I was chased. I couldn't get away. I ran into a nearby shrubbery and yet I wasn't sure. I was almost dead. I shouted to a friend nearby to help but I didn't have to say anything. They had seen chase and ran in to save me, pushed my pursuer away from me and let my team win. We cheered and immediately jumped into another fight. This was my experience during a recent battle of Brawl Stars a free-to-play mobile game.
Brawls Stars is the latest game from mobile developers Supercell, best known for their previous games Clash of Clans and Clash Royale . When Clash Royale first came out, I played it for weeks. But it quickly became more of a mud then a game. So I was very reluctant to try Brawl Stars. Fortunately, Supercell has made Brawl Stars considerably smaller grind than their other games.
Let's get it out of the way now: Brawl Stars has micro-transactions and solder locks. There is no one to come around and if you do not want to play a game that contains these elements, I understand. But I play many mobile games and Brawl Stars feels nicer than most games when it comes to forcing players to spend money. I haven't hit a point yet where I needed to spend money.
Brawl Stars fortunately removes timers or paywalls. It always lets you play no matter how many matches you have already completed. These battles will always serve you trophies that unlock new rewards through a fight as a system.
I hold back to Brawl Stars because it always feels fresh. It reminds me of Fortnite in how often something new is available. Every day gaming methods and cards rotate in and out. The end result is that I always have something new to check out every time I play. Like Fortnite Brawl Stars enters a fight royal fashion. This mode and a MOBA-inspired jewel collection mode never rotate out of the game.
Showdown, the royal fashion of the battle in Brawl Stars is simple, fast and fun. This is for a few reasons. One is how small the card is. You will run into players often. The card also shrinks much faster than in games like PUBG or Fortnite . Finally, the top down camera angle allows you to see players from all angles. Which means you can easily spot enemies or be spotted by other players. Mature supports 10 players and can be played alone or with a partner.
The second popular and permanent state is Gem Grab. This game mode, as the name suggests, has gamers who take hold of gems. These beads jump in the middle of the card. First team to grab 10 and hold them long enough, wins.
This state feels like a simplified MOBA. I was reminded of Heroes of the Storm who do a good job of streamlining some of the more difficult or boring parts of MOBA's. Gem Grab is even easier. There is only one goal and one way to win: Take the 10 gems.
While there are different cards for Gem Grab, they contain all shrubs and walls. Players can hide in shrubs, as in most MOBAs, and can use walls to cover. (Although you are cautious, some super-attacks break walls and destroy bushes.) While Gem Grab and the other modes of Brawl Stars are simple, they are not boring to play. There is surprisingly about strategy involved in the game.
For example, in Gem Grab gems gems are great, but it also makes you a great target for enemy teams. But if a player has all your gems, it is much easier to hide and protect them from attack. But that also means that you have to trust your teammate with all your gambling gems. But if you spread them out like having a player grab three and another taking 7, it will be harder to keep track of the gems and where they are on the map.
The amount of strategy in Brawls Stars is perfect. The game does not support chat or even emotion, so unless you play with friends, you cannot communicate with the other two players in your team. So each mode is designed to be easily played with randoms. It also means that if you make a mistake, no one can yell at you in chat.
Brawl Stars controls well and feels perfectly built for mobile devices. As you hold the unit sideways, you move using a virtual left stick and aim to use virtual right stick. But I rarely ever strive. Instead, players can just press the right side of the screen and automatically attack the creator's enemy. This is perfect when you are hunted and have to shoot behind you.
Do enough damage to enemy players and you will earn a great ability. This varies depending on your brawler, but these supers can help save a teammate, stop an enemy or create a shortcut.
The simple modes, easy to use controls and short battles make Brawls Stars a perfect game to play for a few minutes and then slide your phone back into your pocket.