Yo-kai are mischievous creatures that inhabit our world, invisible to all but a special few. Nate Adams is an average elementary school student, ignorant to the presence of yo-kai until he acquires the mysterious Yo-Kai Watch, a tool that allows him to see the spirits hidden throughout the town of Springdale. It turns out yo-kai have a penchant for meddling with the lives of humans, and Nate, along with his yo-kai companion Whisper, decides to investigate the mysterious and maligning happenings during his summer vacation. Yo-Kai Watch is very much a game with kids in mind, but Level-5 portrays this perspective intelligently, ultimately producing a compelling and unique adventure that doesn’t busy itself with grandiose narratives or complex conflicts.Yo-Kai Watch‘s story plays out in episodes, each with a central plotline and focus. Like any good episodic story, however, the game also offers players smaller secondary tasks they can complete at their leisure, and it’s here that Yo-Kai Watch begins to consume your time. You’ll often come across people in need while you trek through town, and helping them out yields items and experience points that make your larger goals that tiny bit more attainable.
When it comes to Graphics, Yo-Kai Watch is a very colourful game on the 3DS, however the star of this title are the Yo-Kai themselves who have this outrageousness to their appearance with some being cute, scary or even completely crazy. I also love the stills and cut-scenes which help progress the story like the colourful watch to when you befriend a Ko-Kai to the friendly combat system of using soultimates, targeting enemies, purifying or accessing items.Audio supports the title well, especially the music and sound effects that truly gives the title this Japanese feel to it. Voice acting is another highlight and the actors definitely give it their all. All in all, Yo-Kai Watch is a good looking, sounding and playing game on the 3DS.
There are over 200 yo-kai in the game, all members of one of eight tribes. Each tribe excels in certain elements of combat, be it physical attacks or debilitating techniques, and along with the variety of personalities each yo-kai can possess, there’s a ton of variety throughout the roster. Players can equip stat-boosting items to their yo-kai pals and even evolve them, both by leveling-up and by fusion, but Yo-Kai Watch is frustratingly vague when it comes to actually befriending new yo-kai.