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Fossil Fighters: Champions expands the adventure

Jan 18, 2012

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Fossil Fighters: Champions Fossil Fighters: Champions As tall as a building and as small as a mouse, dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes. Is it any wonder generations of children cannot get enough of them?

In 2009, RED Entertainment and Nintendo embraced the timeless intrigue by putting their own spin on the Pokemon battle formula with the highly popular Fossil Fighters game. The sequel - Fossil Fighters: Champions - once again casts you in the role of a young fossil hunter determined to become the greatest fossil fighter in the world.

For those not in the know, becoming a celebrated fossil fighter is not easy. Unlike Pokemon trainers, you have to do a lot more than just "catch them all". You have to locate, excavate the vivosaur (dinosaur) fossils and then revive them by participating in mini-games.

Using the stylus, you chip out the fossil with a hammer and then using a drill, you fully and cautiously dig it out. If you damage the fossil in any way with the drill or hammer, it will become weak. All of this precise work is done under a ticking clock, so you have to work quickly but very, very carefully.

Fossil Fighters: Champions To challenge veteran players, Champions introduces new fossil types which have to be cleaned on both sides and very large fossils which take extra time and care to prepare properly.

In story mode, you will explore the islands of Caliosteo for fossils, battles and quirky characters to meet and challenge. As you assemble your team of vivosaurs and increase their strength, your reputation as a true fossil fighter grows. The formation of your three attacking vivosaurs, the range of their attacks and pitting the proper elemental types against one another are the keys to winning those battles. Due to those elements, Fossil Fighters is far more of a strategic battle of wits than Pokemon ever has been.

If you want a break from story mode, you can battle and trade fossil rocks with your friends or with others online.

Fossil Fighters: Champions expands upon the solid base found in the original but doesn't really redefine the experience. That can be bad or good news for fans depending on whether they will be satisfied with more of the same or were hoping for something different. In either case, Fossil Fighters stands tall over the other Pokemon clones by putting forth a more complex combat system that surpasses the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" style of Pokemon battles. While you are waiting for 'Pokemon Grey' to hit stores this year, Fossil Fighters: Champions is the perfect game to fill your hunger for RPG action.


Fossil Fighters: Champions Fossil Fighters: Champions
Format: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: RED Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
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Rating: 7 / 10

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