Bakugan Battle Brawlers

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Shallow card/strategy game promotes the Bakugan brand.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The main message here is that card games and monster battles are fun. There is a spirit of camaraderie among the main characters when they chat with and help one another, but it’s overwhelmed by the constant focus on Bakugan battles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids in the game are nice enough and their mission is to save the universe from evil entities, but they don’t seem to be interested in anything other than Bakugan and card games. In fact, some have become online celebrities (within the game) for their card playing prowess.

Ease of Play

It’s a strategy game, so there are plenty of rules to learn. A quick 15 minute tutorial does a good job of distilling the basics, but players will likely continue to learn tactics well into in the story and multiplayer modes.

Violence & Scariness

The Bakugan take the form of various humanoid and animal monsters. Human-like Bakugan are covered in armor and might shoot beams of light from their hands or have long claws with which they can slash. Animal monsters could be based on anything from scorpions to dinosaurs and often attack by charging or using magic. Players don’t see contact, but rather animations that depict aggressive movements and bright flashes of light. Monsters that have been struck often stagger back or fall to the ground. There is no blood or gore.


This game is based on the Bakugan card game and Bakugan Battle Brawlers anime television show. The protagonists are kids who play with the cards. Clearly, the video game exists to help promote the card game and television show, and vice versa.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bakugan Battle Brawlers is tied to a television show of the same name as well as a card game popular with young boys. The game’s young protagonists are, in fact, kids who collect these cards and use them in tournaments. Some of the best are called “battle brawlers” and have attained celebrity status online. It’s a clear case of massive cross promotion, with the likely result that a child who has experienced one Bakugan property will want in on the rest. As for game content, there is plenty of fantasy violence of the Pokemon variety, which is to say players see Bakugan monsters snarling, swinging claws, and using magic, but we don’t really see actual contact. There’s simply a bright flash of light, with the losing monster staggering and perhaps falling down. Note, though, that the monsters are a bit fiercer than those in Pokemon games.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. November 12, 2017

The best budget game

You can often find this game nowadays in bargain bins and it's totally worth picking up. I wouldn't give more than $20 for it, but fortunately it can... Continue reading
Adult Written bytylerr2 February 19, 2015

A decent dip into the Bakugan License, but could use a lot more content

While the anime series was already posting the Bakugan brand everywhere, the demand was so high that a videogame was released. Overall, as a whole, it's a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymadelineshadowrose January 2, 2012

not for girls

I had minor issues with the fact that there's no gender choice I had to play as a boy
Kid, 9 years old April 23, 2014


The creatures in this game can be very scary for younger kids that are under nine there is mild violence and mild rude messages but it is still a good game for... Continue reading

What's it about?

Based on the popular television show and card game, both of which are geared for young boys, BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS features children using Bakugan cards in battle. The story involves Bakugan -- ball-shaped beasts that transform into monster-like creatures when they touch cards -- that have come to Earth and are in the midst of a massive conflict of good and evil. One of the good Bakugan, named Leonidas, befriends a boy just learning how to play the card game and joins forces with him. The game itself is similar to other fantasy-based card games in that players play cards by tossing them into an arena, then throw in their Bakugan, trying to land them on the cards. Should two opposing Bakugan land on the same card a battle starts, with players doing things like seeing who can shake their remotes more quickly or tap buttons in time with on-screen cursors more accurately. (We tried the DS version as well and it felt much the same as the Wii edition, only with different battle activities, such as rubbing the screen with the stylus as quickly as possible.)

Is it any good?

There’s little doubt kids who love the Bakugan television show and card game will want to play the video game as well, and they’ll probably enjoy it. The question is whether it’s because it’s a fun, well designed game, or simply because they recognize and covet anything that’s part of the Bakugan license. Chances are it’s the latter.

While Bakugan Battle Brawlers is relatively easy to learn for a strategy game and has a nice quick pace, it has very little meat on its bones. There are only three battle types -- shaking, timing, and shooting (which has players pointing at floating icons and pressing the A button) -- and they’re all pretty shallow. The strategy involved in selecting ability cards, how you toss your Bakugan, and picking up power-up items on the battlefield adds a bit of depth, but not enough. Consequently, it feels more like an interactive ad for the Bakugan brand than a full-fledged game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of cross-marketing. Do you understand that one of the primary reasons games like this exist is to promote the products upon which they are based? Do you think that Bakugan Battle Brawlers can offer an engaging experience for kids who haven’t seen the show or played the card game with which it is associated?

  • Families can also discuss strategy card games. What about them makes them so appealing? The act of collecting cards? The pursuit of the perfect deck? The actual play? The socializing that goes along with playing? The fantasy and imagination involved? Does a video game capture these elements?

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