Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors (PC) Review

By Athanasios 28.02.2017

Review for Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors on PC

Gambling video games. How many are there out there? Lots of them. How many Blackjack-inspired ones? Lots of them to the tenth power. How many stand out? Not many, and it's easy to see why, as few have dared to be anything more than a digital version of the real thing… And it's this gap of originality that Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors is trying to fill. Its uniqueness? It lightly parodies a, as the developer puts it, "well-known arcade fighting game from the '90s," as if this wasn't already obvious from its name…

Remember that super old, yet still awesome, Street Fighter II intro? You know the one; it's where Ryu steps out from the shadows, prepares a nice little 'Hadoken,' and then blasts the viewer with it. That's pretty much how this starts, except instead of a badass warrior, we have a douchebag who shuffles a deck of cards before pulling off a card-Hadoken. There are more… "similarities" between the two, though. The game over countdown, the world map, and, of course, the goofy, unrewarding ending screens - this is basically Blackjack with a Street Fighter II skin.

The problem? That's the only special thing about it, and it's not even that special to begin with. Take the cast, for example. Instead of an assortment of colourful lads and lasses like the ones in Capcom's legendary fighter, this is, by all means, a parade of boring stereotypes. The Japanese schoolgirl; the military wacko German; the moustachioed, striped shirt and black beret-wearing French guy; and so on. The worst thing, however, is that these are just avatars that, apart from their appearance, are identical.

Screenshot for Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors on PC

Generally, no matter the stage or fighter, the game remains the same. Therefore, don't expect each character to have its own pros and cons, special moves, or skills. As mentioned before, this is just Blackjack at its simplest. No time will be spent in analysing the rules here, though. The main question is whether this is at least a fun version of Blackjack, with the answer being: no, it isn't.

There are three modes available. The first one is the single-player "arcade" championship, which, in all honesty, is excruciatingly long, and feels the same from start to finish, as luck is the main "skill" required to beat every single opponent. Next, there's plain Blackjack, where it's the player versus the almost hilariously robotic croupier. Finally, good ol' online PvP. Long story short… it's Blackjack, and nothing more than that.

Screenshot for Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors on PC

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

The only reason for the existence of Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors, is that it's a spoof of Street Fighter II… Or at least that's what it thinks it is, because, in reality, it's just simple, ordinary, no extra bells and whistles, no bonus nonsense, no reinvention of the wheel, plain, "good" ol' 21… and that's far from enough.

Developer

Stage Clear

Publisher

Headup

Genre

Table Games

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

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