The brand of Pokémon it exists, and there are just as many years in which someone cyclically tries to ride the success of these titles with some “clone game” and / or with the same mechanics. This is also the case with Nexomon, game developed by VEWO Interactive and which we will talk about in today’s review. Despite everything, however, the title has in store some little goodies that deserve to be noticed and explored, so don’t take the result for granted.
Nexo is the new Poké
The game opens, as cliché has it, with a young boy who wakes up in his room and hears a loud noise coming from downstairs. Once he goes down to check (and has found that, unlike the protagonists of the Pokémon world, he has a father), he will come across Ellie, a girl in a wheelchair, e Atlas, a small robot built by the latter. With a narrative ploy, our protagonist will find himself in front of a briefcase with 7 Nexomon of 7 different types, and he will have to choose one to start the real plot of the game together with his two new friends.
The game world is almost another Pokémon continent, very colorful and joyful, full of people who live in harmony with their creatures and who base their lives on them and on the relationship of friendship that binds them. The wild Nexomon obviously can be found in the tall grass and in the caves of the moment, and they will be captured thanks to the Nexotraps, the equivalent of Pokéballs. Here too there is the role of “coach”, however they are called Tamer, and the various gyms where it will be possible to face the strongest person in the relative city, and which gradually will have Nexomon stronger and more trained.
In fact, the classic system of experience, levels, evolutions and 4 moves available for each of your creatures returns. But it is in the fight that we have the real revolution compared to his famous partner. In fact, unlike how we are used to, each of the Nexomon will not have a certain number of PP for each move, but rather a stamina bar which will be consumed in different way according to the attack that we will choose to unleash. This is a type of change that is greatly appreciated, since it allows for a decidedly more strategic and “modern” type of game compared to the classic system that Pokémon has been carrying around since 1996.
Clone yes, but better aspects
As can be seen from this last paragraph of the review, Nexomon he knew very well where to go to emulate and where to try to innovate, in fact now let’s talk about types. As you may have already guessed, the developers of the VEWO team have decided to implement in the game only 7 types for their creatures, unlike the 18 present in Pokémon (it is also pleasant to be able to choose your starter based on your preferred type, instead of having to stop at the classic fire, water and grass). This leads to the simplification of interactions in nexomon battles but, since multiplayer is absent, and combined with the stamina management system, the player finds himself with a more refined and interesting battle system to play.
In some ways, in fact, this leads it to be more difficult to play, since having fewer types it is easier to suffer a super effective attack, which leads to create more heterogeneous teams and to make more switches than you actually would in a normal Pokémon game. In addition, the developers have taken with both hands from the progressive increase in difficulty during the adventure, but they also knew how to dare a bit and create one real interesting challenge that allows the player to choose whether to stop to train their creatures, or take a risk and try to continue with the Nexomon under level.
Technical side and first small problems
Aesthetically and visually, the game is not too demanding, but it does not disappoint. In fact, the very flat colors and without excessive shades give the game such a comic effect and shallow, but still very pleasing to the eye. As well as the graphical interface within the battles, which results very clear and outlined, although instead of the names of the moves we find icons depicting the relative attack and the amount of stamina it consumes. Even from the point of view of the sound we are on the discreet, with music capable of putting hype during the important moments, but which in any case they do not particularly stand out for their originality, and which you will probably forget after a week.
And it is for this simplicity in the details that we are amazed when – at least for the Nintendo Switch version we’ve tried – there are major frame drops. They have not occurred too often, but it has happened several times that in situations where the screen contained a few more elements, or in which more particles of attacks or similar effects were presented, the framerate suddenly dropped even 20-30 fps, which is quite unfortunate and has made us lose all the immersion of the moment.
Thumbs down for Nexomon?
So let’s sum up this review and in general on Nexomon. The title of the VEWO team certainly has a lot to say, and both knowledge of the Pokémon world stands out commitment and passion that the developers have put into the game. All the various precautions that have been taken starting from choosing between 7 different creatures instead of 3, or improving the difficulty procession, up to the real revolution of the battle system, which keeps only the cornerstones and instead changes everything that is wrong with the Game Freak brand, proves all the study there was.
Unfortunately, however, keeping many aspects the same and copying them totally, at the same time it didn’t help much to the title. In fact, although it makes it very “stable”, and it is noted that the areas have been well developed, with a fair proportion between inhabited and “wild” areas, and with a good structure for leveling up and variety in the choices – they are in fact, more than 300 different nexomons are available – there is always a bad feeling of “already played” throughout the game, which does not fully appreciate the adventure. If, on the other hand, you are interested in finding a jrpg, but a little more on the classic style, we recommend you read our review on Astra Ascending.