mairie;;battle camp;;app;;ios;;android;;pennypop Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen Here in the Netherlands we have a saying: "Beter goed gejat dan slecht verzonnnen". When translated to English, it roughly means: "It's better to steal something good than invent something bad". And in all honesty, that is exactly what happened with this game. It’s kind of a lot like Pokémon. I must admit, one of my game addictions is Pokémon; I’m one of those people that still wish one day, the Pokémon world becomes a reality and I can go out and catch them all. And even though I am way too old to become a true Pokémon Master, a girl can still have her dreams, can’t she?

BATTLE CAMP

By Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen on June 3, 2015

Here in the Netherlands we have a saying: "Beter goed gejat dan slecht verzonnnen". When translated to English, it roughly means: "It's better to steal something good than invent something bad". And in all honesty, that is exactly what happened with this game. It’s kind of a lot like Pokémon. I must admit, one of my game addictions is Pokémon; I’m one of those people that still wish one day, the Pokémon world becomes a reality and I can go out and catch them all. And even though I am way too old to become a true Pokémon Master, a girl can still have her dreams, can’t she?


But back to the game at hand; as I said it is almost like Pokémon... almost. Because besides Pokémon, the developers of Battle Camp apparently were also quite fond of the game Bejeweled. So I can only imagine what the pitch might have been like. "On the one hand, we like Pokémon, on the other we like Bejewelled. Let’s just blend them together and see how that goes. Everyone in favour, say Ay. Ok, let’s get this done then!” The essence of Battle Camp is that you, a Ranger, collect monsters and use them to fight (and preferably defeat) other Rangers’ monsters by battling them (this is where Battle Camp is very similar to Pokémon). So now on to the Bejeweled part of the game. To make your monsters attack you have to make 3-4-5-6 in a row of the same element. It is a tad different from bejewelled, because you can move elements multiple spaces at once.

As with most mobile games you just tap the screen to make things happen. You move your character around by clicking where he has to go. The basics of the game are just like Pokémon; you start off with five basic elements: grass, fire, water, rock and you can guess the last one… no, wrong, it’s not electricity (which is not a natural element). No, the last one is wind. The elements are represented by element icons; leaves for grass, flames for fire, water-drops for water, rocks for rock (because if it rocks, what else do you need?) and finally, yellow clouds for the wind element. That last one threw me off a bit because wind is not yellow and neither are clouds. Snow is yellow sometimes... right! Let’s just move on. As said before, to attack, you’ll need to combine one element into rows of 3-6 of a kind. Making multiple combos will give you an attack bonus. Besides the five basic elements you start out with, there’s a sixth "element” in the bejewelled part of the screen: hearts. As the more perceptive amongst you might have already guessed, by making a combo with 3-5 hearts you restore some of your health.


The most important aspect of the game is making your team stronger. This can be done by either battling other monsters or rangers, or by feeding your monsters, both of which makes them stronger. And here comes maybe the creepiest part of Battle Camp. To strengthen any uncommon / rare monsters you may win, you feed them... your common monsters. Yes, you read it correctly, you feed your monsters other monsters... that’s pure monster-cannibalism! But then again, who cares? At least your best monsters get even stronger by doing so. And besides, it frees up space in your inventory quite easily. So at least you have a place for your hard earned money. If you are more monster-friendly you can also sell the unneeded monsters. And the higher their level, the higher their value. So yes, there is money to be made here!

Okay, the general idea of the game should be obvious by now, so let’s get to my personal experience. In general, I love the game. HOWEVER… it is quite hard to defeat Rangers, they have unrealistically strong monsters. And you should really quit the game whenever you’re close to losing, or otherwise your progress gets lost. (It happened to me several times in the beginning until I figured out what the reason was. I had to battle a guy several times). Another tip, make sure you have all the elements represented in your team. Because if you don’t have water and you make a combo with water-drops… nothing happens. You lose your move and it could cost you the battle. And keep in mind you just have a limited time to fulfil your goals. When your time’s up and you still haven’t fulfilled them, you will have to start all over again.


So in conclusion: With the creation of Battle Camp, the developers at Pennypop proved that sayings aren’t always nonsense, even the Dutch ones. It is a great game which is really fun to play, but make sure you have a good internet connection on your phone, preferably a steady WIFI connection. Once you have that, collect as many monsters as you can and fight everyone!


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BATTLE CAMP
Pennypop
May 22, 2015 (version 3.1.3)