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What's it about?
In BATTLE BAY, players sail one of five ships into a series of multiplayer combat missions (each ship has a different specialty and four must be unlocked first). Players fight for up to five minutes, attempting to destroy the enemy to earn parts and pearls, which are used to upgrade ships by adding health, defensive abilities, speed, and firepower. Teams can also play a defensive strategy to capture the battle area. Plus, players can choose to either launch a guild with friends or the game will automatically match them with other players for drop-in play.
Is it any good?
While this aquatic squad based battle game has a lot of potential, its pacing keeps it from being a must play. When you're the company known for Angry Birds, expectation levels are pretty high. Battle Bay, from Rovio, doesn't come close to the heights set by that iconic game, but it certainly has lots of potential. The game does multiplayer right and keeps the focus on action rather than micromanaging your boats (though there's plenty of that for people who like it). The bite-sized combat also lets you get in and out without tiring of the game's concept quickly. And the impact of the ocean on battle, with waves rocking your ship and affecting your aim, is done very well. Best of all, the rewards after a battle are substantial enough that in-app purchases don't feel like a requirement. The game, though, isn't as fast-paced as you would expect. Ships move slow and turn slower. While you can upgrade the speed of boats, most people will focus on weapons. It's not enough to spoil your enjoyment of the game, but it will dampen things a bit.
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