Battle Royale games are dominating at the moment, with titles like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and it’s subsequent competitor Fortnite turning over tens of millions of dollars. The games are also known as MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas).
The games all follow a similar theme: Anything between 50 and 120 players are thrown out of a plane with a parachute and can land anywhere they want on the map. They’re all unarmed to begin with and must scavenge to find weapons and vehicles. The winner of the game is the last person, or team, still alive.
NetEase, the Chinese developer responsible for rolling out Battle Royale titles Knives Out and Rules of Survival, raced to meet Fortnite’s mobile release with their latest title: FortCraft. The game follows the Battle Royale theme, but with a twist. In this sandbox, free-for-all players can build fortifications to defend themselves, as well as destroy any structure in the map.
The game was an instant hit due to its sharp cartoonish graphics and its creative take on the traditional Battle Royale gameplay. However, you won’t find it – at least in name – anymore. To avoid being sued by Fortnite, NetEase changed the name of the game to Creative Destruction (C.D.). So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at what sets this epic title apart from its contemporaries.
What is Creative Destruction?
As we’ve already mentioned, the game is a Battle Royale title where players can build and destroy any structure they want. At the start of each deathmatch, 100 players are parachuted out of a plane over a deserted tropical island, full of theme parks and interesting little towns.
It’s a free-to-play mobile MOBA game, which can be played on a PC or Mac via an emulator. For the most part, players will be using a handheld device.
Once you land you’ll have to find some weapons, and fast before another player snuffs you out. What really sets Creative Destruction apart from other games in the genre is that you can also get to work building defensive fortifications to help you fend off other players. As the timer counts down, the playable battlefield gets smaller and smaller, forcing the remaining players into a close quarters deathmatch. The last person or team standing is the victor.
The mobile game clearly takes influence from other titles in the genre, particularly Fortnite, but its cartoonish graphics and light-lighted while action-filled gameplay makes it stand out as a particularly cool game.
The shiny bits
Creative Destruction has many features that give it the edge over its opponents. Here are some of our favourites:
Go Minecraft on the battlefield and build massive fortifications to fend off sniper bullets and rocket-propelled grenades. This feature adds a whole new sense of strategy to the game, forcing you to think about how to best create – and destroy – the best defences.
Unlike other Battle Royale titles, C.D. allows you to switch between first and third-person modes to suit your style. This adds further layers to the game and makes it more accessible for players of traditional deathmatch games like Call of Duty.
The cartoon style makes for a light-hearted yet intense fight. Don’t be fooled by the cute features – this is still kill or be killed.
The playable area is 4km by 4km, and includes 13 different enchanted lands including theme parks and towns. You can explore and find the best place to set up for the long haul.
Everyone likes free stuff, right? Creative Destruction, while having some in-game paid features, is totally free to play. The only paid features in-game are buying diamonds, which can then be used to buy weapons upgrades and so on.
Bowling bomb, anyone? The weapons on C.A/ include all the classic death tools like assault rifles, sub-machine guns, shotguns and pistols, plus a couple of special weapons like the flamethrower and the destructor (the starting weapon that you use to harvest building materials).
Great for kids
The cartoony graphics, while taking nothing away from the violence and killing, do mean that the game is less graphic than other title’s in the MOBA genre. This makes it ideal for younger players who don’t want to have their brains warped by mindless violence from as young as they’re able to pick up a phone.
Join up with your friends in a team deathmatch and use voice communication to establish effective strategies to carry you to victory.
Downslides of Creative Destruction
While C.D. is a great game, there are areas where it falls behind the other MOBA titles. The graphics are good, but their cartoonish nature takes away from realism and will players craving a more down to earth experience disappointed. On top of this, the crafting element will probably scare off players looking for a shooter – that being said, this doesn’t take away from this unique feature.
The game is obviously a copycat of Fortnite, which is itself obviously a copy of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), and this might turn some players off as well. The fact that the game had to change its name to avoid getting sued should tell you enough… anyone who takes offence to great ideas being stolen might have a problem with this game.
One more thing to consider is that the game is only compatible with handheld devices. Although, this can be got around if you download an Android emulator like BlueStacks – which will allow you to play it on PC or Mac. To download BlueStacks, go on Google and search it, then install, once it’s on your computer simply download Creative Destruction from this article and right click the finished file – click “Open in BlueStacks” and then play from there. Playing on a PC or Mac will give you a distinct advantage as you’ll have a larger interface and more responsive controls.
This is another potential downside as it makes it unfair for most players who will be playing C.D. on the go with a handheld device.
Should you download c on Android/iOS?
If you’re looking for a free-to-play Battle Royale game that isn’t too intense and has something different from the rest to keep you entertained, then yes. If you’re looking for a more realistic MOBA title with more blood and gore, then no.
The sandbox element really makes C.D. a great Battle Royale game for mobile, but it has to be said that it can’t compare to the other popular titles in terms of player numbers and frequent updates or realism.