Welcome Time Wasters!
My time wasting this week was interrupted. Alia and I have been traveling to visit her sick grandmother and it all happened a bit suddenly. Due to that, long-time readers will notice this piece go up later than normal. That’s because I’m only just now typing it up. Luckily, I’ve been nursing Digimon ReArise over the last couple of months.
Honestly, I wasn’t even sure if I was ever going to get around to reviewing Digimon ReArise. I love me some Digimon, but this game was never really pulling me in. There’s a few reasons for that, but let’s start with the story.
Digimon ReArise has players taking on the role of a player caught up in an event where Digimon are crossing over to the real world. That’s pretty standard as far as Digimon goes. This time around, though, people are getting pulled into a strange digital space. There’s also data copies of Digimon running around an causing havoc.
Our main character is saved by his Digimon partner crossing over to the real world via his smartphone. I like this at it ties in with using my smartphone to play the game. There’s even a little Digivice widget to put on your phone, which is a cool idea, but lacks in features.
The gameplay in Digimon ReArise has players taking on enemies in turn-based battles. They get to take a full party of Digimon in with them. Leveling up is one of the main ways to get stronger, but of course we have to talk about Digivolution.
Players can Digivolve their Digimon, but only after requirements are met. This not only means reaching a certain level, but doing other things as well. This includes training their stats in different ways, such as in different gyms. This reminds me a lot of Digimon World 3 and it’s gym training for different Digivolutions. The downside here is that there are plenty of Digimon that lack their full Digivolution lines. So some can’t reach their Mega levels.
It’s also not too difficult to obtain different Digimon. Sure, there’s microtransactions all over the place, but I was able to fill my team up with some iconic Digimon without having to spend a dime. There also aren’t any advertisements in the game, which is another bonus,
The visuals in Digimon ReArise look great. It always amazes me having such detailed 3D models on a smartphone when I think back to playing Game Boy games as a kid. There’s also plenty of flair for special attacks and other elements in the game.
When it comes to the audio, Digimon ReArise gets some things right. That includes fun music and sound effects. The voice acting is a bit more iffy. Herissmon, the main partner Digimon, has one of the most annoying voices in existence. However, many others are well done. Truthfully, it’s just nice to see an English dub in a smartphone game.
Overall, Digimon ReArise is a good way to waste some time for Digimon fans. It won’t appeal to everyone, but it does enough to warrant checking out. The fact that players don’t have to spend money on it is great and I”m always fond of mobile games without ads.
Digimon ReArise earns 3.5 GiN Gems out of 5!