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Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog Squad

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog Squad

We've been sampling the cooperative delights of the new Yo-Kai spinoff on Nintendo 3DS.

  • Kieran HarrisKieran Harris

The other two modes are completely optional and can be revisited when grinding for more Oni Orbs for progression and finding other allies. Big Boss mode allows you to have a rematch against the much tougher baddies you've grappled with in the story and there's even an extra challenging mode if you are feeling brave enough. Here your level has been capped to ensure that there's always a threat and to prevent you from destroying the much earlier bosses with your newfound strength. Patrol mode, on the other hand, allows you to leisurely visit the locales seen within the story so that you can do a spot of sightseeing and scoop up any critters that may have sneaked past you.

You may have noticed that Blasters is available with two separate versions: Red Cap Corps and White Dog Squad. The main difference is the 50 or so Yokai exclusive to each version but there are also cutscenes and a concluding boss battle that get their very own spin. Just like the mainline and Pokémon series, if you have a friend who owns another copy you can trade medals between one another both offline and online, so owning both isn't really essential. What both packages have over the initial Japanese release though is the bundled in free expansion Moon Rabbit Crew which adds 15 new Yokai, story missions, and new equipment for you to craft.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog SquadYo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog Squad
Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog SquadYo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog SquadYo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Team/White Dog Squad

Blasters offers up to four player co-op both offline and online and each mission from the story can be played with other player-controlled Yokai. Story missions work as each player controls a Yokai each and absent player slots are substituted by the AI, always giving you a team of four. There's also the Wayfarers Coliseum which is your basement hideout and enables you to fight 1v1 with players online to see which one of you has the strongest team of Yokai. There's also trading which we touched upon earlier which extends replayability as you'll want to hook up with friends and other players if you are wanting to grab all of those 400 medals.

With its simplified battle system and RPG mechanics, Yokai Watch Blasters represents perhaps the most accessible point of entry for fans of the anime who have yet to delve deep into the mainline video games. It also bridges the gap for the third instalment nicely and provides an entertaining enough distraction that features the same cartoonish charm and monster collecting that the series is widely known for. It does feel repetitive though and the combat feels awfully bare bones if you don't make an effort to switch up your gear and supporting party. That being said, if you are a diehard Yo-Kai Watch fan or even somebody just itching to get into the games, we wouldn't recommend giving this one a miss.

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07 Gamereactor UK
7 / 10
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Lots to do, fun modes including co-op, includes Moon Rabbit Crew expansion.
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Can get a bit repetitive, combat is too simplistic.
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