Review: Super Blackjack Battle II – Turbo Edition – The Card Warriors (PS4)

Review: Super Blackjack Battle II - Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors (PS4)

Formats:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC
  • iOS, Android

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Super Blackjack Battle II – Turbo Edition – The Card Warriors
Format: PSN (152 MB)
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Headup Games
Developer: Stage Clear Studios
Original MSRP: $7.99 (US), $7.99 (EU), £6.49 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Super Blackjack Battle II – Turbo Edition – The Card Warriors, or its abbreviation SBBIITETCW, is a long name whichever way you look at it. But, what is it all about? Well, the name gives it away but it also reminds me of a classic from another genre, Super Street Fighter 2 and its many iterations.

Gameplay:
Super Blackjack plays just like a regular game against a dealer but it also has an opponent across from your character who you have to beat in terms of the amount of money at the end of ten rounds.

Basically, all you have to do is win a few high stakes hands in the match. I’m laughing as the AI never seems to do all that well anyway. Yes, this game is fairly easy and I only had to continue once or twice when I went all-in on the first hand just to get a massive lead but lost.

Review: Super Blackjack Battle II - Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors (PS4)

A countdown from nine begins and you can simply continue as often as you would like from the start of the ‘fight’ without any penalty. This makes the game feel too easy for my liking but it’s better for the younger players in my family.

Your opponent isn’t the brightest of players and I have even seen them stick on an eight. Who in their right mind would do that?

A simple game of Blackjack is all this really is. Getting to twenty-one and not going bust. You can split and get insurance should the requirements arise. What is different from all the other games of Blackjack is the short story for each of the characters.

Don’t expect anything deep here but some of them are quite entertaining if a little stereotypical, avenging a fallen relative or bigging down a big collar. It’s fun and silly, nothing wrong with that.

Review: Super Blackjack Battle II - Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors (PS4) Review: Super Blackjack Battle II - Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors (PS4)

I have enjoyed the stories of the several characters that I’ve played so far and will probably play it through to see the rest. Aside from the story, there is another mode, which allows you to play for as many rounds as you can.

This endless Simply Blackjack mode does have a strange bug that makes it difficult to play the further you get. Your character, their current cash amount, and cards get smaller with every turn. After about five minutes of play, I cannot make out what hand I have and so I must quit or blindly guess.

Visuals:
Super Blackjack Battle II doesn’t want to be a boring card game. Instead, the design echoes that of Super Street Fighter 2, coincidence? I think not.

I was hoping for a little midpoint mini-game, throwing cards to scratch a car on some docks, for example. But, alas it was not to be. The backgrounds for each location are each unique and generally feature a bar or casino area with a distinctive landmark or attraction just outside, like a Bullfighting arena in Spain.

The characters remind me of the ones you might see lurking in the background of a few old fighting games. There is a flamboyant and stereotypical French person named Marcel, with a French Naval striped shirt and a béret, not forgetting the red necktie. Then we have Greg, the South African warlord, and Sunita the busty Albanian, to name but a few.

Review: Super Blackjack Battle II - Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors (PS4)

Audio:
The developers couldn’t seem to decide if this is a classic fighting game or a simple game of Blackjack. It would seem Super Blackjack Battle II blurs the two together. As I mentioned above everything about this feels like that popular genre-defining fighter.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game features no online component but can be played with up to four players locally. The controller can even be shared if you don’t have enough to go around. It works well but doesn’t allow players to sign in and there’s no adjustment to the starting funds or to create or rename your own generic characters.

Conclusion:
Super Blackjack Battle II – Turbo Edition – The Card Warriors is a fun but slightly flawed game. I found it too easy and it failed to hold my attention for long, which might even put me off playing through the short story of each character. It’s a nice idea to bring some depth to a simple card game but there still isn’t enough here to keep me entertained for long.

Score:
6.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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