Review by Genevieve Tremblay
In the fictional town of Springdale, a dark and mysterious force lurks in the shadows. Little creatures called Yo-Kai, invisible to the human eye, Wander around the town messing people’s hair, ruining their day, and generally be a nuisance. They are the physical embodiments of everyday problems. The town’s people, unable to see the Yo-Kai under their cars and vending machines, live their days being pestered by the bothersome Yo-Kai.
It’s supposed to be a normal summer vacation, collecting bugs for a school project, attending the summer festival, hanging out with friends. However things never turn out the way you planned. One day, while you are out catching bugs, you discovers a loud-mouthed Yo-Kai living in the Crank-a kai behind the temple. The yo-kai, Whisper, then gives you a watch that can sense and see Yo-Kai. All the creatures invisible to the human eye before can now be seen through your magical watch. Delve into the amazing adventure YO–KAI WATCH has to offer, as you befriend and fight Yo-Kai to protect your town.
YO–KAI WATCH, where do I begin. I loved this game. From the plot to the characters to the design, I fell in love with YO–KAI WATCH. Something I appreciate in any game is the ability to choose your gender. I mean, if it’s a good game then it’s a good game, but there’s something about being able to play as your gender that makes the game more enjoyable.
I particularly enjoyed the characters and how they grew as the game progressed. I became really attached to the characters and the Yo-Kai I used in battle had a charm to it that made the game incredibly enjoyable. Even though my Yo-Kai annoyed me sometimes while they were loafing, I still used them in battle. They each had their own unique design and charm.
YO–KAI WATCH made me feel many things. Frustration, anger, sadness, joy and even terror. Without revealing too much, I’ll mention what is absolutely terrifying about this game. When walking around town, on occasion you’ll see in the corner of your screen a malicious face on your watch as it counts down from three. This is a phenomenon called, and justly so, “Terror Time”. Your goal is to sneak past the oni, small gremlin-like Yo-Kai, and get to the one exit before the map is too covered with them for you to move. If you are lucky, you may stumble upon one of four chests that contain special prizes. Be warned, if you’re caught, you loose all the items you gained and are attacked by Terror Time’s boss. Tips on how to survive: don’t be greedy, don’t be slow, just get to the exit as fast as you can!
Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I would certainly recommend this game to everyone. It is a game that I believe anyone can come to love as much as I do.
Now for Mom’s point of view.
My daughter devoured this game. She spent an entire weekend exploring and enjoying this game. She’d come to the table and all she could talk about was the Yo-Kai characters and game play. As far as games go I would call this one a hit. YO–KAI WATCH is rated for everyone 10+.
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Disclosure – A sample was provided to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.