Beasts of Balance (2016) comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top of the first to join it. Different items can then migrate and evolve animals to score more points. Players work together to get the highest score. If the tower tumbles you have a limited time to get it balanced again. There’s also a competitive mode where players balance animals to battle each other. The balancing teamwork gets players supporting each other and discussing how to add creatures without bringing the tower down.
The collaborative mode is a good way to understand how the different objects interact with each other in the game. But adding the ‘Battle Cards’ really brings the fun alive. Along with picking the right pieces to play, you can use cards from your hand at any time by tapping them on the plinth. This adds substantially more tactics and even lets you booby-trap particular creatures and items. Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Beasts of Balance 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete. A round will last up to 30 minutes, depending on how good you are at stacking the items on the plinth and how much time you spend deliberating over tactics.
5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Very young players can enjoy the balancing aspect of the game, while older children will come up with different strategies to score more points.
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can to purchase additional animals to balance and card for the competitive mode.
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