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Review – Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Android)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Android) by Konami
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Android) by Konami

Lay Down Traps and Summon Blue Eyes in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is the modern addition to the classic franchise. Duel Links, developed by Konami, brings us into the modern age with a few crazy updates to the gameplay. Though some of the changes to the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! formula. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is also available on Steam on PC/Mac and iOS. 

New Fast-Paced Gameplay

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Android) by Konami
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Android) by Konami

Since Yu-Gi-Oh! is moving towards a mobile game, I was expecting all of the gameplay to stay the same as the physical game. There are plenty of full-fledged strategy card games with mobile apps acting as full counterparts to a computer game: Hearthstone, Elder Scrolls Legends, and many more. Since this is commonplace among card games I was expecting Yu-Gi-Oh! to just fall in line. Yet Konami decided to make a card game mixed with hybrid afk gameplay. Afk gameplay is the norm with even large cellphone games in the modern era. 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has reduced the number of summonable monsters to three at a time, instead of five. The deck size goes between 20 and 30 cards in Duel Links, as opposed to the classic deck sizes of 40 to 60 cards. Your extra deck, which is used for fusion summoning, is capped at five cards. 

You start with 4000 life points as opposed to the classic 8000. Starting with 4000 life points is pretty cool though, as it is the amount they had in the anime. 

You also gain skills with certain characters as you level them up. Yami Yugi gains skills that enhance spellcaster cards, and Joey Wheeler gains skills that help warrior monsters. 

Needless to say, there are a lot of changes, but this does not lead to unfulfilling gameplay. The combat ends up being is fast and in-depth.  

Story

The story of Duel Links mostly takes the form of small cutscenes between characters as you unlock them. Basically, you are in a virtual reality world that links all the duelists from different shows together. 

You progress the campaign missions by completing tasks and gaining rewards. There is not a lot of depth to it, but at the same time, it does not feel empty. 

Summary

Though I was really hoping for a full-fledged dive back into Yu-Gi-Oh! gameplay, I was not even slightly disappointed with the changes. In the end, I think the smaller battlefields and lower life points created a better mobile experience than I could have hoped for. 

Growing up playing Yu-Gi-Oh! on the park tables at recess, it is hard not to have fond memories of the series. I have played these games since the PlayStation 1, enjoying it the entire time, and Duel Links did not disappoint me at all. 

Have you played Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links? What are your thoughts on the gameplay changes?


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Hans Goss

Hans was a US Army Airborne Infantryman with the 82nd Airborne and is now an avid gamer and writer. You can often find him live on Twitch under his gaming handle Fugio.

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