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Julius
Sweden
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Mar 2009*
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Isaac
Australia
Wodonga
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Nov 2009*
Trencher for Life
United States
Slidell
Louisiana
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9
Mar 2010
Excellent game to play with kids.
2010-03-17
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B J
United States
Tennessee
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8
Feb 2008*
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Tyler Tinsley
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8
Jul 2008*
this game has flaws no doubt. but if you get the right collection of balls and cards there is a very nice game here.

to get a nice set of cards buy the three figure packs. the 6 balls 8 card packs have terrible cards.

also i play with six marbles preside and forces and cards are drafted before each match.
2008-07-09*
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Now a Major General
United States
38.978164N 76.486881W
Maryland
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Aug 2008*


I have three boys, ages 8, 5, and 5 that are absolutely loving this toy. Apparently there is a game involved as well.

2010-09-03
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William Barnett-Lewis
United States
Hayward
Wisconsin
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Nov 2008*
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MGS
United States
Fitchburg
Wisconsin
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Glen Cote
United States
Central Village
Connecticut
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7
Aug 2008*
Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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7
Mar 2009*
Rating based on playing the game with children.

I can understand the novelty and attraction to this game. Regular CCGs like Pokemon seem pretty boring, but the gimmick here is pretty cool, Transformer like balls that pop out into robots when rolled correctly over a magnetic card.

The main problem I have with the game lies with all of the modifying cards. They made no sense to me whatsoever, and they didn't really seem very useful for the gameplay. Maybe if you had a large collection, but they seemed superfluous.

I guess another big problem I have is the collectible nature of the game. I guess you get to see one of the Bakugans when you're buying them, but still I think this type of model is unfair to both kids and parents and I would never encourage it.
2009-03-21
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United States
Hickory
North Carolina
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7
Feb 2011
This game should be rated for what it is...a kid's game. And a dang good one. It's popular for a reason.
2009-04-06
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Sam Jenkins
United States
Kuna
Idaho
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7
Jan 2010
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Benjamin
United States
Ohio
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6.5
May 2012
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Quijanoth
United States
Crown Point
Indiana
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6
Jan 2015
Got roped into playing this with my son and it is actually a fun, light little game. Psuedo-collectable (you can pick the color of your marbles, but you'll never know what the "battle value" of the monster is til you open it), so that'll turn most folks around here off...but the little marble/monsters are neat and the game itself is streamlined, easy to learn/play, and will produce some ooo's and ahhh's when trying to capture a card. Biggest complaint is cost. You really need the battle board ($30) and at least one starter pack ($20) to play it the way it is meant to be played...pretty steep entry for a toy. Thought half-seriously about buying a couple boosters for myself after an evening of play. Give it a shot. Not many dexterity/marble/transformer hybrids out there.
2008-03-11*
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Jesse Fuller
United States
Apple Valley
Minnesota
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Sep 2008*
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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Feb 2009*
Be sure to get the Battle Arena. The rules are quite a mashup, but one can work out acceptable house rules and the game becomes quite fun. Gift to Jedi; Dante; Jonah the Elder. Collection given to SAFE House.
2012-02-11
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Paul - the
Sweden
Lund
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6
Mar 2009*
Hard game to rate. The kids love the figures and play with their own rules and have fun. The official rules are terrible.

Quite expensive here in Sweden at least.
2009-03-09
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Subhan Michael Tindall
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Jun 2009*
Amazing bits on this. Although it is 'collectible', it's not blind buy which is nice. Game play is so-so, but is fun for kids.
2009-06-06
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Kristen McCarty
United States
Pennsylvania
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Nov 2009*
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Jhonna Niver
United States
Houston
Texas
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Jan 2010
Thank goodness interest in this game is waning around my house. I get tired of the arguing. It was a great idea and good game at first but it seems everywhere you look Bakugan is trying to suck the money from American boys and their parents.
2010-01-29
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Rob
United States
30° 12′ 38″ N, 95° 45′ 2″ W
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Feb 2010
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Geir Erik Ø
Norway
Sandnes
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Aug 2010
william riley
United Kingdom
Wigan
Lancashire
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Feb 2011
More of a toy than a game.My son aged 8 is really enjoying this.
2011-02-19
Xavier Salvador

Badalona
Catalonia
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Feb 2011
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Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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Aug 2013
AWESOME pieces and mechanics, not so great as a game.
2013-08-13
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Sven Baumer
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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5.55
May 2015
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Scott Groat
United States
Ames
Iowa
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Feb 2010
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Mark Bigney
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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5
Jun 2009*
Self-transforming marbles? Hell yeah, sign me up. Not much of a game, really, but what an awesome toy.
2008-06-30*
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Michael Becker
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Jul 2008*
Started with two battle packs which have 6 figures each. Then I started buying stuff. I mean a lot of stuff. My son now has probably close to 75
marbles... yikes.

