My family just finished play testing the new battle mode this past weekend (4/14 and 4/15) and I thought I'd pass on our thoughts to the team.
Our players were my 9 year old son, wife, and me. We played on an iPad air mini.
The two big issues we noted were as follows:
1. During gameplay, we couldn't tell which person's turn it was based on the guardian highlighting. The slight coloration on the iPad version of the game made it difficult to tell.
2. It wasn't super clear how we were actually battling one another. Aside from the migration modifier taking a beast from one player and giving it to the other, we couldn't tell exactly how to damage other players. It felt a lot like we were playing three parallel games of the base game that had some cross over effects. This made it hard to really formulate a good strategy for placing beasts and the use of the other modifiers. It felt more like we were simply increasing the strength of our own beasts and trying out outlast the other players.
We also thought it would be great if we could store player profiles so that we could see win-loss records, stats, and possibly even customize the guardian avatars. This avatar customization might alleviate the challenges determining who's turn it was and add to the replayability of the game.
Overall, we really enjoyed the first look at the new battle mode! We can't wait to get our hands on the new beasts and the action cards in the upcoming game!
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