Shallow card/strategy game promotes the Bakugan brand.
Common Sense Media
2 May 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Bakugan Battle Brawlers is tied to a television show of the same name as well as a card game popular with young boys. The game’s young protagonists are, in fact, kids who collect these cards and use them in tournaments. Some of the best are called “battle brawlers” and have attained celebrity status online.
Summary: : Bakugan Battle Brawlers is the sort of game that’s solid and well designed in most of the major important points, but drops the ball when it gets to the smaller, but no less important details. It’s not that the game is bad; the story is fun and works well enough, the game is visually and aurally well designed, and the gameplay is surprisingly simple to learn but complex to really master.
Excerpt: My mom is an elementary school teacher and when she asked me what "Bakugan" was last fall, I had no idea. I guess I must be getting old; I'm usually ahead of the game when it comes to new fads, especially those imported from Japan. And I guess a bunch of second graders can't really be expected to explain a complex card/toy/game - my mom heard about for a month and still couldn't offer any kind of summary.
Summary: Based on the animated TV series Bakugan, the game tells the story of Dan and his friends as they battle their Bakugan Brawlers to save the planet of Vestroia and, ultimately, Earth from destruction.
Excerpt: with all these changes firmly in mind. This isn't a rote recreation of the live game they've come to love, and it's missing that game's more evolved mechanisms. But they should also approach it with an open mind. The basic changes create a more dynamic experience.
Conclusion: will only be two options: to be mortally embarrassed (probably followed by suicide), or to accept it as part of your new lifestyle. Before I get to the title screen, I have Bakugan Battle Brawlers figured out. First, it has a slick Japanese name. Next, the logo for Nelvana appears. Then a mention that Sega Toys is involved. The fact that Activision has made this game based on a game created by Sega... this is already a tangled mess of licenses and licensees.
Excerpt: I’ve got to be brutally honest here, I’ve never been a huge fan of any kinds of animated series besides the classic Pokemon series, and even then I’m not a huge fan now. When Bakugan arrived on my front door step, I was confused as to what Bakugan actually was, and whether it would be good or not.
Excerpt: Let's start this off right. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never seen the TV series Bakugan nor have I ever played a card game like Magic: The Gathering . While both of these are important requirements to get the most enjoyment out of Bakugan: Battle Brawlers for the Nintendo Wii, I think I am enough of an experienced gamer to be objective.