Pokemon Masters Review (Soft Launch)

Pokemon Masters is out—kinda. There’s a limited soft-launch in Singapore and soon™ Canada, but eager superfans are already playing in other territories via VPNs and the usual tricks. Here you’ll find my evaluation of the game in its current, early state as I’ve completed all the content currently on offer and talked the game over with many other direly impatient Pokemon fans. My efforts to keep things simple has failed—so be ready for a fairly complete look at what the game is like today!

If you wish to play the game or just read up on how it all works in detail, I also have a Pokemon Masters guide on this here site or you can pop in our Discord server to chat about the game!

What Is Pokemon Masters?

Pokemon Masters is perhaps a Gachapon Mobage-style mobile game first, and a Pokemon game second. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but rather I mean that this game was clearly designed to reinforce its goal of being an accessible, stand-alone mobile title before all else. A few tried-and-true Pokemon design choices and rules have been left behind in this process—which occasionally makes things a little confusing for long-time players.

Instead of catching Pokemon, this time around you’re “scouting” for Sync Pairs; a Trainer and Pokemon pair that you actually use to battle. All battles are 3v3 in Pokemon Masters, so you can choose 3 trainers and their Pokemon . Sync Pairs aren’t like normal Pokemon ; not all unevolved Pokemon can evolve to their final form, and Types are tied more to Trainer than they are to the Pokemon; most dual type Pokemon are single type, all pokemon only have a single weakness, and resistances and immunities don’t generally exist.

janine & Ariados pokemon masters
Yep, it’s Gachapon

Pokemons’ Stat growth and Base Power for Moves are also freely re-balanced, moves are tied to a Sync Pair and can’t be changed. There’s no IVs (thank Arceus) or EVs, level 100 is level 100. It’s a drastic overhaul but mostly results in a smoother, simpler experience still largely recognizable as Pokemon. It also offers a balance setup more similar to the usual mobile gachapon-fests; a Treecko can be stronger than a Serperior because they say so, that’s why.

There’s no PVP (possibly a blessing due to power creep and other pay to win nonsense common to these games), but there is co-op play unlocked after beating most of the main story.

3v3? Yeah, You Know Me

pokemon masters combat
Ingame battle

The best thing about the game is definitely the battle format. It’s close to a mix of Rotation and Triple Battles from the main series, but all Pokemon can be hit and target other Pokemon at once; nothing only targets “adjacent” creatures. Pokemon’s moves  charge in “real time” but attacks are still cued up for an almost-turn-based battle closer to Final Fantasy’s famous ATB system.

The 3 Pokemon simultaneous match up offers strategic possibilities beyond the usual on-on-one fights, without the more time intensive complications of a full team 6 versus 6 one-at-a-time style of traditional Pokemon . And more importantly, many new “Trainer Moves” were added to the game with the 3v3 format in mind, adding many buffs that hit the whole party. Skills like this are pretty rare in the mainline games.

As a long-time Pokemon fan it does bother me just how much the AI cheats though; in the mainline games you’re always fighting “real” Pokemon that you could have on your own team right down to the moves and stats. In Pokemon Masters however, enemy Sync Pairs have extremely overpowered Sync Moves (but charge them much more slowly than you usually do) that hit the whole team and often include a Haze effect to remove your buffs. It’s something that would be fun for raid bosses, but feels excessive and cheap in regular battles. It really reduces the feeling of fair competition that’s very big in Pokemon, both in gameplay and story.

All in all I really enjoy the new format, and I really hope Pokemon Sword and Shield will offer a variation of it for play. Addition of online co-op battles to Pokemon is also very welcome. I’ve often wished I could play Battle Tree etc. in Co-op, but only local play has been offered so far, and the peak of having local friends with the latest Pokemon release was grade school for me.

Little Story, Lots of Personality

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Pokemon Masters Guide, Strategy & All Sync Pairs List

Pokemon Masters is a new mobile Pokemon gashapon RPG, coming out soon for iOS and Android! The game is in a regional test soon, then releasing August 29th (probably). In this Pokemon Masters Guide you’ll find strategy, gameplay, and Sync Pair information, as well as common questions about the game.

This guide is a Work in Progress as Pokemon Masters just came out in regional test. I’ll be adding to it a lot in the coming days! Feel free to ask questions or contribute information in the comments, discus the game in our Discord server, or add to our Sync Pair Spreadsheet!

Pokemon Masters Game Info

Title: Pokemon Masters
Platform: Android, iOS 
Language: English, Japanese
Release date: 2019-08-29 (estimated)
Developer: DeNA Co. Ltd.
Publisher: Pokemon Company
Price: F2P with microtransactions and gachapon
File Size: 1.33 GB fully installed
Genre: 3v3 Gachapon real-time RPG

Updates

Pokemon Masters FAQ

Where Are Gym Leader Notes?

