Pokemon Rumble Rush was first announced as Pokeland back in 2017, as the continuation of the Pokemon Rumble series of beat-'em-up games for the Wii and the Nintendo 3DS. These included the original 2009 Pokemon Rumble, then Pokemon Rumble Blast, Pokemon Rumble U, and Pokemon Rumble World. After over two years in development, the game is now back in the Pokemon Rumble series. The Pokemon Company confirmed the new entry with a soft launch first available exclusively in Australia via Google Play for Android mobile devices. According to the announcement, the iOS version and full worldwide release will arrive shortly.
In Pokemon Rumble Rush players will assume the role of a fearless adventurer tasked with discovering new islands and the various Pokemon that inhabit each area. Each island is crawling with hordes of enemy Pokemon standing in your way. By tapping the screen, your Pokemon will rush in and attack each oncoming wave of enemy Pokemon. Each encounter includes a chance that one or more Pokemon will befriend a player and in turn use those Pokemon in future battles. The islands also feature Super Boss fights, and players who emerge victorious will have the chance to get items to power up their Pokemon.
Players will also have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of Pokemon, including Legendary and Mythical species, as they play Pokemon Rumble Rush. Exploration may also lead to a previously undiscovered stage, which players can name. During exploration, a hint function might display the Pokemon species that inhabit that area, and when players view a map of an island, they might also see hot air balloons floating by. Tapping a hot air balloon will allow players to try a stage that other adventurers have already discovered, but it also means they might encounter Pokemon that they haven't found yet.
Fans should note that this is not the other mobile Pokemon game announced by The Pokemon Company last week, which is being developed by DeNA. Pokemon Rumble Rush is developed by Ambrella, who also made Magicarp Jump.
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