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WATCH: New digital Pokemon board game now available for smartphones

/ 04:12 PM January 26, 2017

Despite a recent surge in popularity in South Korea, the Pokémon Go mania has completely died down in other parts of the globe.

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Luckily for those who are still looking to get their daily dose of Pokémon fix through their smartphones, there’s a new alternative—in the form of the strategic digital board game Pokémon Duel.

The free to play wonder, which is available on both iOS and Android, was launched on Wednesday through a 45-second clip that introduced its unique style of gameplay.

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Unlike its augmented-reality predecessor, the game features a more complex play style, where a player must get their pieces onto the opponent’s side of the board.

Much like the popular RPG (role playing game) series, players command six Pokémon on their party, which they could build and customize according to their liking.

Each corresponding Pokémon has its own classifications which may be strong or weak against certain types, hence making each move a strategic back-and-forth to reach the goal, according to The Verge.

The game even features a spinning wheel with a variety of moves on it—which randomly determines what type of attack your Pokémon will perform. If one player’s move thwarts the other, their Pokémon gets knocked off the board.

Even more enticing is its online mode, which allows players to battle anyone around the world.

Although the game is free-to-play for those interested, a wide array of in-app purchases can be made to beef up these digital pocket monsters, or to progress in the game on a faster rate.

Most of these booster packs require gems which can be earned in-game or be bought with real cash. Khristian Ibarrola

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TOPICS: Android, digital board game, iOS, Pokemon, Pokémon Duel, smartphones, strategic game
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