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Temtem (stylized temtem) is a massively multiplayer creature collection game by Spanish developer Crema. It is currently in development, having had a kickstarter recently posted, with Early Access being released in January 21, 2020 following a November 2018 closed alpha. The kickstarter achieved its goals in under 48 hours. The developers themselves on their YouTube trailer refer to it as inspired by Pokémon, and mechanically it is extremely similar, featuring aspects such as level-based multi-phase evolution, limited move sets, battling and capturing wild temtems in the grass, and more.

Where it differs, however, begins with the fact that it is massively multiplayer — a realm that creature collection games in general seldom tread. Other noteworthy differences currently seem to be a competitive wishlist, including a Nuzlocke mode, having purely predictable damage calculations, an expedited breeding system, a competitive banning system to counter overuse, and more.


Tropes for temtem include:

  • all lowercase letters: temtem as a title is stylized entirely in lowercase, but this doesn't seem to translate anywhere else in the game.
  • Ascended Fanfic: Nuzlocke (a Self-Imposed Challenge invoked run in mainline Pokémon games) is made an official mode.
  • Bizarro Universe: The 0.7.2 update introduced the Highbelow, a reflection of an alternate universe where the Congress are evil, Clan Belsoto are good, and everyone's name is backwards.
  • Captain Ersatz: Several temtems are direct analogues of their first-gen Pokémon counterparts — this also extends to Professors (Doctors, in temtem), Pokémon Centers, Gyms (Dojos, here), Gym Leaders, a Team Rocket (also led by a shadowy gangster hellbent on world domination), a dickhead rival, and elemental types. For example, the Gyarados equivalent is also a sea serpent.
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  • Cast from Hit Points: Temtem without enough stamina to perform the chosen battle technique on a given turn will do this, suffering "overexertion" which results in a cost of 2 HP for every point of stamina overdrawn, as well as the inability to act on the following turn. Certain species may have traits that prevent self-KO via overexertion, or allow immediate action on the following turn despite overexertion.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: The whole story is being playable as two-player co-op.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Several Tamers you encounter have access to Temtem you don't have access to for several more islands (such as Hocus and Oree, which aren't obtained early on) or Temtem that are underleveled (Kalabyss, whose Toxic type is good for a synergy attack). Perhaps the most egregious is Sparzy, an Electric Temtem that counters both Wind and Water (which is nearly every Temtem the player could tame by that point), is only weak to one of the three starters, and is unobtainable until much much later.
  • Convection Schmonvection: There are various people casually walking and fighting inside Anak-Volcano, an active Volcano, with veins of lava flowing next to the pathways. The heat doesn't seem to bother the protagonist, the tamers or even Clan Belsoto at all.
  • Crapsack World: The Xolot Reservoir. The water is infested with acid that destroys boats, the island is covered in a noxious shroud causing all inhabitants to wear gasmasks. And should you ever find yourself lost in this area, scavengers are just waiting to take your belongings...
  • Creature-Breeding Mechanic: Stats are inherited from the parents, of course, but this game introduces the concept of genetic degradation. This is likely intended to reduce grinding.
  • Crystal Landscape: Tucma is dotted with giant crystals and crystalized trees. Because of this, its economy revolves around mining.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: There's a lot that's different from Pokémon titles (both new and old):
  • Darker and Edgier: While the game is still very whimsical, Clan Belsoto are much more vicious than Team Rocket or even much of the criminal Teams in most Pokémon adaptations, with the torture and mutilation of various temtem at the hands of a Mad Scientist and the outright warfare and murder committed by General X. Several characters also threaten to kill the PC.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: There are 12 elementsnote  which each have 1-4 strengths and weaknesses.
  • Expy: Following from Captain Ersatz, some designs use their Pokémon equivalents as jumping-off points — the Scyther counterpart, for example, still has giant blades for hands, but is a Crystal type (the Rock equivalent).
  • Expository Theme Tune: Being inspired by Pokémon and its ilk, the theme song heavily resembles early-2000s English-dubbed anime openings that explain how the world works - in this case, Temtem's focus and creature battles.
  • Final Death Mode: In Nuzlocke mode, when a temtem faints, it is gone for good.
