Nexomon may be first viewed as a “Pokémon ripoff” by many. And that is a quite understandable point of view! The mechanics are essentially the same. You are a tamer, on an adventure, capturing and training “nexomon” along your way. It indeed does have many, many similarities to Pokémon.
However, there are differences which set this game apart and in my opinion, make it better.
The graphics are top notch for this type of game. The developers paid close attention to detail.
The characters are actually quite hilarious, breaking the 4th wall is common in this game. They are very aware that they are “inside of a video game” and that makes for some pretty funny moments. My favorite in particular is when you find an item (potion, elixir, etc.) your character spins around and it says along the screen “you have found a..” , at several points in the game other characters make comments such as “why did you spin like that?..” to which your accomplice replies “don’t mention it”. Hard to explain this, but it’s comical.
Speaking of your accomplice, you are accompanied throughout the game by your companion “Atlas” who does all the talking for you. I did find this kind of weird, but it makes for some communication opportunities and jokes that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.
The story line is very well thought out, and smoothly progresses throughout the entire game. Everything from the beginning ties in to the end nicely.
There are a number of nexomon in the wild, close to 400, and they are all well named except for a few.
Leveling up is rewarding (up to level 50) as you gain new skills and abilities as you progress. However, after level 50 the only benefit from level increase is stat boosts. I would love to see more abilities unlocked past level 50, as you are capable of reaching a level of 99! It would add to the experience greatly for players coming after me.
The fighting mechanics are great! However, the effects of poison/confuse/paralyze/etc. only last for one turn. So buying Anti-‘s is pointless. I would change the effects to lasting two turns myself, or remove the Anti-‘s all together.
Although I could say much more about this wonderful game, my review is getting quite long so I will wrap this up. If you’re looking for a great nostalgic game that will bring you back to your childhood this is it! If you are looking for a game that you don’t have to spend countless dollars on to succeed, this is it. The $1 to buy it is WELL worth it. I’ve gotten 10 hours of playtime out of it so far and I’m still not quite complete. The designers were not creating this out of greed like so many other apps on the store, and it is quite obvious. Buy this game, and I can assure anyone reading this review that you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. For less than the price of a bottled Coca-Cola you will get a seemingly endless amount of rewarding playtime out of a game that was very well designed.
Thank you so much to the developers for creating this masterpiece, and I hope to see more games come from you. I will definitely be keeping an eye out, because you guys have impressed me beyond belief.