I’m not a huge proponent of mobile games. In all honesty, I’d rather spend my time playing games on my butt with the PlayStation 4, or on the go with the Vita. With this in mind, when I heard of Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, I was very intrigued. I’ve loved the Dragon ball series ever since I was a little kid and having that on the go in a mobile game system could be a lot of fun. What I got though, was something I wasn’t expecting.
What caught me most off guard was the fact that Dokkan Battle is a mix of many styles of game. In incorporates a board game, a card game, a puzzle game, and a strategy game. This is what makes Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle work so well. It simply takes the best elements from these genres and puts them to good use.
I’ll get my negative out of the way right now. The production quality for the game is pretty low and it’s fairly obvious that huge team didn’t go to work on it and there wasn’t much money spent making the game look beautiful. It’s very simple and some of the images look a bit pixelated and blurry when brought close. That doesn’t detract from the fun though, so it’s not something that I will knock the game too hard for.
When I play, watch, or read anything that has to do with Dragon Ball Z, I always look to see if it captures that special charm that the anime had to it. Dokkan Battle accomplishes that and makes it feel that you’re playing an official DBZ game and not some cheap knock off.
The fast paced action is there, your favorite moves like the Galic Gun are there, and all the faces you know and love make a return. There’s just something about assembling your own team of Z Fighters and enemies that makes me get a huge, dumb smile while playing.
The game also nails the free to play model. The game is free and offers in-app purchases, but I don’t feel like it’s necessary to buy anything. You also receive a nice helping of Dragon Rocks, the currency that lets you continue a fight when you’ve been KO’d, for downloading the game as a thank you from the developers.
I love Dragon Ball Z and I’m pretty critical about games with its license being good. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle really surprised me and I can see myself playing the game for awhile, both at home and on the go. The polish isn’t there, but the fun is and the lack of shine doesn’t impede on progressing or having a good time.
When it comes to Dokkan battle, I’m pleasantly surprised and can’t wait to jump back in to see what the game has in store for me and my team of Z Fighters.