So here it is. The new version of Marbles that this generation gets to play with.
Now as a hardcore gamer I saw this game as just another mediocre 1000 point game. But I was slightly wrong. It’s a mediocrely good game. And in a sea of bad anime/movie games that's a good thing.
The basic premise is like the Pokémon card game, Yu-Gi-Oh, or Magic The Gathering. As a children's card game it is very simple, all you have are 3 Bakugan, 3 gate cards and 3 ability cards.
There are only 2 game modes. Story mode and Quick play mode. The Story mode tries to play out like an episode from the anime and it pulls it off quite nicely. Starting with you as the unknown character 7 who just happens to show up before unknown protagonist 4 starts to beat all the main characters in battles. If you've seen any anime you know how the story goes.
Quick play is where you can have 4 player Bakugan battles and they can get long.
Basic game play works as this. You bolth throw down a gate card on the field and then you go first because you're player one. There’s a throwing mechanic that's easy to understand and short to master. Then the CPU throws their own Bakugan on a card. Once 2 Bakugan are on a card they battle. This is where you use the ability cards to add to the power of your Bakugan. Then it turns to 1 of 3 mini games, one is a button masher, one is a stick masher and the 3rd is a trigger masher. Very simple but does not get repetitive as there are 3 different levels of each game.
Overall it's a pretty nice game and fun to play. Definitely give it a rent.