Just this week the good folks over at DeNA released Blood Brothers, an idealistic fantasy RPG of sorts for iOS and Android powered devices and I took a peek to see what all the hubbub was about!
The game system is designed like the standard Facebook game method in that you are required to use energy to allow moves and combat, energy refilling upon level ups or with the purchase of Mobage’s currency and items in the market. Nothing out of the normal here, as the game allows you to play for 45 minutes to an hour before you should run out of energy because of the leveling up system.
The plot features a selected character escaping a dungeon and we quickly learn our hero is a vampire. Now you’re catching on! This is where the game takes a semi unique little spin: The major mechanic of the game seems to be the collection of minions by way of “blood pacts”. Then to add to your OCD’s desire to collect, DeNA throws 400+ minions at you and from there you can use the “Fusion System” to take matching minions and combine them to force them into the next stage of their evolutions. I thought this feature was pretty sweet since you are going to be given a lot of the same minions based on their availability IE Common, Uncommon, Rare, Legendary. So you can cut down on dupes by fusing them together.
The game plays out on a pretty linear path but does allow the player to select different paths as they become available to journey multiple sides of the given game board. Along your path you will find treasure, meet friends and destroy many foes whose power you will harness by way of your blood pacts.
Graphically the game is pretty amazing given that it’s on a phone or tablet but extremely well detailed. Graphics transition quite smoothly and load times are minimal. Where the game kind of looses its flare. You aren’t given any freedom in combat, it merely plays out on its own in turns quite fast, and you don’t have any options for leveling up either. Everything seems to be done for you, which isn’t bad given the medium, but to really draw me in I need some sort of options to really make the character I’m playing mine.
But like I said, it’s not a bad game on any level, it just doesn’t make use of its full potential, but let’s recap the good parts with a little compare and contrast!
- Great Graphics
- Giant Library of Minions
- Easy to use
- Sweet Fusion/Evolution Mechanic
- Extremely Linear
- No choices for leveling
- No strategy required for combat just chance
So if you’re looking for a little fun during a lunch break or a time sink throughout your day, then hop into the Play Store or iTunes Market and grab Blood Brothers. You’ve got nothing to lose when it’s free! Check it out here!
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