Coromon review for Nintendo Switch, PC
Platform: To change
Also on: computer
Editor: freedom games
On line: Yes
Coromon is Pokemon.
There really is no other way to describe it. And I don’t mean that it’s a homage to Pokémon (even though the devs note on the eShop page that “Coromon is our homage to classics in this RPG subgenre”), or that it’s clear that Pokémon has had a major influence on the development of Coromon. I mean Coromon is 100% a clone who never tries to hide his influences or intentions. You capture and train monsters scattered in a retro world, and your monsters fight other monsters in turn-based battles, and there are different types of monsters that are increasingly less effective in these battles.
Let me put it this way: if I had gone into Coromon blind and someone had told me it was a Pokemon game, the only reason I should be suspicious is that there is no no Pikachu in sight.
I’m not saying any of this in a bad way, mind you. Much like last year’s Nexomon – another Pokémon clone I loved – Coromon may not be original, but it nails its source material so well that it’s impossible not to get sucked in. As other games have shown, it’s not the easiest thing to do. . Whatever Coromon lacks in new ideas, it more than makes up for by being highly addictive.
Also, I sell Coromon a bit short. It adds a lot of customization options, so you can basically play Pokémon your way. You can add randomization, you can change the circumstances in which you can capture other monsters, you can make it so that you can choose your monster every battle (rather than defaulting to choosing your main monster and forcing yourself to play with your party between battles) – there are plenty of options here, and they make sure the game is enjoyable no matter your experience or skill level.
Of course, if you want something original – or even a unique take on Pokemon – Coromon isn’t for you. But if you just want this kind of game to be extremely well done, you have to check it out.
Freedom Games provided us with a Coromon Switch code for review.