What is it about?

In Pokemon Conquest, you are a warlord who forms links with Pokemon throughout the land of Ransei, dominating kingdoms in an effort to unite the land. Instead of being the turn-based RPG the Pokemon series is known for, Conquest is actually the strategy game Nobunaga’s Ambition with Pokemon added in.

What makes it fun?

The familiarity of the Pokemon characters mixed with the tried-and-true formula of turn-based strategy provides a unique experience that had me hooked from the beginning. Forming links with Pokemon and trying to anticipate your enemy’s moves are what keeps this game interesting and gives it lasting replay value.

Why should you play it?

The game can be played in long and short bursts and has tremendous replay value, although it doesn’t add anything new to the genre. Pokemon Conquest is great for older kids and adults alike, also making this a perfect access point for those who have wanted to give turn-based strategy a shot.

Score: 3.5/5

Pokemon Conquest is available at retail for the Nintendo DS for $39.99.


The Ode to Joystick Score:

  • 5 – This is definitely a game you should play
  • 4 – Highly recommended, particularly for fans of the genre
  • 3  – You might like this game, but there are some problems that hamper the experience
  • 2 – Not recommended. Only worth your time and effort if you really like the genre
  • 1 – Don’t play this game

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