Based on the popular anime, trading card game and manga from Shonen Jump, a brand new Yu-gi-oh! game is out for fans to buy. The Yu-gi-oh! franchise has been going on for over 5 years now in North America, and many products have been made available. A manga, a decent load of video games for many systems, a overall good anime series, and a spin-off one too, and to top it off a Trading Card Game vastly fun for the kids and young teens to play.
When dueling your opponents, you play just like on the anime, or in the real TCG. You draw, play a card, do your Standby Phases, watch your opponent’s make their moves etc.
Here are the basic gameplay of the game to newbies reading this:
Yu-gi-oh! has always been about dueling, and whatnot. You play with a large deck of Trap, Spell/Magic, and various Monster Cards, and battle your opponent. When your Monster has been sent to the Graveyard, the place where defeated Monsters go, you lose Life points, but only if that monster was in attack mode. There are exceptions though if you have Spell, Trap, or Special Effect Monsters which alter this in some way. Ritual Monsters are special monsters which can only be summoned to the field when you have the Spell activation card, and after you sacrificed the number of monsters with equal or more stars then the Ritual Monster, then it can be summoned to the field. Fusion Monsters are when two monsters combined into one using the ‘Polymerization’ card.
If you play the TCG, or collect the cards, it may be useful when playing the import version as it does give you descriptions like in the picture below, which is a problem for some cards you haven’t seen yet or haven’t used ever. If you do see a card you don’t know, and a card you don’t own from the TCG, save it till the end, or do something with it, just don’t play it on the field. It may do damage to yourself, or a luck card that may cause you to lose a monster, a card from your hand or deck, who knows? Be careful when playing this game. Be sure you know what you are about to play.
The music on Duel Monsters Expert 2006 is pretty good if you’re a newcomer, if your a returning fan, this is pretty repetitive, and dull. Not a lot of action, or suspense music in this. When dueling, and losing, and almost out of life points, this may distract you form your thinking, and may cause you to lose. That isn’t cool, is it? So turn off your speakers if you wish when listening to this soundtrack.
The Graphics in this game is continually improving in Yu-gi-oh! games, as it does need to have better graphics to attract players. Card detail has improved since the beginning of the Yu-gi-oh! games on the Gameboy Advance. Gamers should feel lucky when playing this. As this game offers a bit more than what you can expect from a regular card game in a real life.
As I am a Yu-gi-oh! fan, playing, and owning every game from a series is a good choice if you have the money. Especially for this as it is in Japan, and you will need to import it. If you plan to import this game, have no worries, as it is like many Yu-gi-oh! Games, you won’t need to learn Japanese to play this, especially if you played other games from Yu-gi-oh! on Gameboy Advance. You may need to learn Japanese a bit to read card descriptions for cards you don’t know in the game. No word on Nintendo to make this game available on GBA. I would recommend this game to a die-hard Yu-gi-oh! fan of any kind, or any a Card Battle game player. Have fun~