Digimon Links Review: A Game for Digimon Fans
- Name: Digimon Links
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Genre: RPG
- Price: Free, with IAPs
- Installed size: 822 mb
- Best played in short-medium sessions
- Minor bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: No
What is Digimon Links?
Digimon Links (Digimon Linkz is the Japanese version, Digimon Links is the English version) is the latest in a long line of gacha games released by Bandai Namco. In Links, players “capture” various Digimon through the game’s gacha system and then go out and battle in 3 vs 3 turn based combat. In the game’s single player mode each Digimon has their own turn and AP (mana) pool, and players choose the target of the upcoming attack and whether or not an AP consuming skill will be used. In the game’s co-op mode, 3 players each take one of their Digimon into battle against the AI. Battles play out in pretty much the same way, with the big exception that all players share the same AP pool.
Outside of combat, each player in Digimon Links is given their own farm, which acts as their hub for the game’s non-combat activities. Players can decorate the farm, put up facilities, and upgrade some of their buildings. They can also grow meat in their meat field, which is then used to level up their Digimon. There is also a wide array of different upgrades and ways to power-up, evolve, or otherwise improve a player’s Digimon.
Digimon Links is a free to play gacha game and that comes with aspects that some people will certainly not like. Yes, new Digimon can be acquired through the use of premium currency bought with real money. And yes, that premium currency can also be used in a variety of other ways to give players an advantage over those who do not spend money on the game. That is to be expected given the genre, and this review reflects that.
There are two important parts to Digimon Links, combat and Digimon growth/improvement. Unfortunately, only one of those is deep and interesting, and it is not combat. Players are given a choice of three skills each time one of their monsters’ turn comes up. That is about all there is to the combat, yes there are status ailments, elemental advantages, and small things like that, but they do not stop the combat system from feeling a bit shallow.
On the other side, there is a lot of content dedicated to improving a player’s Digimon. They can of course be leveled and evolve, where players are given a choice of what their Digimon will evolve into. But beyond that there are optional chips that can be installed to improve a particular monster, breeding, resist upgrades, research, and more.
Digimon Links is a Digimon themed gacha game. If you are a fan of Digimon, and have no objection to gacha mechanics, then this is a game that is absolutely worth a download. If you are looking for a deep RPG with a rich story, this game is not for you.