Fight Hard mode of any Co-Op story mode, after Chapter 11. Yes, Very Hard Supercourses drop them too, but they’re vastly harder and ideally require level 90+ pokemon.

How Do I Get Star Power Ups

Star Power Ups are the items that raise a character from 3* to 5* etc. But they’re effectively not in the game at least for now. You can only get them by pulling 6+ of the same unit from the gachapon, a feat that would cost several hundred dollars bare minimum, probably over $1000 total.

Hopefully they’ll be event items eventually, they effectively do not exist at present.

How do I complete “Getting Stronger With Gear”?

You don’t; the mission isn’t out yet. It’s surely an upcoming feature. The Very Hard levels of Co-Op play just aren’t available yet.

Why Am I so Weak!

If you’re neglecting Training Courses you’re going to be extremely underleveled and behind on Move/Level Cap items. They’re your ticket to grinding.

Is It Out Yet?

Not yet! It’s being tested starting July 25th in Singapore and Canada as part of a limited regional test before the Worldwide launch. We’re not sure how “limited” the regional test is—often, the regional test is just the full game.

What is Pokemon Masters’ Release Date?

August 29th is expected to be the worldwide release date. You can pre-register on iOS or Android to get a notification on the day it comes out worldwide.

How Does Pokemon Masters play?

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Muse Dash Guide: Anime Rhythm Game for Switch, PC & Mobile

Muse Dash just launched on Nintendo Switch and Steam! It’s a surprisingly great Rhythm game (that even I can enjoy!) so I thought I’d share some useful information about the game in a guide! As always, feel free to comment below to add any tips, ask any questions, or just share what you think of the game!

Note of course this is a rhythm game and doing well mostly depends on your own skill. I can’t really give hands-on rhythm tutorials, so this focuses mostly on the objective informational side of the game.

I’m streaming Muse Dash tonight!

https://www.twitch.tv/sirtaptap

Muse Dash Game Info

Title: Muse Dash
Platform: iOS, Android, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch
Language: Japanese/English
Release date: 2018-06-15 (Mobile), 2019-06-20 (PC/console)
Developer: Pero Pero Games
Price: $1 (iOS), $1.50 (Android) $3 (Steam), $30 (Nintendo Switch, all DLC included)
Season Pass DLC price: $30  (Steam), $21 (mobile)
File Size: ~600MB
Genre: Music/Rhythm Game

Muse Dash Version Differences

The versions of Muse Dash are slightly different, most notably the Mobile versions are a bit different from the PC and Switch versions.

  • Mobile versions have an option to manually trigger Fever. Oddly, the Switch version lacks this for now.
  • Switch version has separate Leaderboards
  • DLC varies by platform, same content, different distributions:
    • The Nintendo Switch version has no DLC and is sold as a single item
    • The PC Version is sold as a cheap base game with a single DLC unit of the current mobile DLC
    • The mobile version sells DLC piecemeal
  • Title Screen is different on Mobile and PC/Switch with unique art for each
  • Mobile versions include Cloud Save with Facebook, Google Play/iCloud, and XD account
    • The Steam version can import your score/progress from mobile; the Switch version cannot.
  • Mobile versions show X/100 progress on the level up bar, console versions only show a bar. XP per level is still the same.
DLC

The Switch version does not have DLC, all tracks are included in the base price.

The Steam version has a single DLC, which will include all future tracks in the single purchase price.

The Mobile version has piecemeal DLC or you can buy the same Season Pass as Steam, which gives all future packs for free.

I recommend getting the season pass if you like the game, it’s the best deal since you get future stuff free.

Which Version Is Best?

If you want to play on multiple platforms, Steam + Mobile is the best combo. Mobile is the native platform and lets you manually control Fever. If you already have it on Mobile and want to keep your progress but play with a controller, get Steam as Switch doesn’t have account import.

However the Switch version is the simplest, most complete way to get the game at once and offers nice control options, while still being portable and allowing touch and TV play. The only major downsides are the lack of manual fever (patch please!) and the lack of account connection. Switch version will get free DLC updates.

Muse Dash Quick Start Tips

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Pokémon Rumble Rush Guide – Quick Start & Event Info

Pokemon Rumble Rush is out now! It’s a continuation of the Pokemon Rumble series, and is on Android and iOS. This is a very early work in progress guide I’ll be updating as I play, so check back often! There will be much more info soon. I’m also working on a Search Spreadsheet that you can contribute to!

As always, post in the comments if you have any questions, info to share, or just comments about the game! We’ll also likely be playing the game in our Discord Server.

