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Anyone who has read my Pokemon reviews, knows that I am a big fan of the franchise. I always try to critique the many areas in which I feel need improving.
Now in the case of my Pokemon Go review, I outlined that their wasn’t enough compelling qualities that could be related to the handheld games; such as a better battling, trading or PVP system. The quality of the once trending app had improved drastically since its launch in mid-2016 but it wasn’t enough to keep me and many other players invested.
To cut a long story short I received a message from a user who had read my review, they recommended that I should check out a fan-made game called ‘Pokemon World Online’ (PWO)…
So I did and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much at all. However, after playing for around 10 hours I can tell you guy’s this.
Dreams Really Do Come True – Features
Pokemon World Online is a FREE-TO-PLAY MMO, which has been in production since 2008 by fans of the series.
In this surprisingly well-made game (still in development) you’ll be able to put on your running shoes and explore the Johto and Kanto regions with all your friends in REAL TIME.
Gone are the day’s of having to load and save your game just to battle or trade with friends and strangers. In PWO you can do all this simultaneously and more, such as:
Gym Battles – just like the original games in the official series, their are 8 gym leaders to defeat and 8 badges to obtain. The bonus here is you can train and battle other players and AI with your friends, to level up your Pokemon prior to taking on gym leaders. Hopefully your friend doesn’t become a ‘Gary’…
Above Video: Meet Gary Oak.
Locations – The Johto and Kanto regions are just the beginning. Once you become champion of one region, you’ll be able to explore and become champion of the next. The developers are still adding and working on new regions too, so we can look forward to that!
Challenges & Events – There is also timed events and challenges, which allow players to capture and obtain rare Pokemon from new temporarily unlocked locations.
Plenty Of Pokemon – Currently their is over 300 Pokemon to capture in PWO. These include both regions.
Social Aspect – Everything is set out like an MMORPG so you’ll be able to talk to other users in your area, region or game. (depending on the chat channel selected).
Trading & Battling – Trading is done through an auction house or directly with another player. This works the same as any other game, and you’ll be able to trade certain Pokemon with other players. Battling can be done against AI or humans. There is also a battle tree which is ranked, allowing players to get to the top of leaderboards.
Quests – can be either side or main, and involve story aspects to help you progress. (Please note: that they are still adding constant updates).
Nostalgic Throwback – Graphics And Sound
Everything from the Pokemon sounds, to the rustling of grass and look of the game reminds me of the Gameboy Color and Advance.
Graphically it looks like a game made for the Gameboy Advance but in terms of sound, it gives that real vintage sound that reminds me of the original games.
If you were hoping for something graphically spectacular, then this is perhaps not the game you are looking for.
Any PC with an internet connection will be able to download and play this game in a matter of minutes, and that’s the beauty of it.
Above Video: Pokemon World Online Trailer. (Fan-Made)
Stationary Pokemon – Mechanics
The game is quite small, so you won’t run into many FPS drops.
Controls are simple to use and their is a tutorial at the start of the game. It shows players how to access and manage their inventory/Pokemon, as well as how to control their character.
If you are used to a keyboard, then you should be fine learning its intricacies.
There are a few bugs, such as other players glitching when they move but keep in mind that this is only in beta and will most likely be fixed in the near future.
Battling is similar to older games and Pokemon animations don’t move much at all. So if you were expecting something equal to Pokemon Sun or Moon, then you’ll be let down. (still better than Pokemon Go though).
The main thing though is that its free and playable.
Above Video: PWO Battling (2014).
Give It A Try
I believe that anyone who has been searching for a Pokemon game to play online with their friends, should check this one out because their is definitely something their to be enjoyed by all fans of the series.
If you’d like to read more or want to download the game you can do so at their official website.
Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any further questions.
Have a great day guy’s and take care!