I love Pokemon, and that fact is certainly no secret. For many of my writing jobs, I’ve always snatched up the opportunity to write about something Pokemon related. I think the franchise means a lot to me because I pretty much grew up around the time the Pokemon series was popular. To be honest, I was never that into the TV series, but the Gameboy games- hell, that’s a different story altogether. I had all of the Gameboy games for my original Gameboy Color, and I’ve followed every release in the series since. I still play the old Pokemon games on my PSP every now and then, thanks to emulators and genius developers.
Personally, I don’t like playing emulators on my mobile phones. I hate touch controls, and I won’t get into that debate here, but I think that there are some things wrong with them. The biggest issue I have with touch controls is that they can be frustrating to use.
That being said, I have no interest in playing emulators and old school games on my Blackberry Z10. Don’t take that to mean I don’t do my share of gaming on mobile devices though. I like innovative control schemes that actually make proper use of the touchscreen.
Interestingly enough, I found a game that offers the best of both worlds! More specifically, I found a game that employs the legendary Pokemon theme, and meshes it with proper touchscreen controls. The game is called Pokemon Tower Defense, and it’s actually quite a distinctive tower defense game- so, don’t knock it before you try it!
I will say that there are probably some underlying copyright issues here since the game uses the Pokemon name and borrows sprites from the original Nintendo games. It was once available for iOS and Android but has been pulled from both app stores respectively most likely due to the muddled legal issues. It’s likely the same thing will happen with the Blackberry version, but as of now it’s still available in Blackberry World (just hit up the widget below).
Pokemon Tower Defense
Tower defense is such a popular genre these days, I’m going to assume you already know how it works. Essentially, you are protecting an item or goal from invading enemies, and to do, so you place various defense towers on a map. The defense towers will then attack enemies as they pass by, usually with extraordinary abilities of some kind that can also be upgraded. Generally, the goal is to protect whatever item is on the map from the invading parties.
In the case of Pokemon Tower Defense, you are protecting a collection of Rare Candies. If you remember from the Pokemon games, Rare Candy is the element that allows you to level your Pokemon at the cost of stats.
Pokemon Tower Defense works exactly the same as any other tower defense game. You place Pokemon on the map, who then defend against invading Pokemon. The goal is obviously to preserve as many Rare Candies as possible, and to prevent the invading Pokemon from depleting your stockpile.
Pokemon Tower differs from other TD titles in how you collect towers. Just like in the standard Pokemon games you have to capture the Pokemon you’re going to use with PokeBalls. You must wait until your existing towers weaken the invading Pokemon, and then you can throw out a PokeBall and capture them- in real Pokemaster style!
The captured Pokemon serve as your defense towers, and just like in the first Pokemon games they can level up and evolve after earning combat experience. That’s most of the fun in Pokemon Tower Defense, collecting your Pokemon and leveling them up. In fact, it inspires you to play the same levels more than once in order to power up your defense team. The same can’t be said for a lot of other Tower Defense titles out there.
The best part about Pokemon Tower Defense is that it’s free, and there are no advertisements to bog down your experience. Furthermore, there is a storyline to go along with the gameplay, but needless to say it’s not why you’ll be playing the game.
If you have a Z10, be sure to check out Pokemon Tower Defense, you won’t regret it!