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Foto Showdown

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Good strategic battle game with tacked-on photo gimmick.

Game Nintendo DSi 2010
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Foto Showdown is an addictively enjoyable strategy game. While its general monster-battle concept may sound derivative of Pokémon or Bakugan, its gameplay is different enough to feel unique. The storyline may be vague and baffling at times, but plot is definitely not the main draw here. What will keep kids playing is the brainy action and the ever-appealing goal of capturing all 150 possible monster types. Unfortunately, achieving that goal feels near impossible. The photo gimmick is a fun idea, but you really have to wonder how well it works. You can take pictures of items with completely different color schemes and still get the same exact monster (almost any player will grow to hate "wyverns," since every third monster you capture will be one). As you can also win new monsters in battles, the photo gimmick isn't even really necessary. The game is really very good without it.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release date: March 16, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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