|Developer||Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.|
Don’t know what to do while waiting for this week’s episode of Dragon Ball Z Super? We have an ideal pastime for you: Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, the new role-playing game for mobile devices.
Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle begins when a mysterious character collects the Seven Dragon Balls. His wish when the Dragon Sheron appears is to discover the strongest person in time and space. The effects of that wish alter the dimensions and now you must rearrange the time-space continuum. It sounds very deep but basically you are going to fight. The game consists of dungeons which in turn are made up of squares, like a board game. Some squares are empty but others contain enemies, items, Dragon Balls or other surprises. At the beginning of each turn the game offers you three random numbers, which represent three possible squares you can fall into. That means that you can’t sweep the dungeons 100% and you must select your progress well. Combat follows in the footsteps of other RPGs for mobile devices that mix elements of the “connect-three” genre. You must connect the more “ki” (energy represented in the form of balls) of the same color the better to do more damage to the enemy. The concept is simple but there are many variables to take into account: the enemy’s weakness, the order of attacks, combos between allies… On paper it seems confusing but in practice it is entertaining and easy to understand. Finally, in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle you must manage your team of fighters, assign items to them, change them among other users, merge them to make them stronger…
The controls are very simple. With the touches you will perform various actions: unleash “ki”, change characters, navigate through the menus, advance the story… The only negative thing we can blame Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle is that the texts are in English. Understanding the texts well is key to learning how to play the game. The quality of the graphics and sound are above the normal level for a game of these characteristics. The fights convey the frenzy of the original series very well, while the soundtrack has been taken from the anime. Even the Japanese voices have been kept to please the most puritanical.
Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle is a parade of battles enlivened by dungeons structured in an original way and a combat system that engages. Don’t expect puzzles, deep dialogues or anything like that. Also keep in mind that, like all “good” free-to-play games, you will have to arm yourself with patience and repeat many missions if you want to pass the game without paying a single euro. If you accept this premise, and you are a fan of the adventures of Goku and company, you will have a great time.