South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have now entered the realm of mobile games with South Park: Phone Destroyer. This free game has all of the South Park charm that the TV show offers both audience and fans. Players still play as the New Kid, Cartman has recruited him to join in their new phone card game because the New Kid is better than anyone else since they are always on their phone. So, a game of Cowboys vs. Indians ensues and Cartman walks the player through the game. It’s simple. There are character cards in the player’s hand that they can put on the playing field to summon different characters from the show. On the player’s team is Sheriff Cartman and Gunslinger Kyle for the main two characters and one the opposing team is Stan of Many Moons and Inuit Kenny.
The goal of the first level is to defeat Inuit Kenny with the summon cards in the player’s hand. Each card takes a certain amount of energy, anywhere from 2 to 6, with the max energy that the player can have being 10. Most of the cards are 3-4 energy, so summoning multiple characters at a time is not an issue. The player will gain an energy around every second so when one of the characters dies, more can be summoned. They can eventually be re-summoned, once the deck is filled out with all 12 cards or all of the cards in the player’s hands have cycled through back to the beginning of the summons for those characters who died on the playing field. There are a few different types of cards. Sheriff Cartman, for example, is a tank. He is slower but has a higher amount of health. Gunslinger Kyle, however, is a ranged fighter. He’s got lower health, but he can shoot characters from farther away. There are other characters who are fighters with average strength and average health, like Calamity Heidi, and an assassin, that are quick to travel across the field and hit hard, but have almost no health, such as Bandita Sally.
Once everyone becomes “bastards” for defeating Kenny, characters will join the player’s team through card packs from Cartman’s shop, through giveaways in game events, and through the natural progression of the game. At the end of each level, the player is presented with 10 lockers that they can choose from. South Park: Phone Destroyer lets the player know what the top 3 cards they can find are, and if they don’t find them right away, in-game dollars can be used to open more lockers so that the best cards can be obtained. Once enough upgrade items and numerous cards have been collected, cards can be upgraded to add more health, attack points, special power, and defense to the character, to make them more aggressive on the battlefield and harder to fall. Once more levels in the story mode are won, a new mode becomes playable – PvP mode.
Now this may put some people off, and I wish I could say that they can be ignored in favor of the fun story, but to progress in the story, players must win a certain amount of PvP matches. I’m not a fan of any PvP games except for a select few and even then it isn’t always my favorite mode. So, I sucked it up and played some PvP matches, joined a group, traded cards with other people, and continued the story. Right now, I am in Chapter 9 which is the beginning of the Fantasy campaign. The players start in Cowboy vs. Indians, then Space, then Religion, and finally Fantasy. I can only imagine where it will go from here. The same characters have different cards for each theme the kids play as. For example, Butters starts out as Deckhand Butters, then Astronaut Butters, Choir Boy Butters, and Paladin Butters. Now one thing to keep in mind when players are deciding on what characters to put in their decks, they can only pick two themes. So the player can’t pick Sheriff Cartman, Enforcer Jimmy, and Witch Doctor Token. One of those characters will not be able to join the deck since those are from three different themes.
I absolutely love South Park: Phone Destroyer. It’s extremely addicting to play through the campaign levels and go back and play them again on a higher difficulty to earn different rewards. The PvP aspect isn’t my favorite, but it is still fun to see what other people add to their decks that differ from my own. Players can choose to buy micro transactions in South Park: Phone Destroyer, but can still play, get several achievements, and unlock several cards by simply playing, like I have. If you choose to spend some money though, obviously this will increase your power and fast track your progress. I hope you enjoy this wonderful mobile game as much as I did, and destroy your phone!