|a game by||Flying Tiger|
|Editor Rating:||5.8/10, based on 2 reviews|
|User Rating:||7.0/10 - 8 votes|
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|See also:||RPGs, Simulator Games, Pet Games, Digimon Games|
Marking Digimon’s first step into the world of videogames, Digimon World got the ball rolling for a franchise that still makes waves to this day. Fans of Pokemon, as well as the later entries in the Digimon World series will find a lot to enjoy in this late 90s Playstation game that has slowly earned a reputation as a cult classic.
Charming, Yet Difficult
The aesthetic of Digimon World is incredibly well realized, especially for a game that was released on the original Playstation. The graphics, while definitely old, are very well designed and manage to shine through the console’s limited hardware. Characters pop off the screen with a distinctive manga art style, and the Digimon creatures themselves are designed and animated in a way that the transition to 3D seems like a natural step.
But behind the visual pleasure, Digimon World is a tough grind that may surprise players, especially younger ones. First off, the evolution process is much different to the one featured in Pokemon, meaning that newcomers might find themselves lost at how the evolution actually works. Digimon have very short lifespans and reincarnate as eggs, meaning that players will be evolving and re-evolving their Digimon dozens of times over a playthrough. Digimon can only reach higher levels of evolution unless the player meets certain requirements, which are different for each and every Digimon.
Save File Island
Released before the Digimon Adventure anime first aired, Digimon World has its own unique story that sees players take the quest of saving File Island. As told by the leader of File City, Jijimon, the world once allowed Digimon to live in harmony, but now they live in segregation and their memories have been wiped. It’s up to you as the player, with one of the four available starter Digimon, to go forth and find Digimon to rebuild File City.
While seeing File City slowly get better and better infrastructure with more Digimon running around is incredibly satisfying, traversing the island is not. Fast travel is an option, but to do so costs significant amounts of currency and is only a one way trip. This means players can expect a lot of back and forth to various corners of the island ad nauseum.
Heavily inspired by the franchise’s origins as an unabashed Tamagotchi rip-off, Digimon World features pet management that is missing in other franchises like Pokemon. For example, each Digimon needs to eat, sleep, defecate, manage its weight and be treated for illness. Food types can satisfy your Digimon for different lengths of time, but certain foods like meat can increase their weight, while others like mushrooms can decrease their weight.
If left unwatched, these attributes can negatively affect Digimons’ evolution. In a style similar to Animal Crossing, this creates an atmosphere where the player is expected to repeatedly and regularly check up and maintain their relationship with their Digimon, at the risk that their performance will be severely impacted.
Like a mixture of Pokemon and a virtual pet simulator, Digimon World holds up surprisingly well. Missing the shackles of later installments that would rely heavily on the brand recognition of the Digimon Anime, Digimon World is a solid, stand-alone adventure that takes some of the best parts of pocket monsters and throws in an interesting mix of new ideas.
- Graphics and art style are fantastic for their age
- Classic entry in the Digimon series of games
- Fun, inventive monster designs and multiple evolutions
- Can be surprisingly difficult, especially for children
- Lots of pet management and pet simulation
- Traversing File Island is long, cumbersome and time-consuming
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I liked Tamagotchi when they came over from Japan, so it's not so much of a surprise to me that I enjoyed this monster-raising game. Digimon World takes the Tamagotchi theme and, using prerendered backgrounds and polygonal characters, makes an RPG out of it. Thrust into the world of File City, your character must save the world (naturally), using his collection of digital monsters. Anyone familiar with the Digimon roster will find all their familiar favorites here, v/hich is great for fans. Depending on how you raise, train and treat your Digimon, it may grow up to be an attentive, well-trained servant or a bratty, spoiled whiner. It's taken Bandai long enough to get Digimon World here, as this game is almost two years old, and it does show its age in terms of aesthetics, but that doesn't detract from the fun quotient at all. There are tons of Digimon to find and train, and the interface is clean and simple. It was a little slow at times, but I didn't mind the shortcomings so much because I love the character designs (like Angemon and Garurumon, and especially cute lil' Potamon) and found the theme of raising critters rewarding. The lack of analog control is unfortunate though, as the D-pad makes this a bit of a thumb-buster, but Digimaniacs certainly won't mind. Fans and other junior monster-breeders sick of Nintendo's critters will find an edgier alternative here. I find it an endearing RPG-lite.
Does your existence revolve around watching the Digimon TV show, collecting the figures and playing the card game? If so, maybe you'll be able to overlook all of this game's shortcomings. But if you could care less about the care and pampering of digital monsters, then forget this one. It's Tamagotchi with battles. Graphics? What graphics? While not the worst I've seen, they're nothing to get excited over. Gameplay isn't nearly as deep or involving as Pokemon and the load times are ridiculous--it takes forever to go from area to area and begin battles. Two years ago this might've been a decent PlayStation game.
Unless you're a Digimon freak of the highest proportion, the only endearing aspect of this game is the novelty of having monsters take a poop on screen once in a while. Otherwise, the characters are uninteresting, the game's pace is slow and the battle system...my god. What did I do to deserve this? You have almost zero control over combat once it begins. While you can give them the odd general order once in a while, you'll mostly be watching the screen helplessly. Unfortunately, too many of the battles break down to what looks like a staring contest between your Digimon and its attacker. The translation is sub-par as well. Avoid this junk.