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