FullMetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game Review

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Intro

It seems like card battle games have been popping up over the past decade or so.  In the mid 90s Wizards of the Coast had a smash hit with their “Magic: The Gathering” franchise, but didn’t seem to catch on with the pre-teens.  Since then, every anime-inspired series has had a card battle game with similar rules — from Yu-Gi-Oh to Bleach (and even Naruto).

One of my personal favorite anime series is FullMetal Alchemist, and even they have a card battle game.  If you’re one of the two people in the world playing this card battle game, then you’ll be relieved to know that you no longer have to carry around a paper deck… you can duke it out on your Nintendo DS.

Even if you are familiar with the anime series, you will be completely lost unless you’ve played the card game.  Although the game is a series of enemy encounters that you must battle, the game goes through the entire storyline.  This game is meant for fans of the Trading Card Game, which is a very specific audience.  Those who are a fan of the anime series will be better served with Destineer’s FullMetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy game, which is an arcade game (and serveral mini-puzzles) for the DS that goes through the entire series.


If you actually have played the card game, then you’ll be happy to know that all of the cards are in this virtual installment. The video game can be quite a deal if you’re interested in this game, because you pay one flat price instead of spending money on starter and booster packs.  You don’t have access to all the cards at the beginning, however, as you have to play through several character battles to unlock different cards.