Pokémon: Magikarp Jump Review | Mobile

Magikarp Jump is the latest Pokémon game on mobile and it’s the one I probably enjoy the least. Yes it features what is probably the most useless Pokémon in existence and yes the game itself is very cute with a rather pleasant art style, but I just don’t really see the point of it. The “game” itself has you raising Magikarps to compete in some kind of a Jump League to see whose Magikarp can jump the highest, but the actual jumping is just all to random to really be taken seriously.

Magikarp Jump is all about raising Magikarp and  training them to see how high you can make them jump. You have to catch Magikarp, feed Magikarp, and train Magikarp if you want them to win. Feeding consists of simple taps and training is the same way. Each allows Magikarp to gain experience and the higher its XP, the higher it’ll jump. There’s nothing really difficult to do in the game and much of it seems pretty random so there isn’t really any skill involved at all.

Most of the game plays more like a digital pet sim. You’re basically just raising Magikarp. Feed it, train it, decorate its habitat, and sometimes interact with other Pokémon. There are different kinds of Magikarp you can raise too, but the difference between them all is mainly in the way they look. I don’t think any particular Magikarp jumps higher than another. Again, jumping seems pretty random to me with no real way of controlling the height of their jumps.

As a digital pet app, I can kinda see where the appeal would be of Magikarp Jump, but as a game, I don’t really find much enjoyment with the whole jumping portion of it. Maybe this game is just a gag that gives us something to do  with this unloved and seldom used Pokémon.

With that said, I will say I did spend some time playing it and while I didn’t really see the point of Magikarp Jump, it’s a cute game that kids will enjoy if they want to raise their own pet Magikarp.

iTunes App Store Link: Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Google Play Link: Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Developer: The Pokemon Company
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: Yes



You can raise the ultimate Pokémon!

What is this world coming to?! It’s a Pokémon game all about the weakest Pokémon ever—Magikarp! Anyone can play this simple game in their spare time to create the most majestic Magikarp ever in this official Pokémon app!

What kind of Pokémon is Magikarp?
・ It’s famous—for being pathetically weak, unreliable, and generally useless.
・ It can’t learn any powerful moves—all it does is flop around and splash!
・ When it flops its way too high in the sky, it’s sometimes snagged by the Bird Pokémon Pidgeotto—never to be seen again!

Many surprising events lie in store for this pathetic Pokémon. But don’t worry—it’ll just keep on jumping until it can jump no more!

What kind of game is this?
● Simple controls let anyone easily raise many generations of Magikarp
Tap the food that appears on the screen to feed your Magikarp, or have it complete training to increase its Jump Power! It’s easy to do, and with each generation you raise, the next generation grows even faster!

● Discover all kinds of Magikarp to show your friends
In this app, you can fish up all kinds of Magikarp with unusual patterns like calico and polka dots! When you encounter a rare Magikarp, show it off to your friends on your social media networks!

● Pokémon like Pikachu and Piplup are here to help
A number of popular Pokémon can appear to help your Magikarp grow. Keep playing to find out which Pokémon you’ll befriend!

● Spruce up your pond with Decorations!
Spruce up the pond where you raise your Magikarp. You can make the pond of your dreams, and help your Magikarp grow faster, too!

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