Updates

Pokemon Rumble Rush Game Info

Title: Pokemon Rumble Rush
(Pokemon Scramble SP in Japanese)
Official Site: Japanese
Platform: Android & iOS
Language: Japanese, English, German, French, Korean, Chinese, Spanish
Release date: 2019-05-15
Developer: The Pokemon Company
Price: Free to Play™ with IAP. No ads.
Genre: Beat ’em up
Filesize: 400 MB installed and updated
Cloud Save: Yes (must link to Nintendo Account)
Always Online: Yes, strictly
Gambling Element: ?
Battery Drain: High, with power save options

Pokemon Rumble Rush Quickstart Guide

Quick Facts Video Guide

Is it Kanto Pokemon only?

Long term, no, there are Johto and Alola pokemon shown in the official site. However, the first area of the game is Kanto only and it will likely be a bit of time before later generation pokemon appear. There aren’t even all 151 Kanto pokemon yet it appears.

What’s It Play Like?

It should be familiar if you’ve played a Pokemon Rumble series game before. In basic combat your pokemon automatically moves towards pokemon, and you can tap to attack or long press to charge a stronger attack.

You catch pokemon through a special Search feature, each search stage has specific pokemon to catch, and strength of Pokemon is determined by a Pokemon GO-esque system with the single CP stat for pokemon strength. Pokemon each have a single move, randomly selected from a list of possible moves when the pokemon is caught.

Does it have Nintendo Account features?

Yes, you can use your Mii (huzzah) and Cloud Save features by linking your Nintendo Account. Linking your Nintendo Account with Pokemon Rumble Rush is permanent. For most people, this isn’t a problem, but if you have more than one account, share accounts, etc, be mindful of it.

How Can I play it?

It’s currently regionally restricted for a region-test launch. It will likely release globally soon, between a week and a month. Despite being limited for the launch, the app includes multiple languages and will auto select one based on your devices country. You can’t manually pick a language.

Android

If you’re in Australia, simply use the Google Play Store to download it. Outside of Australia, you’d have to either spoof your location (Google Play no longer allows changing Country without your IP address indicating you’ve moved countries).

There are Pokemon Rumble Rush APK links out there, but I can’t vouch for the validity of any and won’t link any here.

iOS

Oddly, it’s not out for iOS quite yet. It just launched in a test market, so the iOS version will likely be out soon, likely with the same temporary regional restriction.

It uses too much battery!

Go to the Menu, Options, Game Settings, and set the Graphics option to Power Saving. If that’s not enough, also reduce the Resolution (clarity of image) and Imaging Speed (framerate) in the More menu.

Gameplay

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Makai Senki Disgaea RPG Delayed 3 Months for Major Code Rework

Makai Senki Disgaea RPG, the Disgaea mobile game (not to be confused with Makai Wars) has been delayed for an estimated 3 months due to major infrastructure and coding issues rendering the game unplayable.

Players have been having trouble with Disgaea RPG for weeks as noted by the official @Disgaea_App account. Since I made the Makai Wars guide and plenty in my Discord server were (trying to) play Disgaea RPG I thought I’d put up a quick news release on the situation in english.

Announcement of the 3 month delay on their official Twitter:

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Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium: May Wonderland Event Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the May Wonderland Event (2019) information. See the main guide for other events and general game information. Feel free to add any of my guides to your homescreen for easy access, and offline loading of guides you’ve used (on supported devices)!

 

Updated 2019-05-03: May Wonderland Event is live. Video Guide. Note that cheating the clock doesn’t work for almost anything anymore including ads.

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Mega Miracle Force (メガミラ) Import Guide | A Real Neptunia Crossover Mobile Game!

Mega Miracle Force (メガミラ) just released in Japan! Just like Makai Wars prior (and several Neptunia games) I figured I’d do a little import guide to help other players get going! This guide is still very much work in progress so expect big updates.

Feel free to contribute any information that’s missing or ask questions in the comments, or join our Discord to discuss Mega Miracle Force, Neptunia series, or other games in general!

Mega Miracle Force is a Compile Heart universe crossover game, with Hyperdimension Neptunia characters as well as characters and enemies from many of Compile Heart’s other games. It plays much like Makai Wars as a gachapon based mini-SRPG with auto-battle and various character-enhancing systems. In a very Compile Heart quirk, you equip CG images from the various games as “equipment”.

Updates

Mega Miracle Force Game Info

Title: Mega Miracle Force (メガミラ)
Platform: Android & iOS
Language: Japanese
Release date: 2019 (Japan)
Developer: Compile Heart (Official Site), NTT Plala Inc.
Price: Free to Play with IAP/Gachapon. No ads.
Genre: “Mobage” style collectable character RPG, SRPG
Filesize: 344 MB fully installed
Cloud Save: Kinda: See Cloud Save
Always Online: Yes, persistent internet connection required
Gambling element: Yes (standard character Gachapon a la FateGO etc.)
Battery Drain: ?

