can form a team that's all your own and aim to become the champion of the Pokémon Masters League tournament being held on Pasio.

    Team Up with Famous Trainers

    Meeting and working together with formidable Trainers from other regions is a core aspect of Pokémon Masters, and it brings an interesting twist to the game's story. Some of the sync pairs you'll encounter on Pasio include the legendary Pokémon Trainer Red and his Charizard, the powerhouse Trainer (and grandson of the famous Professor Oak) Blue and his Pidgeot, and Cynthia, the Champion of Sinnoh, along with her Garchomp.

    Three-on-Three Pokémon Battles

    Once you've joined forces with other sync pairs, you'll get to engage in Pokémon battles! The battles in Pokémon Masters are 3-on-3 matches that play out in real time. You can unleash powerful attacks one after the next as your move gauge refills over time. What's more, in Pokémon Masters battles, players can direct Pokémon to unleash attacks as usual, but Trainers can use their own moves and healing items in battle for the very first time. A Trainer's move can increase a Pokémon's stats or have other effects. With multiple sync pairs squaring off at once, you'll have to develop all-new strategies if you hope to come out on top.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. NF Magazine
    Apr 29, 2020
    75
    More of a free-friendly mobile game than its predecessors in the Nintendo-aligned app space. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 28SW]
  2. Sep 2, 2019
    75
    Pokémon Masters is different enough from Pokémon Go to warrant a download from all those who love Pokémon.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    72
    While not giving back the sense of adventure and the unbridled collecting of the games that make up the main series of Game Freak, Pokémon Masters can represent an excellent pastime for those who are never satisfied with struggles between Pocket Monsters: production can indeed entertain with a story long-lived and a fair amount of content.
  4. Aug 30, 2019
    70
    If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll get a kick out of seeing your favourite Pokémon and trainers in such stunning detail. The writing is also a joy, providing a genuinely engaging story that we didn’t feel the need to skip. Core Pokémon RPG fans will find the battle system too easy, with little challenge. Heck, even gacha RPG fans might find the poor AI baffling, as their Pokémon don’t use the elemental strengths to their advantage often.
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    70
    Pokémon Masters is not a bad gacha game, it is only a gacha game like hundreds of others. Addictive, boring, sometimes a little bit fun.
  6. Sep 1, 2019
    70
    Pokémon Masters is a solid mobile release, and perhaps one of the most well-realised Pokémon mobile titles to date – especially in terms of presentation Sadly, the lack of any competitive element and little to do other than grind between events and story addition mean that it’s not entirely clear if the game will have the staying power required to keep people interested beyond the first few months. Still, the potential for character crossover in this game is unparalleled, and hopefully, it won't be squandered.
  7. Sep 13, 2019
    40
    Despite graphical sparkle, the lack of depth and vapid gacha mechanics rob the game of both charm and longevity, leaving the long slog only to those obsessed with completing their trainer roster despite the crushing tedium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    This is a good mobile Gacha game, it does its thing right the gacha is compensating, I see Everyone saying that it's trash but it very easy toThis is a good mobile Gacha game, it does its thing right the gacha is compensating, I see Everyone saying that it's trash but it very easy to see that Pokemon Masters is their first gacha and doesn't know how the genre works, overall pretty good game. Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2019
    10
    Incredible Game! It have such a good story and It would be appreciated by Pokemon Fans that play their games or watch the anime!
  3. Sep 11, 2019
    7
    An amazing game full of amazing characters from past Pokemon games. Even the combat is good. But the gacha part of this game is horrible. TheAn amazing game full of amazing characters from past Pokemon games. Even the combat is good. But the gacha part of this game is horrible. The Pokemon Company and DENA are so greedy. Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2019
    4
    Nice graphics and story. But boring gameplay... maybe good for young kids.

    I only got a few hours in then couldn't go on any longer.
  5. Jun 12, 2020
    2
    I suppose anyone who already played this kind of game (gacha) might've enjoyed the initial generous drop ratings for certain items and units,I suppose anyone who already played this kind of game (gacha) might've enjoyed the initial generous drop ratings for certain items and units, but honestly the game was always so barren of any content it barely would make a difference for your enjoyment of the game.
    The gameplay always felt so repetitive and dull in the easy parts (most of it mostly left to the auto button), while the hardest parts of the game were just boring grinding the same endurance tests of your units over and over again. Even worse when it was coop required, with close to zero communication capabilities available in online gameplays. You can't write to your allies, you can't talk to your allies, you can only send images with short action texts like "Defend" or "Attack".
    Speaking of fights, the Enemies are pretty much HP sponges. Difficulty in this game is dictated by how much damage you can dish against those HP sponges. If you have heavy hitters like Red, then you don't even need to worry about weaknesses or any sort of strategy at all. That's how unbalanced this game is.
    I mentioned repetitive content, by the way. Unfortunately, that's every single mode of this game in a nutshell. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
    To fix this problem, DeNA is doing only one change: implement a stamina bar to limit the amount of times you can play certain modes. I need say no more.

