Yokai Watch 2 is a game that I wasn’t expecting, a game that I honestly thought was going to be a clone of Pokemon. I never got a chance to play the 1st game in the series but I’m so so glad that I gave the sequel an opportunity. This game look, plays and sounds like a dream. Bright and quirky, smooth with an element of strategy and with a delightful blend of modern and boppy tunes that help along a game that has been so excellently crafted.
For this sequel, developer Level-5, have adopted a familiar approach and released two flavours of the game, Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Both games are identical but there are some yo-kai you can catch in one and not the other. And that’s about where the similarity to Pokemon ends.
The story revolves around the main character you play, waking up one day and having no memories of the events of the first game or that yo-kai even exist. It doesn’t take long however for the action to kick in and things resume with you along your new adventure. You’re able to see these ghostly yo-kai using a handy wristwatch which ends up doubling as a handy aid in the game as many add ons become available to you along the way. The game essentially consists of having different tasks or mini quests to complete and along the way you meet, fight and occasionally befriend the titular yo-kai which are scattered throughout the map. The yo-kai are extremely varied in appearance, personality and temperament. You can often thrown a candy to one during a battle and they’ll stop the fight and ask to be your friend.
Speaking of battles, I wasn’t expecting a battle system like this and it took me a little while to get my head around it. Effectively when you battle, you don’t have any control over the moves that the yo-kai do with the exception of the powered up super moves, healing your yo-kai and removing other abnormal statuses. The super moves are quite fun and really well animated but then again, that’s one of this game’s huge strong points: the animation.
It’s a game that looks so beautiful and better than a lot of the other games on the 3DS. Really vibrant visuals with lush colours and an extremely high level of detail for handheld graphics. I would easily say it’s one of the better looking games on the 3DS but let’s not forget that it comes from Level-5, these guys are absolute masters in what they do.
This is one game that I can’t recommend highly enough, I was telling friends about this game within 30 minutes of playing it, it hooked me that bad. Another stellar game from Level-5!
Final score: 9/10