Whilst there’s some obvious similarities, Temtem is much more than a diluted version of Pokémon. While Temtem openly states that it has looked to the popular Pokémon franchise as its main inspiration, the game’s biggest differences lie hidden in the game mechanics, modes, and details. For starters, the game is fully co-op compatible, allowing players to engage in dual combats with or against friends. You can also create a character and completely customise it to your liking, and you also have the option to build your own house and furniture once you get stuck into the game.
But what makes Temtem unique in my eyes are its combat mechanics. Most battles in the Temtem world are fought in a 2v2 setup rather than the one-on-one format traditionally used in Pokémon’s single player mode. Added to this, Temtem come equipped with stamina bars rather than a cap on specific moves. In Temtem’s combat, every move a Temtem uses will consume a certain amount of stamina and, often, the stronger the move, the more stamina it will consume. When your stamina bar is depleted, you’ll either have to give your Temtem time to recharge, or swap it for another one from your party.