    By now you probably already understand this game is pretty bad as far as gameplay goes, but maybe you might say: I'm playing for the characters, not the gameplay! (I would know, I thought that way once)
    If you're playing for the characters, then I have bad news for you: characterization in this game ranges from terrible to nonexistent for the most part. They either just drop some lore facts for certain characters without anything particuraly new, give them generic ultrafriendly personalities or allow limited interactions between them if any at all. Most characters only get one special event related to them in their "A Day With..." segment, while others might get evolution events where they face short battles against some other trainer for bland reasons.

    Maybe now you will say: but I play the game for the Pokémon! Not only are the Pokémon in this game more simplified mechanically-wise than the original games, but quite often most are inviable to play with outside of a select few. If you have favorites that aren't one of the mons given focus by this game, then get ready to forget them if you want to be able to win fights and advance in the gameplay modes like Battle Villa. Most mons will be useless even if you up your mons to the max level, activate their grids (when they have grids!) and get all the items(gears and cookies) to upgrade them.
    As far as interacting with your Pokémon, I'm afraid to say there is close to nothing for that. Pokémon are pretty much lifeless in this game, as the focus is (supposedly) on the trainers who barely get any content themselves.

    I finally woke up after close to one year waiting for actual content and meaningful changes. I finally realized this game's main problem is DeNA itself. By a mix of bad decisions and sheer incompetence, they managed to disappoint and degrade the potential of what could've been a game capable of rivaling even juggernauts like GO.. The potential was there, but DeNA made all the wrong choices with their game events and gameplay design. Now Masters is effectively forgotten by more than 90% of its initial playerbase. It is not the worst game ever even if my score might make you think that way, but truth be told: as a Pokémon gacha, it should be doing far better than this. One of the most valuable franchises in the world cannot possibly have a charmless mess like Masters as its gacha.

    My recommendation to anyone who might've finished reading this or just want me to go straight to the point: go play another game and keep waiting for the day a good Pokémon gacha will be made, because it is yet to happen.
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  6. Jul 3, 2020
    0
    The game is incompatible with most new Android devices that you can't even download the game to play. And the worst part, the developers ofThe game is incompatible with most new Android devices that you can't even download the game to play. And the worst part, the developers of this game at DeNA Co. would blame your device for the games incompatibility issue. The game is also utter rubbish and craps on Pokemon fans and is just a generic gacha game (another name for microtransactions-based games) with Pokemon skin that preys on rich kids to spend money! Never spend money on this game, it will literally gobble and eat up your money and give you some of the most abysmal gacha rates that you will ever see in gaming history! Sad that the Pokemon Company keeps ruining their reputation by releasing more and more lackluster and downward quality game apps like this garbage! If you like the Pokemon franchise, don't play this! You will start to hate Pokemon and the greedy Pokemon company that runs the business! If Pokemon Unite is bad, this is far worse! The developers couldn't even be bothered to fix the game's incompatibility issue with new Android phones using 32-bit OS like the Samsung Galaxy A10. And if you try to flash your phone with a 64-bit OS, they will block your phone out as it is considered a rooted device! The game also does not work on 64-bit OS emulators because DeNA Co. wants to make sure only real rich people with physical high-end phones can play the game because they only want to milk the rich people. Others are considered poor commoners! What a garbage game from incompetent developers like DeNA Co. that even fan-made Pokemon games are better! The people giving good reviews for this game are rich Whales who spent tons of money on this broken game so of course they enjoy it! This game is a Pay-To-Win game and absolutely not free to play! The game is predatory in it's approaches in getting people to spend real-money in the game and rewarding them with trash 1-star Sync pairs! No skills required, just money in order to win! Pure rubbish game! Take my word for it! Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2020
    0
    I have a Samsung Galaxy A10, and i can't play the game. Im very raged for this!

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