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Is Temtem Alpha More Than Just a Pokémon Clone?

Temtem Alpha
By | December 10th, 2018 | Categories: Others, Upcoming

For Pokémon fans of all ages, there’s an upcoming game that may very well be worth checking out. We’re talking about Temtem, an MMO that’s all about collecting and battling monsters (called Temtemas well) as well as fellow Tamers. The game is less of a spiritual successor to the iconic game that has cemented itself in gaming history and has more of a vibe that goes something like If no one’s going to make a good Pokémon-inspired MMO, then we will.

Recently, the Temtem Alpha went live for people to try the game out for themselves. This gave people the opportunity to have a feel for what changes could possibly be made to ultimately make the game better. Temtem as a whole, however, will be released come 2019 on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

How did Temtem start?

Temtem started out as a Kickstarter Project by Crema back in May to raise funds in order to create the game. Crema is a gaming company that’s been developing games for well over five years now. While the name may not ring a bell, the team’s last project, Immortal Redneck, turned out well. Since then, the game has had well over 11,716 backers and has subsequently raised a whopping $573,939. The production has certainly come a long way and has become one of the major MMO Kickstarter success stories for this year. We can only hope this will help pave the way for other deserving Kickstarter games to get the funding they need as well.

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How’s gameplay?

Temtem’s gameplay is all about freely roaming around the map along with your desired Pokémon— err I mean Temtem. Much like Pokémon, you will encounter Temtems in tall grasses as you walk through along. Interestingly, the game also features a competitive battle for players to go head-to-head. The addition of a pick and ban phase gives the game a strategic gameplay edge. Also, you will have your very own home or secret base which you can decorate just like in Pokémon Gold, Silver, & Crystal. Your characters are also customizable with cosmetics that you can purchase in-game or from the store.

Just like the Pokémon franchise has its set of antagonists, Temtem has its own team of evil grunts and leaders called Team Belsoto, a nefarious organization that would use Temtems for the purposes of labor and war rather than to care and co-exists with these animals.

In a nutshell, Temtem challenges us to become the next great Temtem tamer by discovering new species of Temtem, building the perfect roster, and defeating the eight Dojo Leaders in turn-based battles where elemental matchups are immensely crucial.

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Is Temtem too much like Pokemon?

Not really. Sure, its systems, setup, several of its creatures, and even the gameplay and battle mechanics themselves makeTemtem unabashedly like Pokémon, it’s not necessarily a bad thing! In spite of it all, Temtem also has some ideas of its own.

For starters, it’s an MMO that promises bustling cities packed with players to trade with and battle in real time, whereas a traditional Pokémon game only gives you battles with NPCs. Temtem also leans toward co-op as you will be able to join forces with a friend any time and work together towards your next goal.

Temtem’s co-op focuses into its system, which supports up to four players! The game is built for tournaments and, as such, has a pick-ban system. This means that instead of coming into each battle with a set team, players each will have to ban one of their opponents’ Temtem, making competitors remain adaptable at any given time.

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While Temtem may simply look like a Pokémon wannabe, it’s more than that and should be part of your list of games to check out in 2019. With a playable alpha already out called Temtem Alpha for the backers of the game on its Kickstarter, tons of gamers are already cranking out nothing short of positive reviews about the game. Having a Pokémon-style gameplay where you can tame, breed, and evolve your Temtems, the game still has its own personality, thanks in large part to the addition of the MMO aspect where you can battle with fellow Tamers and interact with them in real time. With Temtem set to be released in 2019, Pokémon fans (and otherwise) are sure to have something to enjoy.

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