Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

LQ: 9.45


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.5

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: , ,

Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are action role playing games where you take on the role of a young adult attending a Pokémon academy. On the way to your first day at the academy, you encounter a mysterious Pokémon who appears to be weakened and injured. After offering it your sandwich, a multipath adventure is opened to you. 

Players have the choice to explore the open world map and accomplish goals from three different story tracks. The player can go down Victory Road and earn all their gym badges by battling Pokémon trainers. They can also assist their classmate Arven with his project collecting herbs that heal Pokémon but also make them gigantic. And finally, you can assist the mysterious Cassiopeia in her quest to take down Team Star, a band of hooligan students who have assembled for reasons unknown. 

As the player explores the map they will encounter wild Pokémon which can be battled and caught. The player can create a core team or rotate their Pokémon in and out to help them gain experience, learn new moves, and even evolve. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet also features a new type of battle form called Terastilizing where the Pokémon has a crystal shell that can protect it and even give it abilities outside of its normal type. 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are rated E for Everyone and are available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet help kids practice and improve the following skills:

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

In order to compete one or all three of the paths in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the player needs to use their planning skills in a variety of ways. 

First, the player needs to plan out what goals they want to accomplish and in what order. For example, if the water gym has Pokémon around it that are level 30 and the player’s Pokémon are only at level 10, they might need to re-evaluate the order in which they visit the gyms. 

Planning is also important when it comes to resource management within the game. The player has two different types of currency that need to be balanced when purchasing things like pokeballs, potions, status effect cures, etc. The player can also take their Pokémon on a picnic where they eat sandwiches with different benefits, so the player needs to make sure that they have enough money to purchase ingredients, especially when they arrive in a town that carries a new type of food. 

Planning can also be used when managing Pokémon experience levels, moves, and evolutions. Players can craft items called TMs in this game, which allow Pokémon to learn new moves. The player needs to use their planning skills in order to make sure that they have enough ingredients to make the TMs and that they are assigning them to the best Pokémon for the job. 

Flexibility: Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Flexibility is also an important skill to have when trying to accomplish tasks within the game. As mentioned above, there will be times when the player finds that they are in an area that is too advanced for them. Rather than charging through, the player needs to be able to adapt and change their plans in order to find an activity that is more appropriate for their current skill level. 

Flexibility is also important when it comes to trying new things. There are classic Pokémon in this game as well as ones that are brand new to the franchise. Players can use their flexibility skills and try to select Pokémon that are not the same ones that they normally would choose.

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