SNK vs Capcom Card Fighters DS [Import] review

  • Solid strategy game
  • Taking on your friends
  • Forgetting the Neo Geo Pocket
  • Tweaked rules upset balance of game
  • Difficult to get into
  • Gameplay not as solid as it should be

That faraway shrill? The collective squeal from the 17 people worldwide who plumped for the Neo Geo Pocket F1 in the midst of Pokemania in 1999. For these unorthodox fellows, Card Fighters was their Mecca, but this DS re-imagining is destined to disappoint. 

Perhaps unsure of their card game's staying power, SNK has seen fit to make several changes to the formula, which succeeds only in making it an artificial and arbitrary experience. Firstly, the number of cards that can be played has been bumped from three to eight, but instead of increasing options it instills apathy - why bother building up and protecting a card when another identical one will be along in a minute?

Your cards act as a defensive wall covering your own HP, with the aim being to overwhelm your opponents' cards in order to get a crack at their health bar. Playing a card utilizes the requisite force gems - colored gems that your cards can actively or passively "harvest" by being in play. The rationale behind this is two-fold: it requires you to start with weaker cards, and build a set using cards of the same color.

But the attritional nature of the rules means that success is a numbers game - you'll find yourself hurling in any old card when you get the opportunity. And if a gung-ho approach is a legitimate tactical strategy, you feel that the rules haven't been tweaked as tightly as they might.

More Info

Release date: Dec 14 2006 - DS (US)
Dec 14 2006 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Strategy
Published by: SNK Playmore
Developed by: SNK Playmore
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