  • Fishing Minigame: The second Content Update for Kisiwa introduced this, along with a weekly mission, where players must fish for a perfectly matching Koish.
  • Happily Adopted: Through dialogue, the PC mentions that Aina is actually their foster mother, though they seemed to have lived a pretty good life with her. Happiness averted slightly if the player answers 'It's complicated.' when referring to their relationship with Aina.
  • A Homeowner Is You: There are player houses which can be customized.
  • Hu Mons:
    • The Houchic line are humanoids with octopus tentacles for hair.
    • Hocus and Pocus are purple-skinned humanoids with Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Hamijo, who has been experimenting on temtems to create a new type by hybridising others and electrocuting them. Thankfully, you can force him out of his lab and adopt his latest experiment.
  • Nature Equals Plants: The Nature type encompasses plants. In the game's setting, it's associated with the jungles of Omninesia in contrast to its volcano.
  • Never Say "Die": Surprisingly averted for this genre. Although many Temtems will just be K.O'd upon losing all of their health, there is one point in the story where you get stranded in the Xolot Reservoir. The noxious island is full of thieves and scavengers. One will threaten to outright kill you, by dissolving your body in the acid water.
  • Nintendo Hard: The Dojo Masters are said to be the strongest tamers of their respective island. The initial fight against each of them in the story is already quite challenging, but the rematches push it even further, making use of the competitive-styled pick & ban format.
  • Mons Series: The sole focus of temtem is to collect and battle monsters.
  • Pattern-Coded Eggs: Eggs can be obtained by breeding two compatible Temtem. The egg design is not specific to the individual Temtem, but is based on its elemental type (water eggs are blue with a wave design, fire eggs are pale orange with a flame design, etc.)
  • Player Versus Player: Requires consent from both parties. Has an option that (with limitations) allows players to ban two of their opponent's mons.
  • Pun-Based Creature: Zizare is quite literally a wyrm; it's a giant earthworm with draconic features.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric type moves are this, as is to be expected, including chaining lightning around the entire battlefield and calling down a flurry of lightning bolts.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Kickstarter trailer included two players, Fry and Leela, joining forces for a cooperative battle.
    • Trainers are referred to as Tamers, much like Digimon.
    • Monsters are kept in cards.
    • A tamer named Olayinka in the Chini Grotto resembles Korra.
  • Stylistic Suck: The animated intro features a cheesy, uplifting 4Kids-esque song extremely reminiscent of late-nineties/early 2000s dubs aimed at kids, with cliches like lyrics heavy on temtem lingo ("temtem up!") and an optimistic, bright tone, as befitting of its general tribute to the Mons series.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Lady Lottie seems to believe this is the state of the world, giving anyone who is not in her direct employ derisive speeches and dismissing them, believing that she's too fancy and important to be interrupted by the "peasants" such as the player and local Dojo Masters.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Lady Lottie really likes tea. Upon arriving anywhere, her first demands of the locals involve tea. Her diary bemoans the lack of it on just about every page.
  • Volcano Lair: Clan Belsoto turned the volcano in Omnesia into this, resulting in it erupting unexpectedly while they experiment with temtem creation.
  • Water Is Womanly: Denizan mythology prominently features the Sea Queen, a goddess-like figure who lived in the Sillaro River.
  • Wham Episode: Kisiwa. Approaching this island reveals that Clan Belsoto have invaded the entire place. Arriving there shows they have taken the largest city and the resistance are barely holding out. The attacks are constant and out in the desert the patrols are everywhere. As the player helps attempt to liberate the island, we're treated to our first appearance of General X, who openly orders his soldiers to kill instead of capture and murders Max by pushing him off the island when he starts questioning orders.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Given its inspiration, the game is more-or-less the plot of Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow: a new trainer in a brand new world, wanting to be the very best like no one ever was, and being harassed by his snotty rival and an evil criminal organization trying to dominate the world and perform heinous experiments on the local critters.
  • World in the Sky: The setting for the game is the Airborne Archipelago, a series of floating islands orbiting around a star called the Pan-Sun.


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