And Gravity Bear doesn’t stop there. Unlike it’s spiritual predecessor MyBrute; BattlePunks has a fully featured character editor. Here you can customize and give your character its distinct look and feel. From the hair, skin, etc, its all about making your character yours. And if you’re not content with that, you can always head over the Shop, to buy brand new clothing/accessories/gears using your hard earned gold from fighting. This gives players even more reason to play the game, as it encourages you to get more gold to personalize your character, rather than just getting new skills/items/weapons. It simply works & I’m hooked.
Getting into fights are relatively easy, and the Battle screen gives you 3 challengers to pick, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The game also shows what your opponent could be bringing to the fight, so you can prepare ahead what kind of setup you’ll bring before stepping into the ring. This gives a layer of strategy to an otherwise mind-numbing fighting game.
And speaking of fighting, the game is simply amazing once the battle starts. Alot of dynamic going on, and it is pretty smooth compared to MyBrute. Here it is in action:
Other features include being able to duel with friends, as well as the freedom to go to one locate to another (given you meet the level requirements & got the appropriate map) so you can get new items, meet new challengers, and get a brand new area to fight in.
This also gives players more things to look forward to, and keeps the game feeling fresh, as there’s always a new location to go to, making it feel RPG-ish in a way.
The only thing that I can say is a problem with BattlePunks, is the long initial load times, as it will install and download its custom game engine into your PC. It may take atleast 10 – 15 minutes (on very slow internet connections) but once that’s done, loading the game should be as quick and painless as any Facebook game.
Gravity Bear’s first foray into Facebook gaming marked the dawn of a new era. Just when every developer out there is content to be just another clone of another Facebook game, Gravity Bear ups the ante by delivering console-quality gaming to Facebook. Some may argue, that its just a MyBrute clone, but once you get into it, you will see that the comparison is only skin-deep. With myriad of options, customizations, and dynamic action in 3D, you’d even forget the MyBrute comparison. The initial load time may turn off others as it may take awhile, but for me that initial wait is well worth the admission price for such a great and addicting Facebook app.