With the power of your Yo-Kai Watch you can see the mischievous spirits called Yo-Kai. All of these spirits have different powers and affect humans in different ways. You will be sent on a mission to try to collect them all and defeat all the wild Yo-Kai that might stand in your way. This is a free to play puzzle RPG game in which you will be working with a party of Yo-Kai to try to conquer one spot after another. You will have to be careful however because you only get a limited amount of energy to work with at a time.
I'm going to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when it came to this game. I knew that there is a TV show tie-in, and that it sounded like Pokemon. Well here's the deal, after playing a good chunk of the game and then watching the show, I'm not seeing any connection past the main character and the Yo-Kai. In the show the Yo-Kai are used to solve a problem, or correct an issue. In the game the Yo-Kai are used to kill or perhaps just incapacitate opponents. I don't get the fighting vibe from the show.
As I stated previously this is a puzzle based game. The Yo-Kai you have in your active party will end up affecting the bubbles or orbs that you see in the playing field. You are going to want to draw, with your finger, a line to connect all of the same types to create bigger orbs and then tap them to make them break causing damage to your opponents as well as filling up that specific Yo-Kai's special meter.
Here's the problem you have to time it just right to draw those lines, if you put your finger too quickly on the screen you don't get to draw a line and you end up just popping that one small orb. There are other times where you draw a line and then lift your finger up to discover that the game has just ignore your input and you will have to do it again. Now I know that there will be those out there who don't like the fact that these orbs are in a circle playing area so they do roll and bob around, that to me wasn't that big of an issue.
Graphically this game looks amazing, it is right on par with the show. The Yo-Kai all have a very distinctive look. I like the animations that are associated with the different specials that are performed. The game map looks good, it has differing terrain, locations, and they are all reflected in the background of the battles.
I think that this game has missed the mark, not by much, but there's just something that is off about it. First there's the fact that you have 5 energy to work with, each battle will cost you one, win or lose. I think that's one of the things that bothers me. Here is a game in which you are going to want to grind, especially when you get new Yo-Kai so you can advance the game, but there's no way that you're going to be able to grind properly if you are costing yourself valuable energy to continue the actual progression of the game. I would have loved to have seen energy be deducted after a failed level, the reason is that I have failed MANY levels either by not being fast enough with the matches, or I just tried to go up against enemies too strong for me to take on.
In the end I feel like this is just a dirty way to expand the franchise, there's no real story, the soul of the show is completely missed by the game, and I think that if you are a die-hard fan you might like the fact that there are other ways to see Yo-Kais, but I think ultimately you're going to want to gain Yo-Kai and interact with them like they do with the show. Even though this game is Free to Play I think you should probably pass this one up, unless you really just HAVE to play it. This game gets a 5.9 out of 10.