Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble Review – Connect, Pop, and Collect

Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble is a pretty fun puzzle game having a sort of spiritual spin-off of the game Pokémon. The story is an afterthought that only exists to give context to the player’s actions. It includes wandering around the town to battle with troublesome spirits using his team of less troublesome spirits, and gathering up more spirits to add to the team. However, here it is more Puzzle & Dragons than Pokémon, with combat that requires the player to match-up duplicate YoKai in order to unleash attacks.

Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble Review - Connect, Pop, and Collect

Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble is Worth Checking Out

There is something oddly satisfying about the gooey bounciness of the little Yokai balls; the way they stretch and squeeze in Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble is kind of adorable and the physics involved with their movements makes figuring out the best way to match sets surprisingly strategic. It can be a little annoying when the near-constant shifting causes the player to tap the wrong thing, or when two of the same YoKai were close enough for a match but the shoving pushed them just out of reach of each other, but it still adds a bit of excitement to what could have been a more by-the-numbers feeling in a puzzle game.

The slight bit of distinction to the mechanics is also appreciable. Common matching in Wibble Wobble is all well and good, but the Fever mode that triggers when the player makes sufficient matches shifts things up in a satisfying manner by triggering a YoKai’s special ability, though it is not a common element in the game.

The collecting is handled nicely. If the player already has the YoKai in his collection, having a duplicate will make the one he has already be more powerful. Dealing with failure will be easier because the player will keep on making some sort of progress in the game, considering that the team will still earn experience and potentially level-up, regardless of whether or not the party defeat the target.

Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble is good because its difficulty buds up rather fast. In the first few levels it will somehow be nice and easy but then suddenly it will be a real struggle to make it through a level. Then suddenly, everything will go well again, and then it will be tricky again. It is not so bad considering that the player can still earn experience and money even if he lost the level, but the unstable challenge can be a little frustrating at times. Even if the player is not necessarily a Yo-Kai Watch fan, Wibble Wobble is a puzzle game worth checking out. As long as he knows that it is not a ghost-hunting RPG, but rather a matching puzzler game.


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