Battle Bears Royale is an amazing multiplayer team combat app that is the answer to my current gaming addiction. Yes, it’s true, I also play desktop video games, usually Team Fortress 2. So what is an addict to do when away from a computer? Look for serious help? See a therapist? Get a coping skill? NO, you find a game on your mobile phone that’s just like your favorite computer game! The answer to my Team Fortress gaming addiction is Battle Bears Royale. It is a very simplified version of course, but a version none the less (or at least a step in the right direction). To play Battle Bears Royale, players connect via the internet to form two teams that square off against each other in first person shooter combat. Currently, the game only offers a team death-match scenario, and your bear is in 3rd person versus 1st (which makes the controls far easier with a tablet or phone). SkyVu Pictures will soon be releasing a capture the flag type game as well.
What’s hilarious about Battle Bears Royale is that you are a bunch of oddly shaped bears fighting each other with ridiculous weaponry. You can choose from several different types of bears including a Soldier, Heavy, Huggable, Demolition, and Sniper (all mimicking similar classes almost exactly from Team Fortress). Each type of bear has its strengths and weaknesses.
This game is free for a reason, which is also obvious, SkyVu Pictures makes their money from in app purchases. However, this game CAN be completely free; you’ll earn plenty of currency as you play, and you by no means need any currency to play on a regular basis. Most all of the items you start with are just fine, and no better or worse than the items you can buy.
This game really doesn’t have any blood or gore. Although there is a bit of shooting and some explosions, all of it is cartoon style animation. For instance when I use an ability to try and hurt someone instead of blood spraying everywhere, hearts begin emanating from my character oddly enough. All in all, I love this game. Check it out.
Battle Bears Royale Walkthrough
I’m not quite sure how to give you a guide for online play against other opponents, considering humans (playing as bears in this case) are unpredictable and inventive. So I’ll give some basic combat tips instead. You start out with a Soldier type bear, he has a gun and a rocket launcher. If you are shooting with one hand (your right thumb) be sure to be moving with the other (left thumb). It is extremely important to keep moving during combat. Why? Because it’s harder to hit a moving target. Make sure to use both weapons. Start out with a quick shot of your rocket launcher to do some initial damage. Make sure to lead your target a bit due to the rocket having to travel towards your target. Afterwards, switch to your machine gun to try and finish the job. If your enemy is closing too fast, make sure to use your melee button on the bottom of the screen. Many times new players fail to use their melee combat enough, or for that matter too much. The best players constantly switch between the two to maximize their damage to other players. The basic concept of knowing which weapon is best used at the current moment can really help you get a leg up. Next, you have abilities that you can purchase (or use depending on the class you play). I would highly recommend buying a medical tent fairly early on in the game once you have earned some cash. The medical tent can be used at any time, including in combat. It heals you as long as you are holding still. This is great after you just barely win a fight, to get back up to full health quickly. Picking a class that suits your play style and what YOU like to do is important. If you like to blow people up with explosives from far away, choose the demolition bear. If you like to have a heavy machine gun and mow people down, choose the heavy class. If you love melee combat, choose the huggable (aptly named and hilarious). If you like being sneaky and shooting people from far away choose the sniper (although this class will take you a while to save up for and unlock). If you prefer a balance between them all, then stick with the Soldier. Each class has it’s benefits and drawbacks.
Graphics: The graphics are clear and concise but not amazing. This allows online multiplayer to not be so laggy, which is very important. In which case, I’m quite glad the graphics are the way they are.
Sound/Music: Once again this game is free, and was obviously created to be more about the online experience than anything else. The sounds, although high quality, are quite ridiculous. The bears talk trash back and forth between each other, which is funny, but stupid at the same time.
Pros: A really fun, free, complex, multiplayer team game. This one hits all the right buttons, literally.
Cons: Oddly enough they are the same as the Pros. This game is multiplayer only, which limits its scope. For instance, you can’t play it on an airplane (unless it has WIFI). Also the in app purchases are a turn-off for some people. In this case the developers know you are going to buy stuff, and it’s how they afford to make such a good free game.
Addiction Level: Extremely High. Beware.
Reviewed on: iPhone