South Park: Phone Destroyer Review: Jokes & Cards
- Name: South Park: Phone Destroyer
- Developer: RedLynx, Ubisoft
- Genre: Strategy
- Price: Free, with in app purchases
- Installed size: 472 mb
- Best played in medium sessions
- No bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: No
What is South Park: Phone Destroyer?
South Park: Phone Destroyer is Clash Royale-like South Park game with some notable differences. The core gameplay is very similar to CR, players summon characters using constantly replenishing energy, and those characters attempt to take out the opposition. Unlike Clash Royale and many other similar games, there are no towers or mid points each battle. Each player simply has a three part health bar.
While the core gameplay mechanics are nothing new, the rest of South Park: Phone Destroyer is a bit more original. Character cards, like Sheriff Cartman and Smuggler Ike, can be powered up by using special upgrade items, and then upgraded further by combining cards with duplicates. Phone Destroyer also forgoes the chest system used in similar games, instead opting to reward players after every match they play with 3 random items (gold, cards, upgrade items). Though card packs which function like chests/crates in other games are given out every 4 hours and after 3 PVP wins.
South Park: Phone Destroyer has two modes, a single player story mode and a 1 vs 1 PVP mode. The PVP mode plays out just as one would expect, a player on each side using their deck to try and take down their opponent. The story mode has players go through various stages taking on minions before getting to each stage’s main fight against a card featuring a notable character like Pocahontas Randy or Medicine Woman Sharon. The story mode is accompanied by text messages between the game’s characters, mostly made up of witty banter.
If you happen to be a fan of South Park and its characters, you will almost certainly find something to like in South Park: Phone Destroyer. If you’ve never liked South Park, you’re easily offended, or you have something against Clash Royale-like games, this game is not for you. This a case of a game with a familiar structure but a fresh coat of paint.
South Park: Phone Destroyer’s core mechanics are well executed. Different characters have different roles, from Mimsey as a tank that heads straight for the enemy player, to the pigeon swarm which is great at tanking out high damage single target attackers. This gives the game’s deck building some depth. The characters themselves also show some nice creativity with neat details like Alien Clyde’s head being made up of a stack of bicycle helmets.
Unfortunately, like most games in the genre, South Park: Phone Destroyer is repetitive, and will get old quickly for a lot of gamers. The game’s PVP mode is particularly repetitive as most players will have almost the exact same decks early on. The single player mode is not much better, with the lone bright side being that there are some nice jokes thrown in. The game even pushes for players to replay levels by giving each stage 5 different difficulty levels.
Ultimately, there are Android games out there that do the same things as South Park: Phone Destroyer. Some are better, others are worse. Whether or not you enjoy the game will largely depend on your feelings for the South Park franchise.