Man. Judging from the reaction to my Huge-Freaking-Shaymin
Award-winning coverage of the Game Boy Color
version of the Pokémon Trading Card game,
you folks were kinda hungry for a proper follow-up.
Well, here’s… this thing. It’s an online
client for the Pokémon TCG that actually
runs on cards obtained in real-life booster
packs. Me, would you demonstrate by opening
a pack? Thank you. Oooh, Dragons Exalted.
Nice. Anyway, included in each pack since
the dawn of the Black and White era is a code
card, with a QR graphic as well as an alphanumeric
code. By redeeming these via the TCGO program…
well, the QR thing used to work, but has yet
to be implemented in this build… by redeeming
these codes, you obtain virtual booster packs
for use in the online game. So while the program
is free, you’re kinda using real money.
Kinda. And, of course, all the cards you actually
want in real-space – like this Dark Trance
Hydreigon – you’ll get online. Oh well.
Still pulled a foil Milotic; that’s nothing
to sneeze at. Still, there’s gaming to be
The UI for the game will look fairly familiar,
but unlike the Game Boy version, there’s
actually room for everything at a glance.
Everything’s available with just a few points
and clicks, while tooltips usually do a good
job of summing a Pokémon’s remaining HP
and summarizing its attacks and powers and
whatnot, though you might have to get the
cursor in just the right spot. The sound effects
can be a little off at points, especially
for multi-flip attacks, and the music – when
it exists – is easy to ignore. After all,
you’re going to be too busy concentrating
on your strategy, right? You’ve spent countless…
erm. Minutes… customizing your deck; least
you can do is play it correctly. As would
be expected, you’ve got a limitless supply
of basic energy, though that won’t stop
you from pulling more basic energy from packs,
if it happens to be in the mix for that expansion.
If you’re not feeling up to playing against
actual people in the head-to-head mode, there’s
an AI opponent for you to battle, as well
as a “Trainer Challenge” campaign mode
what you can play with pre-constructed decks
or starter theme decks you can just buy off
the rack. Yes, those have codes in ‘em too,
and all 60 cards in such a pack will be added
to your online collection. This interpretation
is still far from perfect: there are several
bugs in both the UI (like audio hiccups and
large chunks of lag when a game ends) as well
as the procedural game mechanic stuff (how
the cards interact with one another). But
they’re working on it, and it’s a nice
little bonus if you’ve already bought the
cards and need a quick game to take the edge
off of 2AM on a Tuesday morning. But most
importantly, they DID fix Victory Star. My
Fliptini rises again!

40 thoughts on “CGRundertow POKEMON TRADING CARD GAME ONLINE for PC Video Game Review

  1. it depends if I want to play this game or not…could I put my level 100 charizard card on it? BURN (showoff) WHAT!?

  2. This is really cool, I'd almost collect pokemon cards again, if my game collecting wouldn't use up all my money. haha
    I love the trading card game, actualy Pokemon TCG on the gameboy is one of my favorite games on the system.

  3. lol same here , i just collected them cuz i love pokemon i would just stare at them for a long time

  4. Wait hold on a minute. Pokemon cards had a game!? I thought they were just for getting into fight over in the school yard when that one douche bag tried to steal your cards.

  5. I liked the browser more, I bought so many theme decks and the client glitches on my computer.

  6. …they just can't swallow the cost to run servers, and let us get boosters in-game for free.

    This is why I use Dueling Network people!

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  8. 2:50
    It is 2 Am on a Tuesday morning, and I was just playing this game 0.0

  9. You can either buy the cards on the in game shop with tokens you earn from playing games, or you can use codes you get when you buy real world cards.

  10. I used to have them too when I was a kid. Only now, 8 years later have I finally learned how to play.

  11. When you enter in the code are you given the exact cards online that you opened in the pack?

  12. they need to port this to the Wii U, I mean, it does have a built in camera on the gamepad so why not?

  13. I WISH **** YU GI OH HAD THIS SYSTEM…….buy a damn card pack and let me play……you guys should check out Yu gi oh bam on facebook, it doesnt even load…what a drama.. sorry just frustration here :'(

  14. wtf thats gay i just heard of this game and i was hoping i could use my original gen 1 pokemon cards for this game thats gay oh well i still have the original trading card game on gameboy


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