Pokemon Master Trainer 2001
Pokemon Master Trainer 2001
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It's an interesting phenomenon when the rule book for a movie's spin-off game is more elaborate and engaging than the script or production values of the movie itself. Yet that's exactly the case with the Pokémon Master Trainer game--based on the phenomenal-in-their-own-right Pocket Monsters of TV and cinema renown. In this colorful and involved retooling of myriad battle card games in which dice are rolled to determine characters' "special powers," aspiring trainers travel around the tri-paneled board and assemble their personal Pokémon platoon of POG-like discs that nestle into the board's indentations. Each disc represents one of 150 characters from the incredibly bountiful cast, and each is numbered with their Attack Strength and Power Point rating. By "Catching," "Trading," and "Fighting" their ever-changing roster, players attempt to reach Indigo Plateau with enough bonus strength to engage one of four Pokémon Masters in a final battle for victory. The rules are such that players aged 7 years and up will probably have their noses in the booklet for the first little while (the Evolution Bonus, which increases Attack Strength when certain combos of Pokémon are collected, rewards those familiar with Jynx and Jolteon's genealogy); others may want to keep the illustrated game box lid handy. Come to think of it, the lid is better drawn than the movies are. --Tony Mason
|Product Weight:||0.02 pounds|
|Package Length:||21.0 inches|
|Package Width:||10.6 inches|
|Package Height:||2.1 inches|
|Package Weight:||2.6 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 59 reviews|
Includes ALL 250 Pokemon Characters!
|Average Customer Review: ( 59 customer reviews )
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166 of 169 found the following review helpful:
Pokemon Master Trainer Board Game Dec 04, 1999
The Pokemaon Master Trainer Board game is a lot of fun for the Pokemon fanatic. We do not have the electronic Pokemon games. If we did, I suspect that the enjoyment of this board game would be somewhat diminished. Our 7 year old is a Pokemon lover and mastered the rules quickly. He plays at least twice a week and would play more if he could find a willing opponent. The game exercises some basic math skills and requires the use of some minor amounts of logic and strategy. Which brings us to the downside of this game. It usually takes in excess of two hours to play the game. It also has a lot of gamepieces, cards, etc. to get lost. However the game is well made and fairly durable.
102 of 104 found the following review helpful:
Educational, fun, for kids and parents! Aug 18, 1999
This game is complicated to learn, but is alot of fun for kids and adults too. My son is 4 1/2, and it really is great to play the Pokemon battles with him, helps me know what he's talking about, and also the game requires alot of math skills--dice, adding numbers, recognizing both numerals and dice spots--which offers a great educational opportunity. You can also play simplified versions of the game by creating your own "rules" and leaving out certain aspects of the game. Playing with 3-4 people and following all the rules equals about an hour-and-a-half to two hour game...which kept my son's attention! You need to keep track of all the pieces, though, don't let kids carry them around the house, or they will get lost. My son's six year old friend loves it, though her 3 1/2 yr old brother got too frustrated (unable to count, throw the dice, etc. ) The age level on the game says 7+ but if your child is 4+ and knows numbers and how to count, and is familiar with playing games and taking turns, they should do ok. Young ones-- or any kids at first-- may need the parent going over the rules "tutoring" play as it goes along. It's alot of fun, though--and never the same twice.
113 of 118 found the following review helpful:
Very fun and easy to change the rules for more fun Nov 25, 1999
I played this game with my 6 year old daughter and 9 year old son and we had a great time! Pretty long instructions so make sure your kids are in the right mood to listen before you play. Midway through the game we changed the rules, my kids seemed more interested in collecting the pokemon and cheering for each other and less interested in doing battles with each other. They didn't fight and played for over two hours happily! Recommended for long vacations and cold winter days.
57 of 57 found the following review helpful:
Great Nov 13, 1999
My kids love this game. My 6 year-old has a quick temper and my 10 year old likes to be the boss all the time. This is the only game in our house that they can actually play for more than 20 minutes without fighting.I timed them once and they were on the floor playing for 21/2 hours-without fighting.This is the first thing I have ever heard them actually have a conversation about,asking questions and giving helpful answers to each other.It has been a great help to my youngest in math and reasoning. It is a lot of fun to sit and watch them play and watch them think. I actually think I can see the wheels turning!
72 of 74 found the following review helpful:
great for 4 friends to play when they have a couple hours Nov 13, 1999
My 6 year old brother got this for his birthday. We all liked it right away, but it did take a while to figure out and takes a couple hours to play. I recommend it for kids ages 6 to 15. Don't play it on a school day because it takes too long and you can never finish it! We will have a lot of fun with it over the winter holiday. The best thing about it is that when you get this game you get 150 Poke'mon pogs!
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