It’s not easy to make a mobile game that doesn’t feel like a cash cow and it’s even more difficult to make a mobile game based off of a 3DS game. However, with the same charm that made it a phenomenon in Japan and the United States, Level-5’s “Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble” is one of the best mobile games of 2016 and a prime example of how a license should be used on a different platform.
Simply put, this is what solid spin-offs like “Pokemon Shuffle” tried to do with moderate success, just bigger and better.
From the start, “Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Watch” engrosses the gamer in its world. It makes them feel like they are playing in the same place as the 3DS game, just in a different way. All your favorite characters and Yo-Kai are there and the puzzle mechanics, which involve you combining little Yo-Kai wobs, which look like little faces of your favorite Yo-Kai and popping them and causing damage on your enemies.
If you’ve popped enough of your Yo-Kai, you can even perform their signature maneuvers from the 3DS game. The end result is a mobile game that never feels like one. As a matter of fact, seeing this on a 3DS would make a ton of sense.
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