Duels is a mobile game for Android in development by Deemedya Inc. The game has not been officially released, but it is available for testing on Google Play. I would say that Duels is a competitive multiplayer role-playing game (RPG).
The battles in Duels are fought automatically. Each player takes a turn attacking, blocking, or healing. The battles go on until one of the players has depleted their hit points.
This style of combat system has been becoming more popular of the past few years. It can be seen in similar multiplayer games such as Crash Arena Turbo Stars. Instead of playing live matches, players fight against an AI version of their real life opponent.
The advantage to this combat system is that players do not have to wait for another person to connect. Latency issues are not a problem. Players can battle and be competitive at their own pace.
While this is not the most action-packed way of playing multiplayer, it is a stable way to level the playing field. Android games, and mobile games in general, are at the mercy of the user’s wifi and data connections.
The downside of this style is that there is no skill involved. The fights are just a clash of the two players’ stats. This is combined with whatever variance the developers put in.
Since the matches being so consistent, the game most likely knows who is going to win before the match even starts. This allows the developer to only offer opponents that will beat you. They can raise and lower your win percentage in an effort to change the game‘s difficulty. This also increases the pressure to spend real money.
I personally like this game style. I am a huge fan of idle games which are based on automated elements. Although Duels is not an idle game, I am drawn to the automated battle elements.
There are two main types of battles in Duels: The League and Loot Battle
The League puts 15 players against each other. The players must duke it out to get the most wins before the time runs out. Once the timer runs out the players are rewarded with keys. Those in the highest win bracket get to move on to a better league.
Loot Battle helps players increase the strength of their characters. Players battle a random player. Win streaks are rewarded with keys. If the proposed player is too strong the fight, they can be rerolled by watching an advertisement.
Keys and Chests
Keys are the main currency in Duels. They are used to open chests, which is the main way of getting new gear. These keys can be obtained through winning in The League or Loot Battle.
Winning Loot Battle also offers the player a chest. There are many different kinds of chests. Each chest takes a different amount of keys to open, and gives a variety of different rewards.
Equipping your character is on the most rewarding aspects of Duels. This is how players increase their strength and defense. You cannot progress through the game without getting better gear.
Unused gear can be broken down. The gear is transformed into points which fill up a bar. Once the bar is filled the player is rewarded with a mastery point, which can be used to upgrade attacks.
Mastery Points and Skill Trees
Mastery Points are acquired by destroying you equipment. They can be used to upgrade the player’s skill trees. This allows the players to get more attacks.
There are currently five skill trees: Cold, Fire, Holy, Physical, and Poison. Each tree will give the player attacks in a specific element. This will come into play as the player progresses and meets other players.
Top 5 Tips For Playing Duels
1. Always upgrade your gear and trash them. There is no point in building up your collection (at least at the moment). Your character should always be as strong as possible.
2. Keep an eye on the League timer. It can be very easy to lose track of time and miss the League timer. If that happens then you have to wait through another League.
3. Check the stats on your opponent before committing to a fight. You can check this by tapping the top half of the screen in the pre-battle screen.
4. Save up your keys for the bigger chests. It can be very tempting to spend three keys on the small chests. However, the chance that you are going to get upgraded gear is lower.
5. Use your mastery points wisely. Build the character that you want to play.
I think this game is off to a great start. It has a solid foundation to build upon. It is fun and engaging and has a lot of potential.
This is a great game for busy people. It does not require a lot of attention or tapping. You can start a battle and walk away for a moment.
I like the graphical style of the game. It reminds me of dungeon crawlers like Torchlight. Duels has a good RPG aesthetic that fits the game play mechanics. It is one of the coolest Android games with skill trees.
I hope that Deemedya decides to add more content to the game. I did see that there are other features available, but I have no unlocked them yet. This game could become tedious if they do not add more things to do.
I plan on playing Duels for a bit longer. It is awesome that there are more android games with skill trees. I have a feeling that this game will become more rewarding as I progress further into the leagues. This game has been a lot of fun so far!
Where to Find Duels and Deemedya
Duels can be downloaded on Google Play.
Deemedya can be found at their official website.
What do you think?
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