Minion Masters: A fully FREE Upbeat Deckbuilding Versus Tower Defender, A game review

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All screenshots and images are taken from my own gameplay or public domain gifs, most of it captured on stream an muted due to music copyright that was playing at the time. The rest are public domain gifs. Enjoy the example footage and review folks.

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Minion Masters: Upbeat Deckbuilding Tower Defense

Greeting folks and welcome to another game review. This time we are reviewing one of my all time favorite free to play tower defenders/deck builders: Minion Masters. This game is a blast to play both competitively and casually, and is incredibly generous in f2p progression (you NEVER need to spend a dime on this game, even to be competitive). The cards are balanced (spells are a bit underpowered on average, but the minions themselves are balanced well in line with each other) and the playerbase for this game is active, the gameplay is also thought out but not too complicated. So without further or do let's get into it.

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Gameplay: Simple to Learn, with great depth

Minion masters is a deck building Tower defender, you pick you master who provides general buffs to your deck of minions you select before the battle. You play the minions for mana you generate every second, there are a plethora of units, factions (voidbourne, Zen- chi, etc.) and strategies of play available. All of which are able to be obtained for free. Each unit can be summoned to your side of the board, and spells are cast as directed. Controlling the bridges and having them remain your color grants experience which improves your masters effectiveness and unlocks "Mana frenzy" (double mana) after you have maxed the level of your summoner. Games are short and typically never last more than 10 minutes. Your objective is to destroy the enemy tower and defend your own. There are different strategies for both 1v1s and 2v2s and both are a great deal of fun.

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Looks and Feel: Light hearted, Lore heavy

The general aesthetic of minion masters is rather light-hearted despite there being gore and blood. It's rather zaney, vibrant, and flashy with everything from the units themselves to the in game announcer. Despite this "light" aesthetic, the game itself is actually incredibly lore heavy as it is derived from a culmination of Beta Dwarf's other titles (FORCED 1+ 2 etc.) and because of that provides a rich setting. I will also be trying out their closed beta for their extraction PvPvE RPG Moba (A mouthful I know), set in the same universe with the same characters.

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Ranked and Competitive Play: Tournaments? Yes

This game has competitive tournaments every month for a few hundred USD in prizes sent to one's paypal account if you are so lucky to defeat the mighty Set or some of the other OGs that have been keeping up with the tournament scene. These tournaments are hosted by team Mana Frenzy in their discord and are rather fun (this isn't a Dota level tournament scene or anything like that but it is in fact "present"). I've played in a few myself but haven't won anything in quite some time, but none the less these tournaments are a blast to play and did I mention they are FREE to enter? That's right. If people enjoy the game I would love to do tournaments for it, just let me know.

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Achievments? Completed, and I'm still at it.

As you can see I have actually 100 percent completed EVERY SINGLE ACHIEVEMENT in this title, it was not the hardest to do but it wasn't fast to complete. However, this game I enjoy playing so I still grind the new cards even though I have no more achievements left for my completionist streak (if this was a "meh" game or lacked replayability it would likely not be revisited after completion and should attest to it's repeat enjoyment). Mobile is also coming in a few weeks so I'm trying to get reoriented with it.

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TLDR: How many stars is it damn it?

This title for me is a 5 star title due to the fact it is a very enjoyable deck builder/ vs tower defender, completely free with the ability to get everything in game for free, and will soon be available on mobile in partnership with Netflix (Netflix subs get a FULL card collection to mess around with, sweet right?). Regardless you can DL and play the game free and acquire every in game item available. I definitely recommend trying this one once it hits mobile it was made for it and will be a blast.

Cheers everyone, thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to comment and engage with this post how you see fit. Have a wonderful week and stay safe out there.

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The game looks pretty cool, reminds me of a star wars one I used to play on mobile but the name escapes me. I'll need to give this a try when it's available on mobile! Great post

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