The distance between honoring a game (trying to build on what made people love it and hoping to create something a little better) and merely ripping it off somehow can be tough to judge sometimes without actually digging in and playing. On the surface, and even as you first start out on the very Pokemon-esque journey that is Coromon, you could mistake it as merely being a facsimile of the popular series and be quick to dismiss it. I think that’s a mistake though, at least if you really enjoy this training RPG sub-genre, as it’s very obvious the people behind this title have invested real time and effort into honoring many aspects of the series while tweaking them to add some richness to the experience as well. If you’re not a Poke-fan this absolutely won’t change your mind, and if you are one but aren’t open to another developer doing a cover band tribute that remixes some elements of what you love it may well also leave you cold. That said, if you’re more about the subgenre and enjoy building and cultivating your team there’s enough differentiation and care here to make it worthwhile to check out, tapping into your nostalgia but also giving you a new and slightly different world and menagerie to discover.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.6]