Pokemon TCG Online Open Beta

As a fan of the Pokemon Trading Card Game when I was a kid, and putting way too many hours into the excellent Game Boy Color version I have been checking up on this online version for some time. It’s now in open beta allowing anyone to join in on the Pokemon fun.

You get to pick a starter deck, the usual water, fire or grass type choice. There’s Trainer Challenge, a league type mode against AI opponents with various decks. You work your way up the ranks, getting achievements and new cards along the way. Once you’ve done the Trainer Challenge, or even right away, you can move onto playing online opponents. I’ve yet to give that a spin so unsure how well that works.

The game looks pretty swish, and if you find the animations annoying they can be disabled. The difficulty can also be scaled to suit as well, in case you’re having trouble. Which would be part of my main issue with the game in its current state. With no Deck Builder in place yet you have to use one of the default decks, which may not be to your liking and can make battles difficult. And as with most betas it does have its regular buggy issues, sometimes failing to load the whole game, or freezing up on the start screen. As the open beta storms on towards a proper release I expect the site to become more stable, and features like the deck builder to unlock. I imagine that the full site will use some kind of micro-transaction model to purchase additional cards.

If you’ve not played the Pokemon TCG in years, like me, and want to scratch that itch then this is just what the doctor ordered.


Pokemon Trading Card Game Online

By Dean Bowes

Founder of the site. Based in Britian I'm primarily a PC gamer, looking to spread my wings to the best the games industry has to offer.


    1. You can build your own deck form scratch, you’re options are limited unless you by real life decks/booster packs and redeem the code cards they contain however. But after completing the Trainer’s Challenge single-player league thingy with the basic grass, fire and water decks I know can take my pick of all 3 and the basic electric.

  1. You’re correct, the gameboy colour Pokemon Trading Card Game was SO awesome. I’ll be checking this out at some point too.

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