Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM, the simplified and socialized version of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, has been launched on Facebook recently. The new social title adopts the core elements of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and adapts them in a more interactive manner to fit in the social platform.
For those unfamiliar with Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, it’s the top trading card game, a game of strategy in which players collect card of three types (monsters, spells and traps), build their own powerful decks and strive to win in the duel with good tactics, good luck and good cards. Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM preserves the specialist cards, dueling mechanics and strategy of its inspirer, but renders them with twists to target more casual audience.
Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM features over 300 specially modified cards, but reserves only the monster and spell zones with traps left out of the game design. It provides a storyline, so it’s called, that threads players progression from one node to another, one map to the next. All players start with a default automatic deck of 15 cards, offensive, defensive or balanced, and then can build their own custom deck afterwards.
Dueling is simple, or rather greatly simplified if compared to the original game, during which duelists first draw 3 cards from own decks, place cards to their own fields (monster zone or spell zone) and press BAM to begin the battle. Tutorial has illustrated the competition clearly: from left to right card compete, spell effects prior to monsters’ attribute, resulting in the reduction of a certain portion of life off one duelist (unless two cards are matched evenly). Process repeat until the game ends. Winner of the duel can get rewards like Card Pieces and coins, which are used to purchase exclusive items and cards-only respectively. Besides, there is also another premium currency, Duel Points, which is hard-gained by playing since it’s only earned when players clear one map and progress in the story. The game is free-to-play, but is close to pay-to-win at the same time, due to its too much advantage offered by expensive items to eclipse strategy and skills in playing. Since there is also the Energy Bar, you bet, there is energy refill package available in the shop as well.
Developers of Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM are intended to make it a popular game that appeals to both fans of the original game and players with no previous experience in it. It’s certainly no easy job. A little exploration into the community will easily present the complaints of veteran card players terming it as a major step backwards in the YGO gaming. Yet the other side of the coin is more pleasant, showing that a lot of gamer, perhaps having no idea of the original game, are playing it and have fun in short bursts of gameplay.