Welcome to Jim Hill Media - Entertainment News : Theme Parks Movies Television

"Yo-Kai Wib Wob" mobile game initially charming, but quickly gets repetitive

"Yo-Kai Wib Wob" mobile game initially charming, but quickly gets repetitive

Rate This
  • Comments 53

"Yo-Kai Watch" is a series that I worried would never catch on in America. The series rocked Japan, with over 1.33 million units of the first game sold over there, over ten games (including apps and spin-offs), and Yo-Kai tokens featuring characters from the series that had people lining up for hours to get. The character designs in this adorable, fun, ghost-driven game were irresistible, adorable, and sometimes completely repulsive in the most fantastic way. But luckily enough, "Yo-Kai Watch" found extremely enthusiastic ground in the US, with fans eagerly clamoring for a sequel. 

Which is why it was curious that -- as a segue into "Yo-Kai Watch 2" -- "Yo-Kai Watch Wib Wob" was chosen to introduce the America audience to the new Yo-Kai. Originally released as an android exclusive in Japan back in October, this game plays very similarly to the Disney Tsum Tsum game from alone. Wobbly guys pile up, you link them to make bigger ones, you tap them, they go away. But when you tap these Wib Wob Yo-Kai, they unleash attacks on opposing Yo-Kai. Chain up enough, and you can unleash Ultimate Moves from the Yo-Kai that can hurt your enemies, heal your Yo-Kai, or even change the Wib Wobs on the board for an easier combo.

You can get more Yo-Kai characters to be your Wib Wobs via random chance at the end of battles.  Much like in the handheld, Yo-Kai can be given their favorite foods (i.e., candy, ice cream, meat, oden -- just to name a few examples) to influence your chances of befriending them. You can also befriend Yo-Kai with the ability to increase your chances of recruiting new Wib Wobs. There are rare Yo-Kai hidden behind missions, Yo-Kai you can only get from evolving your current Yo-Kai, Yo-Kai you can only get from fusing Yo-Kai with items, or other Yo-Kai (Some of these designs are fantastic and adorable. Like Nurse Tongus, a Pink fungus with a long tongue dressed like a nurse who heals your Yo-Kai. She's adorable.)

Mechanics-wise, "Yo-Kai Watch Wib Wob" is a typical mobile game in this vein. You move from level to level and the difficultly slowly ramps up until you face a boss battle. Each boss battle has fantastically unique mechanics that had me eagerly awaiting each upcoming fight. Some required you tapping certain items that would appear on your board before they would solidify, others had you making careful use of the targeting system within the game. All were unique and kept me on my toes.

Something else that I found exceptionally clever was the use of multiplication problems as a paywall guard when purchasing additional coins. This was smart enough to keep underage kids out, and enough to make me -- a half-awake art student dealing with finals -- stare blearily at it in confusion at 2 a.m. for a solid two minutes.

If I have to take a knock at "Yo-Kai Watch Wib Wob," I'd bring up that the game's charm can wear out quick. Once you get enough S rank Yo-Kai, things begin to feel stagnant. Levels can become repetitive strains, and even the thrill of encountering new Yo-Kai wears out as you begin to encounter the same ones over and over. On the same note, there's level caps that you can pay coins to get past, and it's somewhat difficult to save up enough coins to level up in later areas.

And then when you can just buy coins and get reminders to buy coins, "Yo-Kai Watch Wib Wob" takes on all the subtlety of a brick to the face when it comes to what the game thinks you should do. (You can't really blame them, though. Microtransactions are the name of the game on mobile devices.)

Likewise, there are certain Yo-Kai that you can only get, as far as I know, via making purchases- such as the Jewel-nyans (i.e., Versions of the series mascot Jibanyan themed after jewels like sapphires and diamonds). In a game that seems this heavy on a "befriend em all" feel to its creatures, it feels disingenuous to hide them behind a paywall. One in particular, called Pandanoko, costs a RIDICULOUS amount of money.

All in all, though, "Yo-Kai Watch Wib Wob" is a fun game. The events the game hosts are fun, and the "Crank-a-Kai" is a tempting, fun gamble to unlock Yo-Kai. This game is good for a week or so, but then burnout can set in. Check it out and see if it's for you. 

Blog - Post Feedback Form
Your comment has been posted.   Close
Thank you, your comment requires moderation so it may take a while to appear.   Close
Leave a Comment
  • * Please enter your name
  • * Please enter a comment
  • Post
  • This is an awesome motivating article.I am practically satisfied with your great work.You put truly extremely supportive data. Keep it up. Continue blogging. Hoping to perusing your next post <a href="www.kingessay.co.uk/.../">do my homework</a>

  • This is an awesome motivating article.I am practically satisfied with your great work.You put truly extremely supportive data. Keep it up. Continue blogging. Hoping to perusing your next post

  • Yeah this is very Interesting article! Thank you for sharing them! I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone

  • This is a wonderful rousing article.I am for all intents and purposes happy with your awesome work.You put genuinely amazingly strong information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Planning to scrutinizing your next post

  • Alice Hill's recent articles have been totally amazing! I have gotten some amazing writemypaper4me review information from these articles and I will be grateful to Alice for all of that.

  • By this website we can get to know that we are able to get free imvu credits without any time wasting and it just one click away you need to just access imvu credits generator.

  • I like what they have done with Yo-Kai Watch Wib Wob. This is now one of the coolest game ever. Thanks a lot for bringing this information to our attention. I can hardly wait to read more of your posts.

  • I appreciate this work amazing post for us I like it.

  • My friend recommended this blog and he was totally right keep up the good work

  • NBA gaming. Get access to live codes and badges for nba gaming for free. Get some good hacking tool to generate free vc and grab many more related offers from nba. Thanks for sharing.

  • I was glad to be able to get information through an article on this web page. Good blog post. Very informative site. Keep it up. Great work.

  • I love following websites that feature restoration of an old stuff to as new one. It makes me feel that everything has still its value, This is a very useful blog. Keep Posting!

  • You do make an excellent point. Being positive without any concrete action is wishful thinking. On the other hand, being negative with concerted action can be self-defeating. Both healthy attitude (grounded in reality) and effective action are needed to maximize the possibility of good results.

  • The knowledge you share really changes me in life, I sincerely thank you for the things you have done, sure your blog will help more people. Sincerely thanks

  • Your article is awesome! How long does it take to complete this article? I have read through other blogs, but they are cumbersome and confusing. I hope you continue to have such quality articles to share with everyone! I believe a lot of people will be surprised to read this article!

Page 1 of 4 (53 items) 1234