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What's it about?
In SOUTH PARK: PHONE DESTROYER, players lead the charge in a South Park-themed game of Cowboys and Indians, where familiar characters are dressed up, each with lots of offensive and defensive capabilities. As the New Kid, a wizard with his smartphone who can summon characters to battle, you'll fight against the AI or battle against other live players (though there's no chat between players -- just gameplay). The game is deep enough that it can be played by newcomers to card strategy games or be challenging to veterans (each level can be played multiple times, with the difficulty increasing each time you play it again after you've won). Campaign stages are classic card-based strategy (you'll choose which of your cards to play, bringing those characters to life to combat what the enemy has chosen), but they're fused with aspects of a side-scrolling game. So, rather than staying in one spot, your band of cowboys will stroll down a street, defeating minor foes before facing the level's boss. Win the battle, and you'll get a chance to draw three more cards for the next fight.
Is it any good?
Like the show it's based on, you probably already have a good idea of whether you'll like this game or not. South Park is a divisive program. Even some older fans may not find it as funny anymore. But if you like the show, you'll love South Park: Phone Destroyer. The trademark sense of humor is just as raunchy and offensive as you'd expect. And the story is largely a threadbare one that's meant to support the game's jokes. If that were all that Phone Destroyer had going for it, it'd be a bust. But the card strategy gameplay itself is also very well done. It's essentially like other strategy deck building games: Players use cards representing characters from the show, each with their own abilities to defeat opponents. As time goes on, you collect more cards and upgrade abilities to become more powerful. The single-player campaign is fun to play and not too frustrating -- and players who prefer player vs. player (PvP) can battle it out as long as they'd like. There's a bit of a heavy lean on in-app purchases, especially as you progress later in the game, but that's quickly becoming the norm for titles. Ultimately, this is a well-crafted game loaded with humor. The question players need to ask is: Is it the kind of humor that appeals to them personally?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about anger management -- and why it's important. Can you see how the ways these kids express their emotions could get them in serious trouble? Why are their actions not OK?
Talk about the value of a vivid imagination. Do you know why you don't need electronics to have a good time?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 14, 2017
- Category: Card Games
- Topics: Adventures
- Size: 81.70 MB
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Version: 2.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: March 7, 2021
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