Temtem Review

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Posted: 8 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Temtem is a role-play game like Pokemon but played online against loads of other players. You collect and train Temtem creatures 9of 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/01/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | Series S.

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

Developer: @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

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

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.,

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox Series X | Series S. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 5.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

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.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap Game Menu Access: You can remap buttons to pause and access game menu.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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