Pokemon: Magikarp Jump!

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A new Pokemon mobile game was released on May 25 for iOS and Android devices, and it’s centered on one of the most useless Pokemon in existence: Magikarp. The game is called Pokemon: Magikarp Jump, and that’s pretty much the point of the game. You are an androgynous young trainer who, with the guidance of Mayor Karp (there are fish puns aplenty), learns to train Magikarp to compete in jumping contests. As you, the trainer, gain more experience, you can feed and train generations of Magikarp to new heights until you reach the ultimate goal: mastering all the Magikarp leagues.

It’s a pretty basic free-to-play game. Your progress is slowed down by energy timers for training and competing. Of course, if you’re willing to put some real money into it, you can purchase consumable items to bypass these timers, but it’s not necessary. You can also use in-game currency to obtain Pokemon friends, like Pikachu, that will boost your Magikarp’s stats or give you extra training sessions. In addition, there are decorations for your Magikarp’s pond that will also give your fish some buffs.

Rumor has it (okay, I’ve actually confirmed it) that there is a way to get your Magikarp to evolve into Gyarados. However, in an ironic twist, Gyarados serves no purpose in Magikarp Jump, and the normally powerful Pokemon gets disqualified from competition and is forced into retirement.

It gets a bit tedious in the higher ranks, and you may definitely feel the pressure to purchase in-game currency to speed up the leveling, but once again, it’s not necessary. I’ve also seen a couple of kinks: There is a leaderboard for your Facebook friends, but mine only lists me (despite my friends being able to see my stats on theirs). Also, I’m pretty sure Mayor Kara said there were eight leagues to conquer, but only six are visible in my game. I’m not sure if this is an oversight, or if the final two leagues will be released with sufficient progress (I’m in the middle of the Great League, with my Generation 13 Karp). Overall, this is an amusing little game. 

Posted on May 31, 2017 .