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It's nice to have a new Pokemon game on mobile that isn't of the GO variety and, while it lacks any real depth, Pokemon Quest is a decent game for when you don't really want to think.
It's cute, pleasant to play, and will make old-school Pokemon fans happy with its showcasing of Pokemon from the Red/Blue generation. Is it an incredible experience? No, not by a long shot. Is it fun? A little, in its own way.
I choose you
Pokemon Quest is an idle RPG where you mosey around Tumblecube Island in search of all sorts of goodies, ingredients, and stones.
You pick your first Pokemon, between the usual starting Pokemon plus Eevee and Pikachu, and fight your way through the first section of the world. After a bit, you're encouraged to cook food which lures in another couple of Pokemon pals for you, extending your team to three.
While you can speed cooking up with in-game currency, you only have to complete stages to finish things. This is a nice change from the usual timer-based countdown and gives you something to do other than wait.
The fights are short and sweet and you can choose whether to have a more hands-on approach or whether to stick it on auto and watch the events unfold. While the auto mode is relatively successful, it doesn't quite hold up to your own skills in manual combat. Well, as manual as clicking one or two buttons can be.
The levels play out in waves and end in a boss-style fight. Then, once you get to the end of each world you've got a bigger, badder boss to take out.
Each of your Pokemon have specific attacks with cooldown periods, so you must use them strategically. More damage will also be dealt depending on the wild Pokemon's weaknesses. It's wise to get a good balance in your team and to improve their stats as soon as possible.
If your Pokemon are defeated in battle they'll return to their Pokeballs for a brief period while the others continue fighting. This gives them time to replenish a little bit of health, but not all of it.
Not you though
The difficulty curve isn't one to snuff at. What starts off as a laughably easy affair quickly becomes trickier when you've cleared the first land. The only thing you can do it try, try again and spend tickets if you don't want to lose the things you've picked up during a fight.
Whether you're good at tapping buttons or not it doesn't matter in the long run. The core principle of the game is levelling up your Pokemon which can be done by clearing the game's stages, using power-ups, and by Training.
For players deeply interested in building up your team to be the best and brightest in the land, you'll find a lot to like here. Even if you're not too experienced with RPGs the controls are super simple and its menus are easy to navigate.
It's also nice to see a free to play game not pressuring you off the bat to spend your hard-earned cash.
Even so, after a while the experience grows tired as you're essentially watching little bloops of colour pottering about the screen. It's charming, but not something you want to play for hours on end