Magikarp Jump iOS and Android reviews
Pokemon Go got a new rival this week, as Magikarp Jump made its debut on iOS and Android devices.
The latest release from the Pokemon Company is a bizarre new game in which players catch Magikarp and train them to jump the highest.
Here's how the Pokemon Company describes it: "What is this world coming to?! It's a Pokemon game all about the weakest Pokemon ever – Magikarp! Anyone can play this simple game in their spare time to create the most majestic Magikarp ever in this official Pokemon app!"
Magikarp Jump players must first catch a Pokemon, before tapping the screen to feed it food and then completing training routines to increase its power.
It even features appearances from Pikachu and Piplup.
But it doesn't look like Niantic has too much to worry about, because the Magikarp Jump reviews have been extremely mixed.
Describing it as the "worst Pokemon game I've ever played", the Forbes reviewer clearly wasn't impressed: "Maybe, if at any point during this tedious experience I had some agency -either in the jumping contests, or the ability to dodge predators' attacks, etc. – maybe I would bother starting another Magikarp and playing more. But life's too short, and this, like so many other mobile games, is just not worth my time.
"This may be a good way to introduce new players to Pokémon, or a nice diversion for people who want a mostly passive gaming experience, but it's not for me.
"I'll stick to the 3DS titles, thank you very much."
Pokemon Go rival Magikarp Jump screenshots
Sun, May 21, 2017
POKEMON GO just got a new free-to-play rival in Magikarp Jump on iOS and Android.
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Nintendo Life awards the game 6/10: "Overall, Pokémon: Magikarp is a fascinating package. It has great style, but it severely lacks in gameplay. It feels like the epitome of a generic mobile title with a Pokémon twist, which is somewhat unfortunate. With no gameplay other than feeding the fish and playing "whose stat is bigger?", there's just unfortunately so little to the game.
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"It's definitely something fun to play on the bus or the train to kill time, in a style similar to other mobile games that have you looking after animals or buildings, but it just lacks the depth that we've come to expect from the other Pokémon mobile titles such as Pokémon GO, Pokémon Duel and Pokémon Shuffle. While it's easy to recommend having it on your mobile device, it's hard to recommend paying for microtransactions."
Pocket Gamer awards the game 7/10: "You can decorate your pond, hire new Pokemon, and eventually your Magikarp will reach its highest level and retire. Then it'll sort of swim around in the background judging your new Magikarp's skills.
"The whole thing is complete nonsense. But it's the sort of thing you'll want to pop in to every now and then. It's no Pokemon GO, not by a long shot, but it is a fun diversion from an otherwise awful world."
Time gives the game 4/5 stars: "My only real gripe is with the mandatory Magikarp retirement system, which arbitrarily caps your Magikarp's level, locks the door to your training pond, then forces you to fight things you know in advance you're not prepared to face. When you lose, your current Magikarp is forcibly retired and the process starts anew, though with all your upgrades intact, thus ensuring you'll reach a bit higher the next time round.
"I wouldn't reach for Magikarp Jump if I had my Nintendo Switch in tow. But catch me somewhere a smartphone's simpler and quicker to hand? For the foreseeable future, you'll probably spot me pouring precious time I might otherwise expend finishing up Daniel Dennett's luminous From Bacteria to Bach: The Evolution of Minds, or teaching myself how to read Japanese, into this."
Uproxx says that Magikarp Jump is worth a try in its largely positive review: "Yes, the whole thing is patently ridiculous, but the game knows this; the utter futility of making these poor fish leap is a running gag all throughout. The game is designed to be very bright, friendly, and accessible; it feels quite a bit like the silly Game Boy games of yore, which is entirely the point.
"But it also is incredibly addictive, as you can pull “better” Magikarp out of the water, train them up and keep making them leap. With eight levels to beat, and gags to find, this will probably eat up your time for a while."