Brawl Stars - You Can Run, You Can Hide, But You Can Win Only If You Kill

February 4, 2019
Brawl Stars - You Can Run, You Can Hide, But You Can Win Only If You Kill
Image source: Brawl Stars Supercell

Brawl Stars is the newest addition to Supercell’s hit mobile games Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, and like it’s predecessors, it certainly has the potential to become a great game. It’s still a good and enjoyable game now, but we here at GameBuz news site hope it will become even better after a few updates.

This freemium multiplayer mobile arena brawler video game first soft-launched in the Canadian App Store on June 15, 2017. After Supercell announced its global launch on a Youtube stream, Brawl Stars was released globally for Android and iOS on December 12, 2018, and it already has more than a million downloads.

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Image source: Brawl Stars Cupercell

Brawl Stars mashed up objective-based shooter, a battle royal game, a MOBA-lite and more into one colorful, attractive package. Assuming that you know about Fortnite and/or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (it’s really hard not to since they got so popular and nowadays everyone is talking about those two games), you also probably heard they are also available on the mobile platform.

As opposed to Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, Brawl Stars is made specifically for mobiles so it is less confusing to move around the map when played on a tiny screen.

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Image source: Brawl Stars Apps on Google Play

Top-down, real-time PvP character driven brawler gives you the selection of 22 heroes, or brawlers as they are called in this game, that can shoot, blast, run, hide in the bushes, whatever it takes to kill other players and take the victory. All heroes have skins you can either buy or win in case you prefer not to play with the regular ones, but they are still kind of cute with their little battle squeals that made me giggle a bit.

With more victories, you get more experience points and you can increase characters strength and powers. You move around by dragging the left button on the screen and shoot by dragging the right button in the enemy’s direction or by tapping to shoot the nearest enemy. There is also the third button which can be tapped when it’s charged to release a massive blast, fire, grenades, depending on the character.

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Image source: Brawl Stars Twitter

There are five different gameplay modes so everyone can find something that suits them the most, and they all last just a few minutes.

First one is Gem Grab, it’s pretty straightforward and most fun, in my opinion, in terms of constant action, you play in teams of 3v3, grab at least 10 gems that are popping from the hole in the ground in the middle of the map and hold them for 15 seconds to win the game, if you get killed you lose gems you have collected.

Then you have Showdown, you can choose if you want to play solo or duo, a battle royale for survival, collect power-ups and be the last one standing while the edges of the map are slowly being covered in poison gas. Next one is Bounty, you play 3v3 and you have to take out enemies to collect stars, the team with most stars wins the match.

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Image source: Brawl Stars Twitter

In Heist mode, again you play 3v3 and the goal is to crack open opponents safe while you try to protect yours. The last one is Brawl Ball, basically, you play soccer in teams of 3v3 and you have to score two goals. There are also special events for a limited time so be aware to check them out while they are still available.

While this game is colorful and fun to look at, and at certain times makes you scream at the screen when you get cornered, and killed, by the enemies, it still needs more work. Even though there are just 22 characters you would have to play for a long time, weeks maybe, to get them all, and, of course, the ones you would get much, much later, are more fun to play with.

Another thing is that you have no option of getting gems in the game that you can use for certain items or skins, you can only buy them with money. In some gameplay modes, matches become less exciting over the time since you repeatedly play on the same maps.

Although I enjoyed the game for a couple of hours, I still hope they bring something more with new updates, more brawlers that you can get a bit easier, or maybe a random map generator for Gem Grab that would at least shuffle the bushes in different places. In the end, if I have to describe Brawl Stars in one sentence: It was a fun gaming experience, for a while.