Dragon Ball Tap Battle may be the best fighting game available for your smartphone.
Traditional fighting games tended to require precise, quick commands often don't work well with touch screens, meaning quality smartphone fighters are few and far between. Dragon Ball Tap Battle's complete reimagining of control on a touch screen makes for a quality fighter that's fun even on smartphones.
Tap anywhere onscreen to move in that direction. Long-press on your character to build up power. Tap the buttons that appear beneath your opponent's feet to attack. The type of attack automatically changes depending on the distance from your opponent.
The picture and caption above explain the basics. Just tap the area of the screen you want to go to move there. The type of attack you make automatically changes depending on your timing. This is all you need for basic attacking.
But if DBTB had simply dumbed the controls down in order to work on smartphones, we'd have a pretty basic, boring game. DBTB features a number of "action events" that add strategy to fighting and make the game a bit more interesting.
Here's an example. The anime often features scenes where both combatants let loose a barrage of fast-paced hits on each other, which DBTB manages to recreate quite well. Buttons will pop up randomly around the screen, and you have to tap them faster than your opponent. Do it faster, and you're rewarded with a finishing supermove that deals tons of damage.
You also have occasional card battles, where you have to make your strongest deck out of cards you've gathered beforehand. This is another part of the game that is separate from fighting, but still important in winning.
DBTB also features the same awesome special moves you'd expect from a console fighter. All the famous moves, like Kamehameha, are here, with different moves for each character.
Take a look at the official trailer below for a good idea of what to expect:
The game features plenty of good and bad guys to choose from, so there's a good chance you'll be able to play with your favorite Dragon Ball character. And the more you use a character, the more experience you gain and the faster you level up!
There are plenty of game modes offered, with 3 levels of difficulty, and if you prefer playing old-school style with buttons and a joystick, you can even change over to virtual gamepad mode where the buttons and joystick are onscreen. Another really impressive feature is the ability to connect with a friend's phone via Bluetooth for some 1 on 1 action. Because, come on, what's a fighting game that it doesn't have 2-player?
And of course, just like in the original Dragon Ball, when you've collected all the Dragon Balls in the game, you can call upon Shenlong the dragon. I'll let you find out yourself what happens then...
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Device used: HTC J ISW13HT
Publisher: NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
Last update: 3/26/2013
Price: 350 yen
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan