Have you ever wondered what all those Yo-kai get up to while your tucked away in your warm, cozy bed? Sure, some may try to inspirit your dreams, or make you want to go number one in the middle of your slumber, but what about all the others? Some get up to no good in Nate’s neighbourhood, but others form the infamous Yo-kai Watch Blasters, fighting crime in Terror Time!
YO-KAI WATCH Blasters: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad
Nintendo 3DS Family Systems
Developed by Level-5
Published by Nintendo
Released: 7th September 2018
Review copy provided by Nintendo
Screenshots/Art Courtesy of Nintendo
Missions will usually involve defeating a certain amount of yo-kai, or a specific yo-kai, though every once in a while you may need to fight a big yo-yai boss, like Gutsy Bones. Luckily, throughout your adventure, you’ll get chances to befriend even more yo-kai, expanding your supernatural entourage. There are more than 300 to befriend (more than 400 if you have the free White Rabbit Crew expansion installed).
There are four different classes of Yo-kai to bear in mind when creating your move-out group: Fighter, Ranger, Tank, and Healer. The fighter is good at close range combat, rangers are good at ranged combat, tanks are great as a line of defence, and healers… well, heal. It is very important to try and use a yo-kai from each class and utilise their strengths.
There are plenty of other ways to get a bit of help at your home base… which seems oddly familiar to a base of a spectral buster of some kind. You can go to Happiere to swap out your yo-kai, Nekidspeed can level up or evolve your yo-kai, you can craft stat enhancing equipment with Signiton, and more.
If your yo-kai are at a high level and you are still having difficulties completing a mission, you are also able to play the mission co-operatively either locally or online. Let’s be honest, a human player is more like to take evasive action from Gutsy’s capsule machine than your AI players. Though the game doesn’t include voice chat, you can use a range of different pre-determined messages to communicate with your mates or even use the distress button on your map.
The gameplay can become a bit repetitive at times, more-so during the beginning chapters. Luckily, due to the nature of the 3DS system, I barely noticed this as it is great for short bursts with missions usually lasting about 15 minutes… I do admit however there have been times I’ve been playing until the unsociable hour of 4am on several occasions.
Downloading the free Moon Rabbit Crew expansion will also unlock even more goodies. Not only do you get a bunch of new post-story missions, new yo-kai to befriend, as well as new areas to explore, there are also a couple new modes. I’ll leave that up to you to explore for yourself (or you can just look at the YO-KAI WATCH Wiki). Either way, they are quite a bit of fun!
YO-KAI WATCH Blasters: Red Cat Corps/White Dog Squad is very different from the mainline games, but it’s a nice deviation for those who wish to play something a bit different but love the yo-kai world. True, the gameplay does run the risk at getting a tad repetitive at times, I feel there is enough varied content to keep you going… and there is a lot of content! Who doesn’t like beating up hoards of bad guys anyway, especially supernatural badies.
As you can probably tell, there are two versions of YO-KAI WATCH Blasters. Other than a couple very small story tweaks, the only real difference is that each version has around 50 exclusive yo-kai, as well as a couple exclusive bosses. You are however, able to access all content in any version as long as you play with people using the opposite version as you, you can even trade exclusive yo-kai medals.
Final Rating – 4 out of 5
YO-KAI WATCH Blasters: Red Cat Corps/White Dog Squad is out now exclusively for Nintendo 3DS Family Systems.