Every week we witness new releases for mobile devices that try to emulate the success of the best games by creating flat-out copies. We’ve already lost track of the number of games based on Clash Royale, just to give one example. But from time to time, the stars align and we find a fresh product, even if it is based on two of the most popular games on iOS and Android. Badland Brawl is its name and what it provides is fun PVP duels where physics is the most important factor.
It’s normal to reference hit games in the headline to catch readers’ attention, but it also serves as a way to give the reader some context and highlight the origins of a game. Because yes, Badland Brawl may appear to be what would happen if Clash Royale and Angry Birds had a lovechild, but in reality, it’s a totally new game in terms of development.
The work from Frogmind invites you to participate in short PVP duels where you have to destroy the enemy tower and stop your own from being demolished. Up until this point, the whole thing screams Clash Royale and its clones, especially when you see the system of chests (here, they’re eggs) and how you level up your cards. What’s more, even the store in Badland Brawl seems like it’s copied the hit game from Supercell. However, when you start playing, you’ll be stunned: it’s not actually like Clash Royale at all.
We have to go all the way to the offices of Rovio to find the main gameplay in this Badland Brawl: you’ll dispatch your units by throwing them into the setting. And here’s where we see the influence of Angry Birds a bit more clearly, with cards that even reference this fact.
Your tower has a sort of catapult that you need to use to launch creatures, bombs, and anything else you have available to achieve victory. At all times you see the trajectory that your explosives will follow, necessary to thwart the enemy attacks and make your own combos. All of this is based on the physics engine that governs the game and determines who will come out a winner in these duels.
Badland Brawl isn’t based so much on dispatching units like crazy, but instead, waiting for just the right moment to do so. The bombs and other explosives are the real stars of the show and you’ll have to use the rest of your cards wisely if you want your enemy’s tower to go KABOOM! and other various onomatopoeias.
It’s very simple to get lost in the chaos of the game, given that in the middle of the game you’ll find a setting full of bombs and units trying to go from one side to the other. These units will attack by land or air, adding even more disorder to the whole thing. But the truth is that all the constant explosions in Badland Brawl couldn’t be more entertaining. And this improves even more thanks to the game’s fantastic graphics. The universe is the Badland saga is beautiful and this is all reflected perfectly in the combats. Not to mentioned the spectacular settings, one of the biggest reasons to enjoy Badland Brawl on big screens.
We’ve walked a road of contradictions in terms of how much of an effect Clash Royale and Angry Birds have on Badland Brawl. But the truth is, even though this game is influenced by the games from Supercell and Rovio, while you’re actually playing it, you’ll feel like it’s something completely new. It’s an incredibly fun game that we couldn’t recommend more. Plus, it’s only just begun, and it already offers a 2v2 mode, a clan system, and a great number of players waiting to start shooting bombs at you.
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