Why You Should Play ‘Pocket Mortys’

Andrew Hawkins

If you love Rick and Morty and own a phone, you should definitely be playing Pocket Mortys right now. The new mobile game from Adult Swim Games has been around for a few weeks and fans (myself very much included) are loving it. And now is a great time to jump in: Adult Swim just pushed out a major update that allows players to collect even more Mortys while defeating Ricks from other dimensions. It’s sensational!

If you didn’t pick up on it from the trailer, Pocket Mortys is a Pokémon clone that puts you right into the world of the popular Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. You begin the game when an evil Rick from another dimension tries to capture your Morty. You then go to the Citadel of Ricks where you eventually learn to become a Morty trainer. It’s fun and addictive right from the start.

Pocket Mortys is a free-to-play download on iOS and Android, but don’t let that turn you off. This is not a F2P game that wants trick you out of your money. As you progress and level up, the difficulty gets harder (it is a game, after all), but you don’t have to pay a dime if you put in the time.

This shouldn’t be a problem, especially if you’re a Rick and Morty superfan. But even if you’re a casual viewer, let me convince you why you should download Pocket Mortys anyway.

The References

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Pocket Mortys is a reference machine. The game captures the humor and style of Rick and Morty perfectly, and if you’re even somewhat familiar with the show, you will be hit constantly with characters, dialogue, settings, and plot lines from multiple episodes. The game contains voices and effects taken directly from the series, and the soundtrack includes 8-bit versions of “Goodbye Moonmen” and “Get Schwifty.” You’ll encounter multiple aliens, and even Jerry pops up from time to time to fight you in trainer battles and ask you for help. The game works as an excellent companion to the show, and for fans of Rick and Morty this is a must play.

The Gameplay

Playing Pocket Mortys is simple and super addictive. You go through a quick tutorial and fight your way through trainer after trainer. The first big goal is to defeat the Council of Ricks and level up your Mortys to make them stronger. This is achieved by winning battles and using items.

Crafting is a major part of the game, so be prepared to combine items to create things like Time Crystals, Dark Matter Balls, Gwendolyn Dolls and Roy’s VR Headset. Anybody familiar with the series will laugh at how the items play into the game via fetch quests. It makes for an entertaining time while you advance, and it will absolutely make you want to rewatch the show.

All the Mortys

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As you go through the game fighting trainers and leveling up, you will encounter a ton of Mortys from other dimensions. It’s probably a safe bet that if you are a fan of the show, you’ve seen the episode “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” more times than you can count. Many of the Mortys that show up in this episode are featured in the game, including Cowboy Morty, Citadel Guard Morty and Hammerhead Morty. There are also Mortys that show up from other episodes like Cronenberg Morty from “Rick Potion #9” and Robot Morty from the opening credits sequence.

Once you beat the Council of Ricks, you are instructed to catch them all. Just that challenge alone will make you put in tons of hours of your time.

Achievements

If you’re a trophy hunter and you have to collect all the achievements a game has to offer, Pocket Mortys has plenty of ways for you to get your fix. The in-game rewards are earned first by defeating wild Mortys, other Ricks, and the Council Members. You get items to use, Schmeckles to spend, and tickets for the Blips and Chitz machines. As soon as you start using your earnings, the achievements begin. The more Ricks you defeat, the more badges you earn and the stronger your enemies become. This releases higher level Mortys into the wild that you can add to your Morty Deck.

In addition to the in-game achievements, iOS users can earn trophies via Game Canter, including ones given for defeating trainers and Council Members, capturing Mortys, leveling up, and combining to form stronger Mortys for your team.

Regular Game Updates

As I mentioned at the beginning, Adult Swim Games release the first game update recently, which included bug fixes, a way to finally capture Mascot Morty that had been missing from the game since launch, and 19 brand new Mortys to find and collect. Adult Swim has also promised that more updates are coming with even more Mortys to collect.

This is great news that guarantees plenty of fun is still to come, and fans are chomping at the bit to find out what’s next. Pocket Mortys isn’t going away any time soon, and that’s a great thing while we all wait eagerly for Rick and Morty Season 3 … whenever it comes out.


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Andrew Hawkins
Andrew Hawkins is a fan contributor at Fandom. He has been on the fan media scene since 2011. Arriving at Fandom by way of CHUD and GUY.com; Andrew loves Sci-Fi Horror movies and supervillains. His dislikes include jargon and presumption.
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