Ah Rick and Morty, what a fantastic show you are. Though what’s not fantastic is the year and a half wait for new episodes. I get that there needs to be more time to produce new episodes and whatnot, but don’t leave us hanging like that! For the time being, we have Pocket Mortys to hold us over. So, is this the Rick and Morty mobile game we’ve been waiting for, or is it just a lame attempt to keep the show relevant until season 3 comes? Let’s grab our Mortys and find out!
Story & Characters:
Assumingly sometime during the events of Season 2, Rick is working on a device called the Morty Pad, which allows him to get information on any alternate versions of Morty he might encounter. While working on this, they find out that there is an increasing rate of Mortys being seperated from their Ricks. The Council of Ricks think it’s Rick’s fault for these occurances, so now he’s trapped in a different dimension with trainers battling Mortys, and he must catch enough Mortys and earn enough badges to defeat all the council members and make it back home.
You may be thinking that this premise sounds an awful lot like Pokemon‘s concept and that this is basically a ripoff. Well, yes and no. While it does have a ton of similarities and concepts from the Pokemon games, it makes up for it with the charm and wit of the television series. The humor and dialogue is pretty close to the style of the series and the throwbacks to previous episodes are a nice treat, so fans coming in for the Rick & Morty experience will not be disappointed. The characters also act very close to how they do in the television series, with Rick being the drunken mad scientist and Morty being the overly-worried grandson. The NPCs aren’t really much to write home about, as they just sort of do their own thing and aren’t very memorable after you get done talking to them. But overall, if you’re expecting something similar to the TV series, that’s exactly what you’re going to get, and it is pretty great.
Given how the premise is almost exactly like Pokemon, it should go without saying that the gameplay is pretty similar too. Your Mortys get four moves each for battle, they fight in turn-based maches against other Mortys, and they gain experience points and eventually level up after defeating a Morty. The only difference is that there are only three types of Mortys instead of the variety of types you’d get in Pokemon, those being rock, paper, and scissor types. Despite being a slightly dumbed-down version of Pokemon, I actually found Pocket Mortys‘s gameplay to be pretty enjoyable. It requires you to learn about all the different strengths and weakness of all the different Mortys in order to properly build your team. Yeah, the strategy of the game might not be as complex as, say, Pokemon, but it’s still pretty addictive to fight and capture Mortys nontheless.
In terms of visuals, there’s not much to say. It uses the same visual style as the show with a top-down perspective to match the style of an old-school JRPG. If you like the show’s style, you’ll probably like this as well. The voice acting is also the same as it is in the show, with Rick and Morty keeping their voice actors for the game. The soundtrack uses instrumental versions of recognizable songs from the show, such as “Get Schwifty”, “Goodbye Moonmen”, and many others. Fans of the show will be pleased to hear so many fan favorite songs being used in the soundtrack, and if I were to be completely honest, I kind of got excited when I heard these songs in the soundtrack, even if they are instrumental. If you like any of the songs that were in the show, then you’ll definitely be pleased with the soundtrack.
Overall, while Pocket Mortys might not be the most complex or strategic turn-based RPG on the market, it’s some nice fanservice for the fans of the show. If you like the show, you’ll at the very least least like the recognizable characters, fan-favorite songs, and small nods to past episodes. It also helps that the gameplay is actually kind of addicting, so even if you’re not a fan of the show, it’s still a good way to kill a few minutes when you’re bored. Plus, it’s free, so even if you don’t like it, you’ll at least be glad that you didn’t waste any money on it. I quite reccomend it if you love Rick and Morty and you need something to hold you over until Season 3 comes out.