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iOS Review: BRAWL

Eddie F III
United States
North Catasauqua
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The Stats:
Compatibility: Universal
Current Price: FREE
Developer/Publisher: Benjamin Brode
Version: 1.0.1
Size: 37.5 MB
Multiplayer: Gamecenter, Online Multiplayer, Local Bluetooth
AI: Yes
Itunes link: BRAWL

The Good:
- Fast to play, fun, and free
The Bad:
- Hard to find online multiplayer matches.

This is a fast based card game with a fighting theme. This is the digital version of the 1999 card game from Cheapass Games. Think of it as a Street Fighter meets Spit (card game). The goal of the game is to score the most hits against your opponent by matching same colored hit cards on a character card known as a base card. Your opponent will be doing the same on the other side of the card and you can block their progress by placing a same colored block card on their pile. You can also use ‘Clear’ cards to remove piles where the hit totals are not in your favor. The goal of the game is to get through your deck of cards as fast as you can to reach Freeze cards. The Freeze cards stop anyone from adding anymore Hit cards to the pile or even using a Clear card. The game is over when all base cards have a Freeze card attached to them. At this point you will add up the amount of hits on a base card to determine the winner of that pile. The winner of the fight will be the player who won the most piles on a base.

The gameplay is quick and easy to learn thanks to the built in tutorial that you can go over and over if you desire. This is not a turn based game so speed is of the essence. The computer AI on all skill levels is quick, so be on your toes for a fight to the death.

The digital version comes with three starter decks and has three additional decks you can unlock at $1.99 a piece. Each deck has a different variety of cards. The colors are the same but the balance is not. This creates a small strategy on how you want to play each character against another. The difference is not too extreme that it will a difference. I was able to win with all the starter decks against all the unlocked characters.

I wouldn’t call this a bare bones app but it is kept simple and to the point. You have the choice to fight against the AI or Online. The Online mode allows you to host or join a local network game via Bluetooth or you can play through Apple’s Game Center. I’ve yet to play against another human in this game. I attempted on numerous occasions to do the auto match through Game Center to find an opponent but always game up empty. I’ve tried at various times of the day and even tried to get a game going for over 30 minutes during peak evening time. This is of no fault to the designer but to us gamers who may not of found out this nice little gem.
Other than your choices for play there is an Options section where you can adjust the volume and redo the tutorial. There is also a Deck section which shows off the strengths, weaknesses, and card inventory per character. You can also purchase the additional decks through this menu.

Over the past week, I played this game against the AI dozens of times. The games are fast and a perfect way to waste those short waiting periods in line at the grocery store or at home while I wait for the microwave to heat up some snacks. The character selection may be limited but the replay value is high. I can see myself coming back to this game for weeks to come. I do wish the additional decks were not so expensive. I would easily unlock them all if it was only $1.99 for the entire set. I also wish the multiplayer was attempted to be played more often from other players. This way I could actually try my hand at another human being.

This is definetly a game you have to try. First off it is free, so what do you have to lose. In my opinion there is no need to buy the additional decks to get the most out of this game. Secondly, it is a very well designed app. It doesn’t clog up the screen with useless bells and whistles.

Rating: Buy it!
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