Feb 20, 2015
We all know that most â€˜freeâ€™ games are built around hooks. Hooks that get you to come back to the game once a day. Hooks that make you want to spend a little bit of money here, a little bit of money there. Hooks that make you want to know when the next update is coming.
Blood Brothers 2 knows exactly what itâ€™s doing when it sets up all of these hooks right off the bat. To start with, Blood Brothers 2 is essentially a strategic card game where you can play through an extensive story mode or play online against human opponents.
The hooks come thick and fast. Firstly, with this being a card game, there are a TON of cards to unlock. You can claim three free cards every day, you can also spend a little money to buy some cards and you can also unlock cards through the story mode. Thereâ€™s also a daily â€˜log inâ€™ bonus that will either be a piece of in-game currency or, you guessed it, a card.
The card battling is fairly straight-forward, though does contain several layers. You place three cards onto the virtual table and opposite each card is an opponentâ€™s card. Your cardâ€™s statistics are taken into account and the attacking team deals damage first followed by the defending team.
Whatâ€™s important to note is that each card will either be a sword, mount or arrow type of card. Taking a leaf out of the â€˜Rock-Paper-Scissorsâ€™ design guide, these three card types are weak and strong against each other. Sword beats mount. Mount beats arrow. Arrow beats sword. You get the idea.
This means you have to think about who you place your cards opposite. It also means you need to ensure you have a well balanced group of cards. Youâ€™ll also want to take into account that each card has a special move it can perform once itâ€™s charged up. Some of these moves will deal a lot of damage to one opponent, some will deal damage to all opponents and some are random.
So the battles are simple enough to get to grips with but if you really want to dig into Blood Brothers 2â€™s systems thereâ€™s certainly room to. For those that stick with the game thereâ€™s loads of cards, potential to level up your best characters and items you can equip your best cards with too.
The story mode also has a strategic map element to it. On most levels of the story mode, you can take two or three groups of cards into battle. You then move the cards around a grid, ensuring that enemies on the grid donâ€™t take over your base and also ensuring you complete your objective (which is usually â€˜kill everyoneâ€™). Whatâ€™s interesting about this element of the game is that whoever initiates a battle, done by â€˜bumpingâ€™ into a rival, gets the upper hand of attacking first. Take into account that you get boosts to your chances of winning if you have adjacent friendly troops and youâ€™ve got another strategic element to what started off as a very simple game.
Blood Brothers 2 starts off like any other card game and at first glance seems a little too simple to be worth bothering with. Stick with it and youâ€™ll soon see that thereâ€™s hidden depth to the gameplay and with the constant updates the gameâ€™s receiving youâ€™re never left with nothing to do. Well worth a try.