Pokémon Duel is a new strategy battle game released surprisingly this week on mobile devices. The app is available for download for free from both the App Store and Google Play. The game features using strategically placed Pokémon to reach a goal within the enemy’s territory.
Players will be able to select a team of 6 Pokémon to use in battle. Each of them will have their own moves and abilities, as well as a number of steps they can take. There are a number of routes available to block and defend your base while using others to attack the enemy’s positions. When two opposing Pokémon meet along a route they will engage in battle. Players then spin the attack disc and their pokemon will use whichever move appears.
During a turn, players can use a “plate” in order to buff their team or switch Pokémon positions on the board. Doing so can be instrumental in getting to your opponents goal first.
Online league matches will pair player across the globe based on skill rating and rank. Winning these matches will reward the player with boosters, new Pokémon and also increase their rank, earning them chances at better Pokémon drops.
Additional plates and boosters can be purchased from the in-game store for extra advantages in battle. The in-game currency, “gems”, can be earned from daily bonuses and by clearing missions. However you can also purchase quantities of gems through the store using cold hard cash, as expected.
The extent of the available pokédex is yet to be divulged, however it’s safe to assume that the first 151 Pokémon will be available with further updates coming.