Under publisher Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh is still alive, way after the hype for the franchise has subsided. In fact, the trading card game is spreading its wings with Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Generation, the first free-to-play iteration for mobile devices.
For now, the game is only available on iOS, though an Android and amazon Kindle version should follow shortly. A download requires about 700Mb of space.
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Generation is a fairly straightforward adaptation of the real card game. Two opposing deck holders fight each other in turn.
During each player’s turn, it’s possible to summon monsters, cast spells or set up trap cards. There’s also a new mechanism called Pendulum Summons.
Pendulum summoning happens in new, dedicated areas on the playing field. Here, monsters that double up as spells can be put at opposing sides of each other.
Pendulum cards can be individually used as either their spell effect or to put a monster in play. It is, however, much more interesting to use both for a Pendulum Summon.
Each pendulum card has a level value. When performing a pendulum move, any monsters that are in between the noted level of the side card can be put into play.
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Generation has both online and offline play. In offline mode, it’s possible to take on characters from the TV show.
There are a whopping 6,000 cards to collect in the game. Naturally, given the freemium model, in-app purchases are available to acquire cards.
The original Yu-Gi-Oh franchise has been around since 1996. It saw international fame a few years later, alongside the Pokémon craze.