|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Magic Pockets||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 23, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The combatant with the most points wins the battle, but the losers points are deducted from the winner's score. So, it's quite possible to be successful but still have a severe lack of points. You can take up to three Bakugans into battle with you. The turn-based combat allows you to choose your opponent. The A.I. will do likewise during its turn. You can see your enemy's powers before you enter into battle.
Graphically, the game is clean, clear, and colorful. There's not a lot going on animation-wise, but the scores, stats, and meters are arranged at the bottom of the top screen where they are out of the way of the gameplay, but convenient enough to keep track of with a glance. There are only about 30 Bakugan characters to collect. The animation and voiceovers are limited, but they do look decent. The music is forgettable, but the sound effects are convincing, if a little sparse. Most of the action will be found during the mini-games where you'll be forced to use the stylus for most commands. It works well, obviously benefiting from having the mini-games designed around the control scheme. Let's not forget blowing into the mic, or perhaps we shall.
It will be interesting to see where the developers take the next Bakugan game. Wherever they take it, they had better add a multiplayer component to it, even an ad-hoc system would be better than nothing. I can't recommend this game to fans of the series, since it's so far from the beaten path. Nor would I recommend it for newbies, since they won't learn how to play the original game. Then again, the entire franchise may be heading in this direction, but something tells me this version is just an anomaly. It's up to you if you want to spend your money on this gaming experiment. I would advise approaching it with caution. And by caution, I mean renting or borrowing it.
CCC Senior Writer