Magikarp Jump Joins Lineup of Mobile Pokémon Games
Over the years, Pokémon has been trying to come up with new ways to create fun and exciting new games for Pokémon lovers to play. There have been a handful of different gaming formats including the 3DS and mobile device games such as Pokémon Sun & Moon and Pokémon Shuffle respectively.
Earlier this year, Pokémon released Magikarp Jump and has added it to the list of mobile Pokémon games playable on iOS and Android devices. In addition to mobile Pokémon games made by the Pokémon Company, there are also many fan made games that are also enjoyable.
If you haven’t heard of Magikarp Jump, then I suggest you head on over to the App Store or Google Play, depending on which kind of operating system you have, and give this game a try. I promise you that you won’t regret it, and in no time at all you will be hooked.
Magikarp Jump is a simple Pokémon game that seems more like an extended mini game. If you have ever played the mini games in the original Pokémon Stadium for Nintendo 64, then this game might hit a nostalgic cord with you.
Specifically, the mini game called Magikarp Splash where you have to make your Magikarp jump to hit a jump counter above it. You have to hit the counter as many times as possible in a given amount of time in order to win the mini game. That nifty little jump counter is featured in Magikarp Jump as well.
Pokémon Stadium’s Magikarp Splash Mini Game shown next to Pokémon Magikarp Jump
The object of the game is pretty simple. You have to fish up a Magikarp, train it, and make it compete in Leagues. In each League battle you will have to face off with another trainer and their Magikarp to see which Magikarp can jump higher.
You start off the game by meeting up with the Town Mayor by a pond that is full of lively Magikarp. He will tell you a story of how he used to train Magikarp and make them jump higher than any other.
After talking to him, he will find something in you that makes him think that you would be an awesome Magikarp trainer as well. He gives you a Very Old Rod and tells you to go and fish for a new Magikarp companion.
The Magikarp you fish up will be random and could come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They will also have different genders and can have varying levels of individuality and drive. All these aspects will affect how your Magikarp grows, trains and how well if will perform in the League battles.
Mayor Karp also gives you a Decoration for Magikarp’s pond. He gives you a “No Fishing” Sign and tells you how to place it in the pond. Each decoration has a different effect, and can help you advance in the game. The “No Fishing” Sign increases your max food number by 1.
Once you advance in the game you will receive more Decorations and can also purchase some Decorations for the pond as well. You can fit up to 3 Decorations in the pond at once, so choose the right combination for you and your Magikarp.
How To Train Magikarp
In the beginning, you won’t be able to train your Magikarp to all that high of a level, but as your trainer level increases, the level you can grow your Magikarp to will also increase. When you start out, your Magikarp will only be able to reach a max level of 10.
Once you have your new Magikarp friend, you will bring them to their new pond that they will call home. While swimming around in the pond, food in the form of Berries will appear in the pond. They will appear randomly throughout the day, and in varying types.
Magikarp can use these Berries as food and will earn Jump Points with each bite. Jump points will affect how high your Magikarp will jump during league battles, so you want them to be as high as possible.
All you have to do, is tap the Berries with your finger and Magikarp will chow down. Each Berry will increase your Magikarp’s Jump Points by a predetermined amount. Some Berries will increase Jump Points only a little, while others will increase them a lot.
As you progress in the game, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional types of Berries with higher Jump Point values. Additional Berry types will be unlocked and available for purchase as your trainer level increases to specific milestones.
You will also be able to purchase upgrades for each type of Berry you currently have available in your pond. When you purchase an upgrade for a Berry, the amount of Jump Points earned when eaten will increase.
After Magikarp eats up all of his Berries, you can send it off to do some training. Just click the training button and both of you will head out to do some training at a secure training location.
A thought bubble will appear over the trainers head and the images of the available training types will slide by. One training option will randomly be selected for you. Unfortunately, you do not have any choice in the training method that is chosen.
Next, the training begins. Unlike in Pokémon Stadium, you will not be able to control Magikarp and participate in the actual training exercise. This was a little bit of a let down, but I guess this makes it easier for all levels and ages of players to enjoy the game.
Magikarp will complete the training and will put in a randomly chosen level of effort. There is Good Effort, Great Effort and Amazing Effort. Each level of effort comes with a different amount of Jump Points as a reward. The more Effort Magikarp puts forth, the more Jump Points it will earn.
As you make your way through the game, different training exercises will be unlocked. Once unlocked, you can purchase new trainings as well as upgrade previously purchased trainings so you can beef up the Jump Points received.
You can have up to 3 Training Points at one time. Once you use a Training Point, it will take 30 minutes to replenish. Some Random Encounters, items and Support Pokémon may also be used to gain Training Points.
Random Encounters pop up sporadically after completing a training session or winning a League battle. These encounters vary widely in effects and rewards. Keep an eye out for these Random Encounters and log them all.
You would think that these Random Encounters would involve you winning a reward of some sort and that it could only be a good thing. Well think again! Some encounters come with important decisions.
For example, one Random Encounter is called “Out of Nowhere…” This event can pop up after completing some training with Magikarp. You decided to take the long way home to keep up with the great training and effort that Magikarp is dishing out.
During that walk with Magikarp, you come across a tree with very large Berries hanging from it. These Berries look like they will greatly increase Magikarp’s Jump Points if they are eaten.
You must choose whether or not to have Magikarp jump up and eat one of the Berries. If Magikarp succeeds, it will get a huge Jump Point boost. That is great if you really need to get those Jump Points higher so you can beat the League.
On the other hand, there is a possibility that when Magikarp jumps up to get a Berry that a Pidgeotto will swoop down and take your Magikarp. Once Pidgeotto gets your Magikarp that’s it. It’s never coming back and all the hard work you put in to train it will have been for nothing.
I know, because I have had this happen to me. 🙁 I try not to risk it too much when it comes to questionable events. Every once in a while I will go for it, but it’s better safe than sorry in my opinion.
I tend to be less likely to take chances like these when I have a special Magikarp like a Golden one, or one that has a pattern that I have never seen before. This way I can register all of the possible Magikarp patterns in the game.
Not all Random Encounters are risky though. For example another event called “Roddy Tackle” occurs randomly after completing any League battle. A fisherman appears and offers you and Magikarp some words of encouragement. He then gives you some coins to help keep you motivated.
Not all events are dangerous, and not all of them end in rewards. There are many different Random Encounters that can occur throughout the game. They can be unlocked by hitting milestones, like becoming a League Champion and showing Amazing Effort during training sessions.
Try to unlock every event and catch every different pattern of Magikarp to complete your records. There are also lots of different items that can be found, as well as decorations for your Magikarp’s pond. Try to find them all and train your Magikarp to beat all of the Leagues in Magikarp Jump.
Let me know what you think of Magikarp Jump. Whether you found it fun, cute or boring. Either way I want to hear from you. Also if you feel something should be added to the game to make it more enjoyable, I would love to hear your ideas.
Until next time……go fishing for Magikarp!