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By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on April 11, 2017

Allright, guys and girls! According to my sponsor at my IA (Insanity Anonymous) meetings I had to make this confession to the people I care most about, which of course are you guys... Well, the confession is: I really really really like to control people, and then quickly start calling them "Minions"! I do think it has something to do with my meetings with mr. Sadhonker. Anyway, on to more pressing matters!

Although it cost me quite a lot of courage and willpower come to you with this confession, it does serve as a nice bridge to the game we are going to have a look at today: Minion Masters, a game brought to us by Danish indie developer Betadwarf Entertainment. Their new game is currently in early access on steam and we were one of the chosen ones who were able to take a sneak peak at this game.

Minion masters is a fast paced head to head game in which you take the role of a master and, consequently, are able to send your minions into battle against your opponent. These orders will be followed blindly by them, even if this means certain death. See, this is how I like my minions; complaint and completely fearless.

You, as a player, are a master (of Minions) and have a deck of cards which represent your minions. These cards are gained by leveling up or crafting. Crafting these cards is easy; just select the card that you want to craft from the list and use "shards" you collected during battles to actually craft it. The battles are fought between two minion masters who try their best at sending out the best units all the time. The opportunity to do so, however, is limited due to the fact that sending out units costs mana. So it's actually the amount of mana a player has that determines which units you can send out. Each minion card costs a certain amount of mana to play and you at least have to have to have that amount of mana to summon said minion. Mana recovers at a relatively fast and steady pace though. This also is where a little bit of strategy comes in play; is it better to send out a couple of weak units or wait and collect some mana to send out that one strong unit?

Minion selection is also limited by the fact that you can only choose between 4 of your minions, which are easily selectable by using the Q,W,E or R key. This Quick selection can make the gameplay really fast-paced once you get the hang of the controls and if you know what you're doing. Also, the flow of the game isn't interrupted by unnecessary mouse movement, which I think is always a good thing!

The playing field of the game always follows the same concept, but the look changes from game to game. the basic concept is that there are two "placement" fields on which the respective players can place their minions. These two fields are connected to each other by two bridges, the last player crossing these bridges gains control of them and, in doing so, gains XP over time.

In order to win a game of Minion Masters, one player has to destroy his or her opponents' tower. These towers have a health bar which is shown prominently in the lower half of the screen. once the tower has been destroyed, your enemy is vanquished and you may claim your hard-earned victory. It's a simple concept, but it's very effective and makes for fast and frantic rounds of one-on-on battles.

I really like the concept of the game; it's really good and enables you to just sit down for five to ten minutes and play a quick game. Because Minion Masters is still in early access, I did come across a few bugs and gameplay inconcistancies that are still present in the current version of the game. You might see minions flashing all over the screen, completely unaware of their own, the opponents', or even the gameboard's place on screen. Even though the game is still a bit rough around the edges, I do see a real nice future for it and its developer. The graphics are awesome and really fit the game's theme. The characters are crafted with a lot of attention to detail, which makes controlling them even more fun! All in all, Minion Masters is a very, very nice game that can easily keep you tossing minions around for hours on end without, as mentioned earlier, taking away the possibility to just play one or two quick rounds. So, if you have a couple of minutes to spare, download Minion Masters on steam (at the time of writing it costs no more than five euro's) and come join me for a quick game of "who is the best Master of Minions"!

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