Apr 22, 2013
I can’t imagine playing Tekken on my tablet or phone. Touch screens controls aren’t exactly ideal for a fighting game series that has its fair share of long-winded combos.
So what have Namco Bandai done to get their beloved series on Android devices? The answer is to turn it into a turn-based card game. If that sounds like a good idea, then read on and if it doesn’t? Well, keep on reading, because this game has a number of things going for it.
Tekken Card Tournament is all about taking down your opponent’s health to zero by using a series of randomly drawn cards. Each turn of a fight sees both fighters act simultaneously, with one of three commands being carried out. You can choose to block, focus or strike.
The strategy of the game comes from second-guessing what you’re opponent’s going to do and by making best use of what’s currently in your ‘hand’. You use focus to spend your turn drawing a card, block will cancel the first two attacks of an opponent’s combo and strike will cause you to carry out each attack you have in your ‘hand’ in the form of a combo.
It’s this simple set-up which then lends itself to more tactical play as certain cards will have extra abilities. With certain cards in your hand, you could see your blocks healing you. Other cards will weaken the opponent’s attacks, some will allow more cards to be drawn and so on.
One issue with the cards is that their descriptions can be a little vague. If you see a card for the first time, it may not be entirely clear as to how it actually works, leaving you with a bit of trial and error and having to learn how the card’s special ability works the hard way. The hard way being getting knocked out.
Another issue with the cards comes up when playing online. If you haven’t spent real money (or spent an age earning gold through fights) you’ll not have access to the stronger or more interesting cards. One fight was lost before it began as the person I was playing against had a ‘special’ card that gave them nearly double health and took 15 health off of me before the fight had even started.
As with a lot of ‘free’ games, Tekken Card Tournament lets itself down by being a little too keen on wanting you to fork out real money on fake cards. Which is a shame, as the card battles lend themselves to some tense moments and are pretty engaging. Though in this game’s case, real money can equal real cards, as a series of Tekken cards are to be released. Each card can be scanned so that every physical card you end up owning can be transferred into the game.
Tekken Card Tournament is a strong card game that punishes those that don’t invest a huge amount of time or a small amount of money into stronger cards.