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Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler

The Yu-Gi-Oh! games have had their share of success and failure on the GBA and each one has brought something new to the growing obsession. Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler does just the same; it brings something new to the games. Actually, it doesnít bring anything all too new; rather it combines just about every type of Yu-Gi-Oh! game out there. Does it work? If you want to find out read on.


The Yu-Gi-Oh! games have not been known for their stunning visuals and this one holds true to the tradition. There arenít that many effects but whatís there is nice and eye catching. The character models are acceptable and cute, but the box art alone shows that this game is aimed toward the younger of the younger audiences. The game seems to aim toward the younger audience but any Yu-Gi-Oh! fan would enjoy it, I do.

The cards are not that detailed at all and it can be a struggle to make out which monster is which. If it werenít for the name being displayed you would never know what some of the monster are. But even that was an issue and one that Konami seems to have with every Yu-Gi-Oh! game on the GBA. Some names are just too long and have to be abbreviated with a single letter, thus chopping off half or sometimes even the whole name. To me itís annoying not knowing the names of the monsters and Konami really needs to find a way around it.

One major complaint I had had to do with the font. It was very difficult to read at times and it became frustrating trying to figure out what the game was trying to tell you. The letters almost seemed to blur into themselves and it was just too difficult to read sometimes.

On the more positive side of things, the backgrounds and environments are full of little details that make them enjoyable to look at. There isnít really that much movement but youíre going to be more focused on what each character is doing rather than the backgrounds. There are other NPCís in the background that really donít do much of anything but add to the feeling that your in a public place with a laid back atmosphere.


Konami did a great job with the voice acting in this game. At the start of their turns, each character will say something along the lines of, ďItís my turn!Ē and it sounds very good on the GBA. You will find a bit more voice acting throughout the game and all of it is done very well.

The Music is done nicely and fits each stage the way it should. The only problem is that the tracks start over every time a character finishes a duel, which is quite often, but when itís your turn the catchy little tunes are fun to listen too. The sound effects are nice and go along great with the visuals.


The game plays out on a board that has a set circular path. There are special spaces that have certain effects such as recovering life points or shuffling the cards on the field. Wild monsters called Creeps control other spaces and youíll have to engage in a duel in order to take over that space. Your goal is to capture as many of these spaces as possible to acquire a certain number of Victory Stars (determined at the beginning of the game) in order to win. You will have to win mini-battles against other players or Creeps on the board to gain these points. But along with this you are going to have to pay attention to how low your Life Points are. You start out with 4000 but if they drop to zero itís game over.

Before you start playing you are required to pick a character from a list of eight with a total of 4 unlockable ones. You will run into many familiar characters from the animated series including Mokuba, Mai Valentine, Seto Kaiba, and Joey Wheeler. Each character has their own pre-made deck similar to the ones they have in the show. There isnít any deck building in the game and you canít buy new cards or receive them from hard earned victories, which is a turn from the other Yu-Gi-Oh! games. You wonít be using them as much in Destiny Board Traveler so it doesnít effect the game at all.

Each character has their own ďSuper PowerĒ that can be used to give you an edge in battle. Yugiís for example allows you to sometimes control an opponentís card with his change of heart power. The Super Powers are given out at random and you can choose when and if you use them. When they are activated they can only be used during that turn so you need to plan carefully.

The core gameplay involves trekking around a board and fighting battles using dice and cards. At the beginning of each turn you must pick from a number of monster cards in your hand to put on your dice, you can choose up to six. The monster level on the cards represent whether or not they can be summoned without a sacrifice and the number of spaces you can move. You can choose whether or not to put a card on the Star Face or a Regular Face. The difference is that you can somewhat control when the Star Face is rolled. After you select which cards to use, they are placed on the sides of the dice and then you roll. When the dice is rolled you will have to push the ďAĒ button as fast as you can to up the chances of rolling the Star Face. When the die gets rolled you will either get a blank side (if you didnít place six monsters on the dice) and your turn ends, or you roll a monster. If you roll a monster, you move the number of spaces on the board equivalent to the level of stars that monster has. This is how you travel about the boards and gather your winning conditions. Confused? Even though there isnít an in-game tutorial the game is fairly easy to learn for someone whoís played the games before and it should only take a few turns for you to pick up the gist of it. Unfortunately it isnít the same for someone who is just getting into the Yu-Gi-Oh! games. The lack of a tutorial makes learning the game for a newbie quite difficult and frustrating, so those of you just joining us in the Yu-Gi-Oh! world, this isnít the best starter game for you.

When you land on a space that requires you to battle, you will enter a Duel against a random Creep or against a fellow player. You will use the monster you previously rolled on the dice during your Duel. In the beginning of the bout, you will choose whether to place your monster in attack or defense position. After this, both players enter a Dice Duel. Itís very brief but can change the outcome of a battle in a second. When the dice is rolled a number of things can happen, some of which included you and your opponentís monsters having their attack and defense positions switched or having their attack and lowered by 500 points. There is also a ďMissĒ side to the dice where nothing happens. After all of the conditioning is through you enter the card battle. The battling is simply comparing attack points or attack and defense points, if your attack is higher than your opponents the difference is subtracted from their Life Points and visa-versa. If either monster is in defense mode neither player takes any damage. There really isnít as much strategy in the card battling part of the game as there is in other Yu-Gi-Oh! card games on account of only being able to use one card in each duel, but if you were to use the entire deck each turn it would take all day to finish the game, so this is most definitely something that was needed and it fits very well into the overall gameplay.

The last thing that I will mention is a neat little thing called the ďLinkage MapĒ system that allows you to create your own maps by combining ones that youíve already unlocked. You can create a bunch of different combinations so you wonít be playing on a single set of boards over and over again; you can have your own custom variety.


This game allows you to go at it with up to three other friends and I would say this is the way to go. If you had a group of buddies to play with, this game could be a major blast. It can be fun for some in the single player mode, but it was definitely meant to emphasize multiplayer, and it would most certainly be a better game with friends. It is a board game after all.


Overall, Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler is a great game to play with your friends and it can be fun to play alone but I donít recommend it unless youíre a hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. The graphics really arenít breath taking but they get the job done. The audio is pretty good and the music is bright and cheery. Itís not a fast paced game so you wonít be left behind and the only complaints I had had to do with the hard to read font and the lack of a tutorial, but you can easily get over them. Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler is a fun, new twist on board games and the franchise itself, itís an enjoyable title overall.

final score 7.0/10

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