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Pokemon Trading Card Game

 

 

SCORE: 74

 

Pokemon Trading Card Game 

 

Pokemon have been a controversial topic in the past. There are aspects of the video games that parents are not fond of. Family Friendly Gaming has been fair and balanced in our approach to Pokemon. The fanboys are not always happy with us, but that does not influence our discernment. My own sons play the Pokemon Trading Card Game, and they play it with their friends. I have played with them and learned a bit about this game. Card games can really stimulate imagination, and we have seen a few over the years. One of the cool things about a card game is you can play it many different ways.

The Arceus Collector's Tin version of Pokemon Trading Card Game (editor: which is what we are reviewing) contains four Pokemon TCG packs, a specially selected foil Arceus LV.X card, and a window in the top to see previously mentioned card. The card packages have some good cards, and some lower value cards. That is okay because Pokemon Trading Card Game is all about strategy. Kids build their decks, and go battling.

The artwork on the tin is fantastic. I love the use of colors, and how animated the Pokemon looks. The artwork on the card packs range. Some of the Pokemon look almost realistic. Others have a softer cartoon look to them. They are in various poses that the kids will enjoy. At times children will even argue over who deserves which Pokemon. You thought my job was all fun and games didn't you?

I am very familiar with the sounds that correspond to Pokemon. So much so that I will enjoy a nice little Poke-break from it very soon. All kidding aside, there is a lot to learn about elements in a complex rock, paper, scissors concept with Pokemon. There are fossil cards, cards that reference evolution, and various kinds of attacks. If you are familiar with the cartoon and/or video games you will have a head start with Pokemon Trading Card Game.

I will be honest, I have no idea how many different cards there are in Pokemon Trading Card Game. I have seen a lot of them in recent years and very few duplicates. Kids have a blast playing this game, and can play for hours. Adults can also get into Pokemon Trading Card Game, and have just as much fun. Pokemon Trading Card Game is one of those games where you can trade cards as well as play with them.

There is a certain complexity to this card game. I had a seven year old explain how to play the game. The tin does not include instructions. So you will need to already have that, or pick it up in another package. Once you learn how to play Pokemon Trading Card Game, a wide universe of possibilities is opened up.

I like the card game way more than I do many of the video games. I know that may be offensive to some, but I do not mean it to be offensive. Pokemon Trading Card Game has a lot of life left in it. I am guessing that a lot of families will be using packs of Pokemon Trading Card Game as stocking stuffers for Christmas.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 76%
Sound: 64%
Replay/Extras: 81%
Gameplay: 74%
Family Friendly Factor: 76%
System: Card Game
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 'NR' for Not Rated

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