The concept of Bakugan is amazing. I mean you have little plastic marbles which launch into a creature when its magnet hits a metallic card. Unfortunately as a game the rules are simple and often confusing. It is very hard to tell the different creatures apart in some situations. The starter sets have cards which don't gel with the creatures included. If the confusion was dispersed with a good faq Bakugan could potentially rock the gaming world (at least for young boys). So far we have a neat mechanic with a crazy simple game system that doesn't do it justice.

Still it is selling amazingly well througout the world right now. With the rules as written it will eventually flounder. A pity really. Bakugan has so much potential.

I have been in contact with Spin Master Toys to see if there is some way I can help... I guess we will see if they do get back to me.

The problem with Bakugan as a kids toy is that most of the time your marble doesn't open on a gate card. Part of this might be the skill of the child, but that isn't always the case... If more Gate cards were in the field this would be minimized. I dislike the new edition of the rules and the fact that many of the first edition cards are no longer compatible with the current edition of the game.

Michael
2009-06-15
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Australia
Lavington
New South Wales
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5
Nov 2008*
Ah man - when will kids learn not to be sucked in by this collectible crap.

Physical mechanics are kinda cool. The half arsed implementation for a battle system is not.
2010-01-13
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M P
Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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Dec 2008*
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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Oct 2010
The eponymous battle balls are great, nearly-automatically transforming toys. The game that employs them is passable. I enjoy rolling marbles; however, many of these are designed with bumps and ridges that can steer them awry, which can be problematic, since you need to get the magnetic portion of the bakugan onto a [metal] gate card in order to attempt to claim the gate card. The real problem is that to enhance this simplistic play, there are effects on ability, gate, and battle gear cards that affect the strength of the respective battle balls. That can lead to a lot of adding in your head (or on paper, if you get desperate, I suppose). In theory, it makes the battle more interesting. In reality, if I pick stronger bakugan than you, you have to have amazing cards (or much, much better rolling skill) than I in order to beat me.

It is a better game than one would expect, having transforming toys as the "pawns", but I think I would have steered this collectible dexterity game in a different direction.
2010-10-06
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Jae
United States
Bryan
TX
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5
Jan 2011
An interesting dexterity game with some strategy components.

Though, it is honestly a kid's toy, so wouldn't appeal to most.
2011-01-16
Carmen Petruzzelli
United States
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
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Aug 2012
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Rodney Sloan
South Africa
Pretoria
Gauteng
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5
Aug 2009*
A simple game, except the construction of the Bakugan (balls) make them hard to aim. I haven't got any ability cards, which I think will make a real difference to game play. My major gripe would be the cost, 6 Bakugan and 6 gate cards (the minimum we needed to play) cost more than Doom:the boardgame, here in South Africa, which means I probably won't buy more of these, which is bad news for a game that, to me, relies on choosing the best combinations of cards and figures.

Another thing to be careful of is the vast numbers of fake Bakugan available.
2009-12-02
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Virgilio San Andres
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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Oct 2009*
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John Newall
United States
Lehi
Utah
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Nov 2009*
Play with Elijah. He loves this game and I don;t mind playing it too much, since it plays so fast.
2010-01-26
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Electrik Studios
United States
Athens
Georgia
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Dec 2010
I love rolling them... then POP goes the Bakugan! Then I can't get them back in
2010-12-23
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Mike Haverty
United States
Owasso
Oklahoma
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Jun 2013
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Fabio Binder
Brazil
Curitiba
PR
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Sep 2010
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Martin Weilmann Hansen
Denmark
Nordfyn
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Mar 2010
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BoB 3K
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Sep 2013
Not a bad game of marbles to play with kids. The spring open monsters are very cool, although you'll occasionally get one that is a little tricky to properly reclose.

The price is pretty steep; I watch for them on clearance.
2010-03-31
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Kevin Duffy
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
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Sep 2011
Sean Carrick
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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Aug 2012
Fun game, though the rules are WAY too vague. I had to hunt through a dozen different websites to finally get all my questions answered. Also, it would be nice if the art matched up with the figures.
2012-08-23
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Jordi
Spain
Castellon
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5
Dec 2012
Juego para niños, tiras la pelotita y tiene que caer sobre unas cartas...
Es un juego "tonto" pero reconozco que me ha caido bien, tiene su gracia
2012-12-27
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Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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4.5
Nov 2008*
This is my sons; we played it as a game once. Sort o a combination of marbles and Pokemon. I like the clever mechanism that opens the Bakugan when it stops on a magnetic card. Shame it isn't that easy to get it to stop on one.
2008-11-23*
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Gareth Cooper
United Kingdom
West Yorkshire
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Nov 2013
Jeremy Kratochwill
United States
Anchorage
Alaska
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Dec 2011
Dexter Solen
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Sep 2008*
David Tolin
United States
Houston
Texas
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Mar 2009*
Neat concept. Would never play it again if not for my 6yr old son.
2009-03-29
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