Zatch Bell Mamodo Battles
|a game by||Eighting Co., Ltd.|
|Platforms:||GameCube, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Anime Games|
One look at Zatch Bell!: Mamodo Battles is about all most people need to decide whether they will love or hate the game. This dumbed-down fighter is an anime spin off with crazy characters, bright colors, and a plot line only those familiar with the anime will understand.
In short, a Mamodo is an often strange looking creature that must battle others of its kind in order to be decided ‘king’ of their world. Your goal in the story mode of this game (a scant 3 hours of gameplay) will be to guide Zatch, the hero of the game, through some of these battles.
Zatch Bell is a Momodo, and dreams of becoming a peaceful leader that will truly help the Mamodo world. You control various characters in a two-team combo, but that’s not saying much as the second team member only fights occasionally for special moves.
It’s very similar to One Piece: Grand Battle in layout, dumbed down anime appearance, and relatively empty plot.
Fairly Average Button Masher
The combat itself is also nothing special. You’ll spend most of the time mashing the same button over and over again. All melee attacks are performed with a single button, mage attacks with a different one, and there’s also a simple block. Moving around is fairly useless in these scenarios, so you’ll be mainly hammering that one button hoping to win through sheer force of will.
Very short gameplay
Zatch Bell!: Mamodo Battles has 6 scenarios which can be played through pretty quickly. All total you can expect at most 2 hours of gameplay from the scenarios. The scenarios are different based on what character you are playing, and do a reasonable job of explaining why these characters are fighting each other.
Unfortunately, most of your gameplay time may not actually be going to gameplay. The game’s navigation works as a central hub, and you need to check certain areas to see if there is someone to fight. Sometimes you’ll have endured a loading screen only to discover there is nothing there.
After you struggle through story mode, you have few options to stay with the game. There is a timed attack mode that lets you baby-slap other characters in an attempt to win within a time frame, and “versus” mode, where you can pit yourself against specific characters. Overall, there’s nothing to keep you playing this game for hours on end unless you’re a huge fan of the anime series.
This game lacks in too many areas to be a good game. The lack of skill and repetitive nature of the fights make it feel empty, and the lack of intelligence in the AI makes defeating it relatively easy. Navigation is confusing at best, and can be frustrating when you are looking for a fight and waste time on an empty screen. Unless you are a diehard fan of the anime series, it’s probably best to steer clear of this game.
- May appeal to fans of the anime or small children
- Empty plot
- Empty button mashing
- Confusing navigation