Pokemon Duel is a tactical board game -- unlike Niantic's Pokemon Go, Pokemon Duel is not augmented reality. Beat your opponent by landing one of six figures from your deck on the opposite end of the board. You can play for free or make in-app purchases to bolster your chances.
Engaging storyline: Pokemon Duel builds on the existing Pokemon universe with an engaging storyline, so it will be familiar to Pokemon Go fans without being a retread.
Three ways to play: Pokemon Duel can be played against friends in a Room Match, against strangers in a Featured Duel, or against the game's AI in a Quest.
Free play: You can play Pokemon Duel to the end without in app-purchases. But if you're inclined to spend money to fast-track your success, then you can buy gems (99 cents for 12, $7.99 for 360, $19.99 for 876) to exchange for items that will speed up or enhance gameplay.
Helpful intro: Pokemon Duel has an extensive intro and Help section to get players up to speed.
Game data can be transferred across devices: If you switch phones or platforms, you can transfer existing game data to your new device. However, only one device at a time can use your game data. Also, although you can transfer your details between Android and iOS devices, you can't transfer gems across platforms.
Requires Internet connection: You need a working Internet connection to play Pokemon Duel; you can't play offline or in a Wi-Fi dead zone.
Too many rules: Pokemon Duel has so many rules and processes that it's difficult to retain even half of them.
Too much pregaming: Pokemon Duel's initial data transfer took about 5 minutes over Wi-Fi, and the game tutorial is closer to 10 minutes. These took some of the fun out of our first play.
Significant battery drain: In our tests, the game drained a lot of battery life from our devices.
Pokemon Duel is a too-detailed turn-by-turn game with a significant learning curve.