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Battle Camp Review

Our Review by Phil Bickle on September 30th, 2013
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MATCH TO ATTACK
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Pay walls and forced social features may drive away some players, but a solid and addicting core makes Battle Quest a great game for those who don't mind mandatory breaks.

Developer: Penny Pop
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.8
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Battle Camp is a monster-raising rpg/puzzle hybrid. Battle monsters by matching 3 or more blocks. Each monster in the game has it’s own element and when players match blocks of it’s color in battle it will attack. Build a team of up to six monsters to battle and quest.

As battles are won, random monsters are captured and can be used in battle. If a monster isn't powerful enough it can be fused into another monster to level it up. As monsters level they get stronger, raising their health and attack allowing a better chance at beating stronger enemies. Fusing will cost silver, which is won in battle and can also be earned by selling spare monsters instead of fusing them. As monsters level they can also be evolved into more powerful monsters. Monsters can also be bought with gold (premium currency), by using a slot machine.

Battle Camp can be distilled down to just grinding a series of battles that can help complete quests, events, and troop challenges. Daily and weekly events offer special rewards and quests give extra silver and free spins at the monster slot machines. There is also a PvP camp to challenge other players. Each battle will cost energy. Troops allow players to come together and all the fight the same enemy for two minutes. The goal is to do as much damage as possible. Once the time runs out the damage done is added to the overall damage done and with enough Troops members attacking, gives great rewards if defeated. If a troop fails, the troop's monsters' health is reset. A troop pet that any troop member can fuse with can also be found, adding another use for spare monsters.

While simple to learn and to master, battles in Battle Camp are very fun and rewarding. Making smart tactical plays is rewarded with a damage bonus to attacks, and exploiting elemental weaknesses adds to the experience. They are fast-paced and sure to add a new dimension of enjoyment to any fan of match puzzle game play. Unfortunately, energy runs out very fast. At least in the beginning with slow regeneration times. Energy can be used up in less than 5 minutes, leaving a lot of extra time to wait before a battle can be attempted again. Paying gold refreshes energy, and requests for more energy can also be made to Facebook friends but tends to be unreliable and clunky.

Mileage of Battle Camp will vary. Unless a large amount of gold is invested it's hard to play for more than five minutes at a time, causing less than ideal experiences to those looking to sink their teeth into a game. For those who would only play 5 minutes at a time anyway, or have no issue spending what can be referred to as an indefinite subscription fee, a lot of fun can be had with Battle Camp.

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