Deploy your troops onto the battlefield and strive to destroy your opponents’ towers and Throne
Build your deck and test them out against other players or intelligent AIs
Take a break from combat and enjoy watching other players duke it out via the Arena TV
With a gameplay that closely resembles popular breakout strategy game, Clash Royale, Brawl of Ages already has all the right ingredients that will make it possibly as popular as the former. There are tons of cards for you to collect, decks to build and various game mode to play in this brand new tower defense-like game.
For avid fans of Clash Royale, you would probably be very familiar with the gameplay in Brawl of Ages since both gameplays are very similar. However, for those who have not played either games before, the game provides a helpful yet simple Brawler Training to teach you the basics.
Generally, all you need to do is to to destroy your opponents’ lane towers – there are two of them, but you can choose to only destroy one – and ultimately, the Throne within 2 minutes. Of course, you will need to defend your own towers and Throne from being attacked as well.
You can attack and/or defend by deploying your units on the allowed section of the map. Similar to a CCG, each card you play requires a certain amount of mana, but unlike the round-based mechanics that CCGs are famous for, Brawl of Ages is played in real time and hence, mana regenerates by itself over time.
However, if the time’s up and both Thrones are still standing, then the game will trigger a bonus Mana Mania round where the rate of mana regeneration is doubled. This allows both you and your opponent to play cards almost as quickly as you can click on them, resulting in a rather frantic race to get each other’s Thrones destroyed.
Brawl of Ages also offers a range of game modes for you. Aside from the regular ladder matches, you can also participate in Conquest Tournament provided that you’ve got the tickets. The tournament will pit you against a series of opponents, one after another, until either you’ve lost 3 times in total or have won 10 matches. The more matches you win, the more prizes you’ll get as rewards.
If you like to play the odds, you can also wager premium gems via the Premium Prize Entry option to increase your potential winnings... that is, of course, if you win. There’s even a Smash Party mode where you can play with your closest friends or you could test out a new card or deck through a practice match or two against intelligent AI bots.
New cards, or at least, new card pieces can usually be won by turning in 10 of the Seals you’ve earned at the Big Brawl Board. The Board functions like a huge slots machine where you’ll get a chance to win any of the items shown in each neon-illuminated box. Seals can be obtained by playing matches. You can also sell off any extra card pieces for valor. Valor can then be used to craft new cards, and interestingly, it is also required if you fancy creating your own Brawler Club.
Got a couple of new cards? Well, head over to the Vault and start editing your starter deck. Each deck can contain up to 10 different card types. You can even save multiple decks and switch between them whenever you like prior to entering a match.
Playing Brawl of Ages can be tiring after a while, and when that happens, you could still be with the game in spirit by simply sitting back and watching other players duel via the Arena TV.
The art style used in Brawl of Ages may, for most players, bring the term “mobile port” to mind. In fact, it won’t be at all surprising if the game is eventually released on the mobile platform. The game’s short matches do make it more ideal for playing while on-the-go rather than the usual “in front of PC”-type of gaming.
That said, aside from the graphical glitches when the game transitions from the loading screen to the game interface and the “full screen” issue that affects only the game lobby, the visuals look cartoonishly good albeit a tad bit cliché. Since the game is developed by S2 Games, the fellas behind the MOBA, Strife, you can definitely expect a ton of familiar heroes from Strife in this game. The sound is rather good as well.
All in all, Brawl of Ages is a pretty well-thought out game that offers an exciting competitive and strategic gameplay. Despite its similarities to the popular Supercell game, Clash Royale, S2 Games has managed to make their game stand out by adding in additional features. If you enjoy simple and short strategy games, then Brawl of Ages would be a good fit for you.