The Pokemon series is one of the most famous games in the world. There is no one who does not know the name Pikachu or who at least has thrown a single pokeball. Since the launch of the first Pokémon Red and Blue game in 1996 for the Gameboy, it has become a worldwide craze. There are now eight generations of the main games totaling over 30 titles. But that’s not all, because Pokemon IP has also branched out into a lot of spin-off games. Here are some of the best and worst of the last decade alone.

Best: Pokémon GO!

By far the best Pokemon Spin-Off game of all time has to be Pokemon GO! It was one of the first games to enter the augmented reality space and turn a global phenomenon into a craze. Crowds of fans and gamers have been highlighted in the news. Entire communities have come together to play this game, trying to catch as many Pokemon as possible on their phones. Both new and old generations still play to this day, although the craze has subsided significantly since its launch. Being able to walk around in real life and catch Pokemon on your smartphone was a natural move for Pokemon games.

Worse: Pokemon Smile

Pokemon Smile is another augmented reality game aimed at motivating kids to brush their teeth. I feel bad to include it as worse because the mission here is good. You set up your phone with the camera on to capture yourself brushing your teeth. You can put cute Pokemon hats on yourself and while you brush yourself, you score points and capture Pokemon. It has a lot of features for a simple concept including capturing images and the ability to put stickers on it. I didn’t think something as simple as brushing your teeth had to be made into a game by the Pokemon Company… but here we are.

Best: Pokemon Snap

Ok so I’m cheating a bit here. The first Pokemon Snap came out over 20 years ago. However, Nintendo has announced the release of a new Pokemon Snap in the near future? I always put it on the list because there has never been another game like this. Pokemon Snap takes you on a safari through several Pokemon habitats and lets you click pictures of pocket monsters. The better the photos, the more points you get. The more points you get, the more you unlock; new areas, new tools and other things. What made it fun was trying to figure out how to get the best pictures. You could take a picture of a Lone Charmander, or if you threw in some snacks it would attract other Chamanders and they would all start playing together. Or, if you lure a Slowpoke into the water, it could evolve right in front of your eyes into a Slowbro.

If you’re a fan of Pokemon and Pokemon Snap, check out our recent post on what we hope the next installment adds to the game.

Worse: Pokemon Sleep

It’s another game that’s not quite released yet and I might have an idea why. The original Pokemon Sleep trailer shows how PokemonGO created walking entertainment. Certainly one of the biggest perks of PokemonGO was that it got people out and exercised. The next logical step for the Pokemon company would be to design a game around sleep, right? Apparently yes. Although we have no idea exactly what that means as of yet and I suspect the Pokemon Company doesn’t either. Sleeping is not a game, you are unconscious. Let us spend our money and our resources elsewhere. I would even go for Pokemon Smile or whatever.

Best: Pokemon Unite

Pokemon Unite has just been announced, so it has yet to be released, but it is one of the most unique uses for the Pokemon series in recent memory. Pokemon Unite is a multiplayer online battle zone game, or MOBA for short. It follows in the footsteps of the popular esports games League of Legend, DOTA2, and Heroes of the Storm. Players compete in a 5v5 format and must fight their way through a map to capture the team base. They do this using specialized heroes, champions, or in the case of Unite, Pokemon. This is a perfect use of the Pokemon franchise as Pokemon translate perfectly into champions of varying abilities. Plus, we’ve been fighting Pokemon for decades and it gives the idea of ​​team battle a new twist.

Worse: Pokemon Magikarp Jump

Finally, a game that actually seemed like a lot of effort. Magikarp Jump consists of catching a Magikarp (with different patterns!). Then you have to train your floppy fish pokemon by hitting it against punching bags, making it run tricks and other things that a floppy fish cannot do. All in the name of a show jumping competition. That’s it! If you watch the trailer, you’ve seen the entire game. I’d rather Pokemon Sleep my way all day than take the time to download and uninstall it on my phone right away.

Which, unfortunately, when it first came out… I did.


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