There is some amazing news for ‘Poké-heads’!
A pair of new Pokémon games have launched exclusively on Facebook Gaming: Pokémon Tower Battle and Pokémon Medallion Battle.
Pokémon Tower Battle
\Pokémon Tower Battle, which is accessible worldwide, will allow two players against one another in ‘versus mode’. Just like Tetris blocks, one takes turns to drop Pokémon out of the sky, trying to build a stable tower. If someone knocks the tower over or their Pokémon tumbles off the platform, they lose.
Some players tried the game and referred to as “pretty mindless”; however, the press release promises some new features as you play, “As players discover, catch and level-up rare Pokémon, they can compete in real-time against friends or across a global leaderboard. It might seem like a simple physics-based puzzler at first, but the strategic choices in where and how players stack Pokémon will determine the true Tower Battle masters.”
Just from the sound of it, Pokémon Medallion Battle seems like it has a little more depth, but right now it’s only available in the Philippines.
Pokémon Medallion Battle
It’s sort of a digital card battle game that lets you collect Pokémon in the form of medallions. You win gym badges, level up your medallions, and try to fill out your Pokédex, with new Pokémon being released every month, according to Variety. Judging by the screenshots of the game, it seems to be the usual element-based combat system added with some social features.
Both titles were made using Facebook’s Instant Games platform and were launched just as the company is taking more efforts to attract gamers. Facebook has been steadily spreading its wings into the game biz. To do so more efficiently, last week it confirmed the acquisition of PlayGiga, a Spain-based cloud-gaming startup, which will be integrated into the Facebook Gaming platform team.
According to Facebook, to date, users have engaged in more than 40 billion Instant Games sessions. Popular titles on Instant Games include Zynga’s “Words With Friends,” Mattel163’s “Uno,” Lotum’s “Quiz Planet,” Softgames’ “Cookie Crush” and “Jumpy Jumpy – Helix Ball.”
In a press release, Pokémon Company CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, welcomed the launch of the new titles, “Launching these games through Facebook will allow people all over the world to experience Pokémon in digital form, and we are especially thrilled to collaborate with Facebook Gaming in enabling new audiences to enjoy Pokémon games online.”
Earlier this year, the social media mogul released a dedicated gaming tab, and it now claims that more than 700 million of its users play games, watch gaming videos, or take part in gaming groups each month. It updated its mobile app with a dedicated gaming hub where users can explore game content on Facebook. To emphasize the importance that Facebook is putting on the hub, the company added it to the sidebar and an option for the customizable navigation bar in the app.