Gameplay screenshots

Mega Miracle Force Screeshots

Mega Miracle Force Abridged Guide

From @WaifuWarrior#9296 in our Discord Server, here’s a quick guide to what you need to know; the game’s pretty simple and easy so this simple strategy will do you for almost any stage.

Mega Miracle Force Miniguide

Tap here to see it bigger.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Christmas Event 2018 Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Christmas Event (2018) information. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information. Feel free to add any of my guides to your homescreen for easy access, and offline loading of guides you’ve used (on supported devices)!

Updates:2019-01-13: Two new fish added, one is an IAP one is just another quest after the Turtle please stop asking about them all the info on how to get them is in the game’s update notes
2018-12-14: All  fish conditions found! It seems like the lockdown on the Halloween tank has been delayed. Video guide. BTW Freshwater’s lag was fixed.
2018-12-12: I streamed the Christmas event thursday!

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The event has its own tank just like the Halloween Event, and likely requires the level ~300-400 or whatever coralite in the first tank to unlock (less than a day of effort).

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Azur Lane: Hyperdimension Neptunia Crossover Event Guide

The English/Global version of Azur Lane is finally getting the Hyperdimension Neptunia crossover event that previously hit the Chinese and Japanese versions of the game. Since I usually do guides for Neptunia games and picked up the game just for this crossover, I figured I’d make a little guide for players in a similar situation.

Updates: 2018-11-28: It appears SP4 has the best drop rate for Nep Skin Boxes for cosmetic items

The event just released on 2018-11-22 and runs until 2018-12-05! Filled in most information. I streamed the event on the 22nd including pulls!

The Neptunia characters are viable/high rarity units (Elite and Super Rare, the top two in the game) so if you want to play with just/mostly the Neptunia games it should be pretty viable. Take my advice with a grain of salt though as I only dove in to get the Neptunia characters myself; as always corrections and questions are welcome in the comments below! Or in our Discord Server

Game Info

Title: Azur Lane
Platform: Android iOS
Language: English (Global Release)
Release date: 2018 (Global)
Developer: Yostar Limited.
Price: Free to Play with IAP/Gachapon. No ads.
Genre: “Mobage” style collectable character RPG
Filesize: 1.59GB (installed and updated)
Cloud Save: Yes (Link to Facebook/Twitter in options)
Always Online: Yes, persistent internet connection required
Gambling element: Yes (standard character Gachapon a la FateGO etc. Some characters can be acquired outside the gachapon. Other IAPs present)
Battery Drain: High

Azur Lane Quickstart Info

Azur Lane is a fairly standard “mobage” style collection/RPG game. IF you’ve played FateGO, Fine Emblem Heroes, Food Fantasy, or hundreds of others, you probably know what you’re in for.

If you’re just starting the game/haven’t started yet, you’ll want to get to level 15 as soon as possible. This is achievable within a day or two at most with moderate play; I’m level 30 now in 3 days.

Make sure to go to Settings, Account to bind your account to a Twitter/Facebook account. This is your cloud save option; without it, you may lose your account or be unable to transfer it to a new phone.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Halloween Event 2018 Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Halloween Event (2018) information. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information. Feel free to add any of my guides to your homescreen for easy access, and offline loading of guides you’ve used (on supported devices)!

Updates

2018-12-14: Timer added to the Halloween event, it closes in 7 days but after that you can pay pearls (150 for a month) or watch an ad (once per day for 30 minutes)  to unlock the tank again. Free trials of the magic skills were added to the halloween tank.

2018-11-17: Game update, Fall Fish unlocks were drastically improved. Updated unlock conditions in the guide. If you already meet the new unlocks for fall fish  that require X number of fish, you may have to buy a new fish of that type to get them to register.

  • Reduced the earning time for the Witch’s Den items. They now generate vitality at intervals of 1 second, 5 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.
  • Reduced magic skill cost to 100 pearls per cast and increased skill time to 12 hours.
  • Adds 1 new hidden fish (Snowy Owl) and 1 new quest
  • Adds 1 new IAP (Ugly Octopus Trio) and improved the benefits of the IAP in the Halloween tank.
  • You can now move your Halloween fish to your Saltwater tank!
  • The Halloween Crab now talks. There’s a script button in Settings in the halloween tank to turn it off

2018-10-31: Video Guide!

2018-10-25: I streamed the update recently if you want to take a peek!

It is a slow rollout and will take you a while to get. Despite literally every single update AbyssRium has ever done rolling out in the same (stupid) fashion I still get spammed every time it updates about this. Please don’t ask about it.

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After too long the Halloween event for 2018 is finally upon us! It’s got it’s own coralite (as many suspected) and is accessed via the Map icon when the main menu is closed, just like Freshwater. As always there’s a slow rollout and it may take up to a week for everyone to get it.

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