Developer: Gray Liao
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

BP Camera is an idea that reminds me of the Barcode Battlers of my youth. The Barcode Battler was a gadget where one would scan in barcodes from various items before using them to fight it out. It was all a bit random really, but at the time it seemed exciting to figure out whether a candy bar would be worth more in battle than a VHS copy of Back to The Future. Those were the 90s, my friend.

BP Camera is similar but with a photo taking twist. Users can simply take snaps of anything they can think of before transferring the photo to an in-game trading card, along with statistics representing their potential strength. Once a photo has been snapped, users can opt to name the card/photo whatever they want before sticking it aside ready for battle at a later date.

bpcamera5bpcamera2A list full of cards demonstrates exactly what one has ready for battle, then it’s just a matter of switching on Bluetooth and duking it out with a friend. Simple rules apply with Battle Points (or BP) and a star rating dictating what card is strongest. Each card can only be used once, so it’s wise to think carefully before making a move.

Ultimately, BP Camera is pretty random but competitiveness mixed with the urge to collect plenty of cards means it’s oddly fun. I encountered plenty of occasions where I wished BP Camera could do more. Being able to play against folks online, or being able to trade cards would have been great, but it was kind of fun to fight it out with a friend.

BP Camera isn’t the kind of game to play for hours on end, but as an unusual curiosity it’s fine and a nostalgic trip for those who remember my beloved Barcode Battler.

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