Battle Team Review: A Slightly Different Gacha Game
- Name: Battle Team
- Developer: Visualcube
- Genre: RPG, Gacha
- Price: Free, with in app purchases
- Installed size: 798 mb
- Best played in medium sessions
- Some bugs and translation issues
- Playable Offline: No
What is Battle Team?
Battle Team is a science fiction turn based RPG with gacha hero collection mechanics. Players pick up to 4 heroes and send them off to battle against their enemies in the game’s story, PVP, and event modes. Battles are turn based and each character has a few different skills to choose from. Like most gacha games, PVP plays out with defense and attack teams, players are only in control of their heroes while attacking.
Battle Team has a heavy emphasis on crafting and the upgrading of your base’s buildings. Many of the items that players will need to power up their characters and unlock new ones can be crafted using items found while playing the game. The game also features a tech tree that lets players upgrade things like their production production speed and lower the costs associated with upgrading characters. Crafting, upgrading your character’s skills, upgrading facilities, and a lot of other actions in the game have timers associated with them.
Battle Team has its share of good and bad elements. While the game boasts about having 300 heroes to collect, that number hides the fact that well under 100 are unique. The rest are elemental variants with a different name. Crafting feels like a way of introducing more timers into the game, as most of the ingredients you find are only useful for crafting one thing. Crafting quickly turns into a process of grinding for ingredients and then waiting for the crafting process to finish.
That being said, Battle Team does not put nearly as much pressure on gamers to use the game’s in app purchases as some other games in the genre. Gameplay is also a notch above many similar games. Although it still features auto play as an option, manual control is a lot more meaningful when players can choose which skills they want their characters to execute.
Similar to Dragon’s Watch, the likelihood of enjoying the game depends in large part on one’s feelings about the game’s heroes and setting. Enjoying a sci-fi setting and being able to tolerate the fact that there are typically 5 versions of the same hero are key in determining whether or this game is for you. While the gameplay is solid, the game’s story is something worth skipping, and there are a lot of timers that players will need to deal with. In the end, there are a lot of gacha games out there, and Battle Team’s setting and gameplay set it apart from, but not necessarily above of, the competition.