Enter the world of Yu-Gi-Oh and compete against the top duelists from the anime, like Yugi, Joey, Seto, and Mai.
Construct your own deck from the top and play against other duelists in real-time to rise on the leaderboard.
Take control of your favorite monster, magic, and trap cards to become the “King of Duelists”.
First off, we need to mention this: Yu-Gi-Oh isn’t a game for everybody. There is a mountain-sized learning curve you need to climb first, unless if you’re a fan of the anime series or have already played the game back then. In any case, Yu-Gi-Oh is arguably the most sophisticated and well-made card dueling game, and you can get the most out of it in Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links. The game features the characters from the anime series, like Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, and Joey Wheeler. Apart from dueling against them, you’re also able to play against other players in real time. So, if you’re a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh, should you be playing this? Let’s find out!
As soon as you drop into the game, you will need to download more than a hundred patch files into your device. It may take quite a while, but after that, you can jump straight into the action: a fully-voiced scene showing Seto Kaiba challenging Yami Yugi will be shown right away. The presentation fully-resembles that of the anime, and if you’re a fan, it will give you an amazing nostalgia drive. You will be given the option to choose between the two characters, and a duel between them will start. Basically, this is the game’s tutorial phase, and it’s a pleasing crash course on Yu-Gi-Oh if you’re quite rusty.
The controls are simple and intuitive, and when navigating through the different phases of each turn, there is a button on the side of the screen which you’ll press to move on. From the draw phase and battle phase, the controls are gesture based: tap, swipe, and drag the cards of your choice to perform different actions. Moreover, the game guides you throughout the entire process. For example, when you summon a high-level monster that requires a tribute, the game will show the monster cards on your side of the field which can be used as sacrificial lambs. It is incredibly intuitive and fully suits the mobile platforms, something that the other Yu-Gi-Oh game, Duel Generation, sorely lacks.
After you’ve gone through the usual motion of picking your name, your next objective is to try out another duel, this time, against a generic character to master spell and trap cards. The game is divided into missions and stages, and doing more missions will enable you to unlock more locations, characters, other perks. Whenever you complete a mission or participate in a duel, you will win currency which you can use to purchase cards. Furthermore, bear in mind that this is a freemium game, so if you want a shortcut to the hottest cards, spending real money might be a worthwhile investment for you.
Thankfully, the missions and progression to each stage is carefully done. You can earn sufficient rewards like gems and gold coins to buy new cards from the shop or cash in new ones from the card trader. There is also a PvP arena, which is arguably the “meat” of the game. Finding a fellow duelist to play against is quick and easy, and you’re always on equal terms with them.
This may come as a relief to new players, but unfortunately, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links doesn’t let you create your own avatar or build your own deck from scratch. Instead, you’ll be represented by one of the main characters, along with their preset decks. Furthermore, the decks are limited to only 20 cards (which are pretty weak), which is far from the usual 40. Moreover, the game is arguably a portable version of Yu-Gi-Oh, considering that you can only place three monsters on the field at the same time, instead of the usual five. A great deal of grinding is needed to build the deck you would be proud of, so be sure to work your way up!
So, should you be playing Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links? Well, the lack of character customization options and solely using characters from the anime hurts, but nevertheless, the gameplay elements are fantastic. However, it follows a speed duel format, and it may not appeal to you if you are a Yu-Gi-Oh purist. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to get in the fun, this game is definitely for you.