Pokémon Rumble Blast - First Impressions

posted 25 Oct 2011, 06:27 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 25 Oct 2011, 06:28 ]
25th October 2011; By Billy
It was quite a surprise to see this title amongst the 3DS stuff at Eurogamer, mostly because it had slipped my notice that this game even
existed. I remember playing the WiiWare demo of Pokémon Rumble and thinking to myself "I'd like to buy the full thing one day." I still haven't got round to doing that. As far as I'm aware, though, the action on the 3DS version is pretty similar to the original.

    For those unfamiliar with Rumble, the unique feature about this game is that instead of collecting Pokémon to fight for you, you actually play as the Pokémon themselves. The game uses a combination of RPG and action elements as you teleport to and make your way through different level stages, defeating all Pokémon you meet along your way. 

    This is done by making use of each creature's different abilities. So, if you were Pikachu, you'd be able to channel your electric prowess and zap your opponents, watching their health bar slide down until they've been successfully defeated. If you are killed in action, low on health, or you just feel like making use of a different set of powers, you can always change to one of the other 'mon that you've managed to capture along your journey, allowing your creatures to level up as they defeat more and more enemies on the move.

    Pokémon Rumble Blast also features some multiplayer options for co-op experiences, but sadly I didn't get a chance to try these out. Overall, the game plays pretty well, and those who enjoyed the original Rumble should be sure to check it out. Thanks to the 3DS' current, somewhat undersaturated lineup, this game should prove to be a nice, new experience for Pokéfans and non-Pokéfans alike. Stay tuned for Patrick's full review of Pokémon Rumble Blast.