Pokemon Unite could have been a shallow, flat experience. Instead, it turned out to be one of the best multiplayer games on Android in 2021, walking the line between the heavy depths of a true MOBA and the lighter side of the midcore entries in the genre.
You pick a Pokemon and, with a team of other players, battle it out to take control of a laned arena. All the parts of the traditional MOBA are in place, from skills and powers to NPCs and gear.
But the whole thing is handled in a way that you can poke your head in every now and then without being completely overwhelmed, and that’s a pretty darn impressive feat.
There are a few niggles here, from slightly loaded IAPs to an increasing imbalance between skill levels, but at its heart Pokemon Unite is a bright and brash experience that fuses playfulness with the more hardcore elements of the MOBA.
And at the end of the day, a game that opens up the genre to a new swathe of players can only be a good thing. This is the perfect gateway drug into the addictive world of the MOBA.
You can click here to download Pokemon Unite from the Play Store. It’s free to play with IAP.