Supercell has been at the forefront of mobile gaming and mobile esports for years with classic titles such as Clash of Clans and Clash Royale but there’s one game that I’ve kept an interest in for quite some time and it’s been great watching this game evolve over the years.
I’m talking about none other than the fast-paced, team-based action of Brawl Stars. From the quick and snappy gameplay to the unique cast of characters, it’s easy to see how this game has gathered such a massive audience over the years but a lot has changed since the game’s release almost 3 years ago.
With mobile fighting games starting to dominate the market and first-person shooters proving that they can match their console counterparts, does it still have enough going for it to keep people playing for many months or even years to come? Well, that’s what we’re going to take a look at today.
With all the new gadgets that they’ve added and even the addition of their very own version of Call of Duty’s infamous battle pass, this may be the casual gamer’s go-to source for easy PvP for a long time. So, without further ado, let’s see if Brawl Stars is still god in 2021.
So, What’s It All About
Brawl Stars is very unique in the fact that it can really be described by one genre. There is a wide variety of game modes and characters to choose from and that variety grows with each passing update. There are mostly team games but there are a handful of solo events as well and don’t even get me started on the different methods of attack each character has.
There are straight-up brawlers, swinging their fists and getting in your face to deal massive damage as you helplessly try to flee, as well as shooters that can take you out before they even appear on your screen, and there are even some bombers that can lob projectiles over walls and right into your lap.
Having such a diverse cast to choose from also means that you can adopt literally any playstyle you desire and, once you pick your favorite brawler, you’ll surely be hooked trying to perfect your use of gadgets and star powers but you’re going to need more than one to truly stay on top.
Gadgets & Star Power
Each character starts off at Power Level 1 and they can be made stronger by collecting Power points in Brawl Boxes that you earn through gameplay. Once you reach Power Level 7, you’ll be able to equip a Gadget. It’s a utility-based skill that can give you a boost of damage, health, or even movement and can be activated 3 times per match.
But the true damage all comes from your character’s Star Power which also can be found in Brawl Boxes but only once your character reaches Power Level 9. Once found and equipped, they will instantly jump to Power Level 10 and reach their maximum damage potential. Character rank is determined by how many trophies they win, not their Power Level.
- Hot Zones: Take control of the Zone and earn points by staying in and keeping your enemies out until time has run out.
- Gem Grab: Gems will spawn periodically out of the center of the map and it’s up to you and your team to be the first to get 10 gems in total.
- Knockout: Take out the enemy team in a best of 3 competition. Deaths are permanent until another round starts.
- Showdown: Fight solo or as a duo to be the last man standing Battle Royale Style. Collect power cubes to increase your health and damage.
- Heist: Break open the enemy teams safe while also stopping them from breaking into yours. First to break it open wins.
- Bounty: Collect stars for your team by taking out the enemy team as much as you can. Whoever has the most wins.
- Brawl Ball: Just like football, get the ball into the enemy’s goal. First to score 2 points or whoever has the most points when time runs outwins.
- Seige: Take out the enemy’s assembly turret and collect bolts to activate a powerful robot ally for your team.
So, What’s Good About It?
Despite the fact that most mobile games require you to use real money to progress quickly (I’m looking at you Need for Speed No Limit) and I’ve been able to enjoy almost all of the content available without spending a dime. It goes a long way to restore the reputation of mobile gaming as a whole.
The Brawl Pass is a shining example of how seasonal rewards should be distributed. The majority of the available rewards can be earned simply through gameplay and there’s an option for a small number of extras in the Premium Pass. Even cosmetics can be earned with a small grind.
Not to mention the gigantic list of characters that you have at your disposal. The list has grown exponentially over the years and it only takes a few tries to find the brawler that best suits you and your playstyle. you might even find 2 or 3 but the amount of strategy involved with these choices is priceless.
So, What’s Bad About It?
As Diverse as the cast is to play with, it’s easy to get stuck in the matter of which characters are the most effective. Often players will pick the same OverPowered every game characters and that’s when all that diversity gets thrown out the window.
For a team game, I’m really disappointed that there isn’t any way to communicate with your team during a match outside of emotes and that can be a serious hindrance when a lot of the modes and maps need an insane amount of strategy to overcome. So, even though it’s a team game, you’re better off focusing on playing well yourself.
It may just be me, but most of my sessions spent playing the game and battling other brawlers have also been spent battling my connection to the game. I’ve quit many times because the connection was unplayable but luckily those moments are few and far between.
With all the major improvements they’ve made over the years, it’s easy to see why Brawl Stars still attracts new players every single day, from the more hardcore to the casual gamers just looking for a quick match while waiting for the next moment of their lives to occur. It’s definitely still god in 2021.
Do you play Brawl Stars? What do you think of the current state of the game? Let me know in the comments section below.