What is Coromon?
In the world of monster-taming games, Coromon holds a special status. The success of Pokémon and Digimon, the undisputed originators of the phenomenon, has inspired many imitators, but few have become as popular and widespread as Coromon.
Coromon’s gameplay admittedly takes a lot from its Pokémon inspirations. Much of the game involves the same sort of tasks that constitute a Pokémon game: you explore a large map as you catch various creatures and battle enemies. While some people believe the relatively few differences between Coromon and Pokémon aren’t enough to make Coromon a true innovator, others think that new touches, like the ability to choose your difficulty level, are fresh enough to prove Coromon’s worth.
Regardless, there’s no doubt that Coromon has left its mark and will likely be relevant for years to come. If you’re a fan of games like Pokémon and haven’t yet checked this one out, it’s well worth the time. Keep reading to learn about the basics of the game, including its setting and backdrop, types of Coromon, and more!
The world of Coromon
Coromon takes place in the world of Velua. Your character has teamed up with the global research society Lux Solis and been assigned to the Titan Taskforce, a group tasked with investigating the six Titans on Velua.
But, as you soon find out, a new problem arises: “soon you find extraterrestrial forces bringing a mysterious elemental type to your planet, causing the fundament of the world to slowly collapse”. The responsibility of gathering the Titan Essences in order to fix the damage then falls on your shoulders. This serves as the backdrop to the more mundane tasks of capturing animals and defeating enemies in battle.
Types of Coromon
You may be wondering, how many species of Coromon are there? Indeed, it’s important to know about each type of Coromon as well as their strengths and weaknesses in order to perform well in the battles.
There are 8 elemental types of Coromon according to the Coromon wiki: Normal, Electric, Ghost, Sand, Fire, Ice, Water, and Dark Magic. To emerge victorious from battles in this game, a thorough understanding of each type’s advantages and disadvantages is essential. Some types are twice as effective attacking a particular other type, for example, while others receive double damage when attacked. You can assess the suitability of any type for battle by consulting the Type Chart displayed below.
The types of Coromon also differ according to their skill type. There are also 6 skill types: Magic, Foul, Heavy, Air, Poison, and Cut. These skill types determine how effective a Coromon’s skill will be against another, and it’s an important factor to consider when heading into battle.
This is a part of the game that those who are Pokémon fans will easily recognize. In order to advance in Coromon, you’ll need to complete quests. Quests are tasks or challenges that provide the player with a variety of rewards when completed. You may for example receive 2 oki fruit or teleport access to the site of the following level. These are typically given by NPCs, or non-playing characters, of which Coromon has many.
All in all, there are six kinds of quests, as is featured below:
- Battle Quests require the player to battle a certain Coromon or Trainer.
- Capture Quests require the player to venture into the wild and catch a Coromon.
- Fetch Quests require the player to locate and bring an item for the NPC.
- Puzzle Quests require the player to solve a puzzle.
- Quiz Quests require the player to answer questions correctly.
- Talk Quests require the player to talk to a NPC.
Similar to Pokémon, your Coromon evolves and grows throughout the course of the game. Most frequently, evolution occurs right after a battle, when you’ve achieved the required level to evolve. Some Coromon, however, have specific requirements in order to evolve. In order to evolve from Slitherpin to Serpike, for example, you must faint from the heat in the Scorching Sands with Slitherpin as your leading party member.
In some ways, the process of evolution is different between types. Some types have two evolutionary stages while others have three and Titans don’t evolve at all. However, for all types, you’ll know that it has evolved when you see that its stats increase suddenly but its level stays the same. After that, you’ll see the Coromon growing larger and possibly acquiring some additional features, like a horn.
Both critical and user reception has thus far been relatively positive. Many have praised the game for the vast extension of its universe which allows for a high level of replayability. Others like that the difficulty level can be adjusted, giving each gamer the chance to decide how hard they want it.
Naturally, there was also some negative feedback. Some were of the opinion that Coromon copies too much from the Pokémon franchise without succeeding in innovating or improving the gameplay experience, and others simply found the game boring. These critics don’t claim that Coromon is a carbon copy of Pokémon, as differences in features like leveling up and stamina prove that false. Rather, they feel that these were minor tweaks that did little to show that Coromon had improved upon the original material.
At the end of the day, what one person likes about a game is precisely what someone else can’t stand. As is evidenced by Coromon’s high esteem in the Pokémon-like genre, there are enough people that adore this game to make it well worth checking out.
In the realm of Pokémon-like games, Coromon has deserved its reputation as one of the best out of a sea of Pokémon and Digimon imitations. The minor tweaks made to a game on the whole very similar to its inspirations improve on the experience, even if the improvements are not as great as some would hope. Coromon hasn’t dethroned Pokémon, but it doesn’t have to: it’s a game well worth playing on its own merits.
Matthew is a freelance content writer whose work has previously appeared in well-known language-learning blog Fluent in 3 Months and The Happy Self-Publisher. His creative work has also appeared in Otoliths, CafeLit, and the Eunoia Review. He is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan, where he is studying for a master's degree in Chinese Literature.