Original games are plentiful on the Wii but they donâ€™t appear as frequently on Xbox 360. Thatâ€™s why when something interesting comes out on Microsoftâ€™s box Iâ€™ll give it a whirl, even if it is in a brightly-hued box and has a 7+ age rating on the box.
Thereâ€™s a rather unpleasant saying that goes something like this: â€˜If you throw enough shit at a wall eventually some of it will stickâ€. I think this is the line of thinking that the creators of Bakugan abide to as it combines elements from just about every popular toy-line from the past few years. To wit: Bakugans are marbles that transform and battle, with the emphasis being to catch â€˜em all. You can also throw down trading cards to boost their stats or affect your rivalâ€™s abilities.
What I found enduring about Bakugan is that there are dozens of strategies to use. At the start of a match players pick a battle card and throw it into the middle of the arena. They then pick a Bakugan – which are various beasts of an elemental variety – and launch them. If two land on a trading card then a battle commences which involves playing one of three mini-games. If you land two of your own Bakugan on one card though then you automatically win the match. Some arenas have power-ups and health boost icons which you can try and aim for before landing on a card but the Bakugan can only be manoeuvred for a certain amount of time before coming to a grinding halt. It takes a degree of skill to be able to pick up a load of bonuses and then land on a card.
So, if you have a weak Bakugan itâ€™s best to roll around for a while to try and pick up power-ups so that itâ€™ll become strong enough to fight against whatever is in the arena. If your beast is pretty strong already then the ideal thing to do is to smash straight into a rival as thisâ€™ll knock some of their health off and then let a battle commence.
Ignoring the candy coated exterior and cheesy voice-acting, Bakugan is a pretty good game. So much so that the newly released sequel – Bakugan: Defenders of the Core – has made it to my virtual shopping list once it comes down in price.