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Bakugan: Battle Brawlers review

When Pokemon isn't enough...


  • Copies from the best
  • Story holds some appeal
  • Probably will satisfy fans


  • Genero-anime opponents
  • Repetitive scraps
  • Things seem to happen around you

We%26rsquo;ll have to be honest and admit that Bakugan has passed us by. Not because we%26rsquo;re old farts (which we%26rsquo;re not); more likely because Pokemon gives us an adequate fix of otherworldly-creatures-in-a-ball action. Okay, that%26rsquo;s probably drastically oversimplifying the whole Bakugan concept, but certainly for newcomers that%26rsquo;s what it feels like.

Building a team of creatures and ability cards, you take on genero-anime opponents in battles that are a mix of touchscreen minigames, stylus-swiping ball-steering and tiresome animations. The story behind all this may hold some appeal for Bakugan fans but the repetitive scraps will bore most gamers, not least because you don%26rsquo;t do much %26ndash; aside from a few screen taps, things seem to happen around you, making the whole thing incredibly boring. For non-Bakugan followers this is, quite literally, balls.

Jan 25, 2010

More Info

GenreRole Playing
Description<p>Based on the Bakugan&#160;animated TV series and toy line, Bakugan promises intense battles, the ability to create your own brawler, cartoon quality graphics and multiplayer combat.</p>
PlatformWii, Xbox 360, DS, PS3, PS2
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating3+, 3+, 3+, 3+, 3+
Release date:20 October 2009 (US), 23 October 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Role Playing
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