Rovio's Battle Bay First impressions: An addictive MOBA in your pocket!

Rovio today launched its brand new IP called Battle Bay. The new title is available on both Android and iOS platforms and is available globally for everyone to download. The title looked like loads of fun and it came from the makers of the Angry Birds, so I decided to give the multiplayer game a shot.

According to Rovio, Battle Bay is a real-time multiplayer battle arena (MOBA). Since there will be thousands (soon millions) of players logging online, the server decides whom you get to play with. With list generated automatically with a maximum of 5 players on each side, and then the battle begins!

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But you will have a good idea as to what your goals are and how to go about achieving them thanks to the initial (lengthy) tutorial which will force you into 4-5 battles before you can actually start making some decisions of your own.

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But don't be afraid to jump into battle because you will have 4 friends on your side every time you do so.

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The gameplay is fairly simple. You start off as a captain with a ship of your own. You need to choose between 5 ships, each with their own special ability. As the game progresses you can train crew and buy more ships.

The Enforcer packs a powerful offensive punch, the Defender is a nearly indestructible floating tank, the Shooter can equip more weapons than you will ever need, the Speeder stays in the action with acceleration and agility, and the Fixer keeps your teammates floating.

Combined with the quick paced electro music, the game initially feels like mayhem and completely chaotic. But you gradually get the hang of things in what appears to be a role-playing game (RPG).

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Once you have chosen your ship, you play your first battle and then get to upgrade both the artillery on your ship and as your progress the ship itself.

There's cannons, torpedoes, grenades and more to select from and you can modify and fuse these items in any possible combination your like or fancy.

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You also have your crew, whom you will have to keep training to get things done faster.

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But it's not just about jumping into battle every single time and firing away. There's plenty of strategy involved as well. You can play a defensive game with your team and simply hide and shoot, or just go all out blasting away, where you can easily become a target out in the open.

Instead of randomly joining you can also join guilds where you can team up with your friends and even chat with your guild mates.

Not getting too much into the details, Rovio has also included a VIP subscription that gets you the following benefits:

– +50% Ad-Free bonus to Battle Rewards
– 20% faster Crew Training
– One free Daily Shop Refresh
– Access to the VIP Chat Channel.

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While these may sound interesting to regular players, price tags are pretty hefty. The VIP membership subscription is available as a weekly or monthly purchase at a price of $4.99 (Rs 320) / week or $9.99 (Rs 642) / month. On iOS payments will be charged to your iTunes Account. If you happen to have an iPad lying around, try it out as it was a much better experience in my opinion.

Published Date: May 05, 2017 04:08 pm | Updated Date: May 05, 2017 04:08 pm