It seems that every 12 months, the toy industry goes barking mad simply because the latest and greatest product is bound for shop shelves. We’ve had Buzz Lightyear, Cabbage Patch dolls and Furbies, but more recently there seems to be a greater presence of Japanese toys and cartoons. Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh are among the most memorable, but now there’s a new entry called Beyblade, and already it’s making its way into the video games market with Beyblade for Game Boy Advance.
The second virtual instalment of Beyblade after the PlayStation release, the new GBA version sees a sinister group stealing the much sought-after Bit Beasts from World Champion Bladebreakers. Playing as one of several Bladebreakers including Tyson, Kai and Ray, gamers are challenged to survive and win as many as 50 VForce challenges in environments reminiscent of the old classic, Marble Madness.
Spinning your way through Beyblade’s isometric environments you must defeat your opponents skilfully by using speed and balance. Should your blade cease to spin, it’s game over. Successful challenges are rewarded with a variety of unlockable collectibles, and players can also battle it out in multi-player tournaments with a friend.
With regards to gaming, Beyblade is a relatively fresh concept, and that’s its strongest asset. Great fun.