The CCG game that's all the bells and whistles at the moment is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links.
Now, there's a good number of Yu-Gi-Oh! games out there: Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generations and so on. It really is quite an extensive list. Konami have published a Yu-Gi-Oh! game for every platform you can think of but not one of those games was ever good enough for hardcore fans of this anime.
None of these games could ever convey the true atmosphere of a Yu-Gi-Oh! duel - we're talking 3D monsters, proper voice acting, playing against other players in a virtual world etc. To be fair, certain games did hit some of these marks, but it was nowhere near the complete Yu-Gi-Oh! experience fans were hoping for.
This is where Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links steps in. It is a complete package, not just for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, but for every fan of the CCG genre. Released in 2016 for Android and iOS devices, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links sees you take on the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! as you duel your way to stardom.
While the game does not offer a story mode that revolves around the actual events from the anime, it does take you on a whole different journey. A much better one at that. In Duel Links, you can choose between dueling the characters from the anime, such as Yugi, Joey, Kaiba and the rest of the gang. These duels are all fairly easy for people who grew up playing Yu-Gi-Oh! on their PC or Gameboy because the CPU in those games was significantly harder to beat.
Apart from being able to duel against the characters from the anime, there's also a PvP mode where you take on real people from all over the world, which is one of the best features of the game. The duel presentation is absolutely fantastic as well. The visuals, the voice acting - it's just everything a Yu-Gi-Oh! game should be.
Now, the question that comes to our mind is: how come that a mobile Yu-Gi-Oh! game is able to outshine every other Yu-Gi-Oh! game on vastly superiour platforms? It's no secret that PC is the big boss of the gaming world, so how come that every Yu-Gi-Oh! game on PC has been crap? And that's us being generous. Seriously, playing Yu-Gi-Oh! on a PC - or any other major platform for that matter - is just the same as playing solitaire. It's just another card game.
We believe the answer lies in the very developer of the game and its new CEO. Hideki Hayakawa, Konami's new CEO, has stated in an interview that "Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies."
We're not sure we'd exactly agree with this statement completely, but if this is the direction Konami want to take in the future then, hey - at least that means we'll have even better Yu-Gi-Oh! games on our phones in the future, right? We just hope that they don't stop investing in other platforms altogether - we love our PES on the PS4 and we would not like to see it on mobile phones in its best form.
So to sum it up, if you're a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! or just card games in general, then definitely give Duel Links a try. We promise it's worth your while - and it's free! What more can you ask for?
We give Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links a well-deserving 8/10.