Are you a giant fan of Pikachu, Charizard and the rest of the pocket monster crowd? Are you growing tired of running around with Pokemon Go (like a lot of other people) and yearn for something new? You’re in luck, because Pokemon Duel for iOS and Android just dropped and it’s totally free. Sort of.

Unlike Pokemon Go, which forces you into physical activity, Pokemon Duel is a turn-based strategy board game that pits you against other players from around the world in real time. Think of it like Chinese chess. You build your team of six Pokemon and goal is to get one of them over to your opponent’s goal. In the interim, you block your rivals, battle their figures, and get all tactical.

Part of it is like a collectible trading card game too, because the point is that you can build up your deck with different Pokemon, each of which have different moves and abilities. And in this game, you have a much smaller chance of walking off a cliff or into busy rush hour traffic. Less of a chance. Not zero chance. Stay safe out there, Pokemon trainers.

Find Pokemon Duel in the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and in the Google Play Store for Android devices. The game itself is a free download, but just like Pokemon Go, it features in-app purchases, because of course it does. Are you going to be the very best? Like no one ever was?


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