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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Temtem is a role-play game like Pokemon but played online against loads of other players. You collect and train Temtem creatures (of which there are 161) while exploring the world. You encounter other creatures controlled by human or computer players and battle them.

You take on the role of a novice Temtem tamer on their journey to the different floating islands of the Airborne Archipelago. You must face the threat of Clan Belsoto, an evil organisation with a plot to take over the islands by force.

While there are similarities with Pokemon, Temtem is a more complex and nuanced game not least with the online play. You can customise your character with all sorts of outfits. You can breed different Temtems in a complex genetic system that, once understood, can lead to stronger Temtem with special abilities.

The online nature of the game not only lets you battle other players but also team up to go on co-operative adventures together. You can trade items with other players. There's an emote system to communicate with other players without direct text chat. However, it's worth noting that players can friend other people and send direct messages back and forth.

Temtem is out now on PC. It's coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Temtem Nintendo Switch is also planned for 2021, which is a little odd as TemTem isn't coming to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 21/01/2020

Platforms: PC, PS5, Switch and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Play Temtem (@PlayTemtem)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. TemTem is an online game do doesn't have a hard end, although it does have a story. It will evolve over time and can be played for many hours.
 
Players: You can play this with 100 players online. The numbers of players you play with varies depending on the server you are using.

CostsCosts

Temtem usually costs £32.99 to £49.99.
 

Temtem

PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99

Temtem: Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £49.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 5.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox Series X|S. You can purchase cosmetic items for your character by purchasing in-game currency with real money, as well as earning the currency while playing. Battle Passes grant access to additional levelling system for a seasons, with special rare cosmetic items.,

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In addition to the official rating, the developer notes that there are words like "Damn" and "Hell" in the dialogue. The violence is cartoon-like with flashes rather than blood.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox Series X|S.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 5.

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