Two can play this game, and this time it’s literal. DUAL! is a duel for two, over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The rest is up to the DUALlants! shoot and dodge bullets, protect and hit, and do it with your gadgets as weapons!
There are some games with no narrative at all behind the gameplay; DUAL! is just this type. The two of you should just install the game on your mobile devices and get connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. As you see, the game doesn’t require an Internet connection.
When you’re connected, the game offers several various modes. In Duel, you try to shoot each other like real duel shooters. The app lets you shoot, dodge bullets, recharge your virtual guns and finally let the app decide who wins.
This default mode seems the most attractive, but the app has more in store. Defend mode suggests you cooperate to protect your spot from monsters that appear in augmented reality. Deflect is a ball game, something like virtual ping pong, with your devices as tools to pass the ball. Alas, both of these modes are only available in premium version. The good news is that only one of the players has to be on Premium to invite another.
The game also offers some bonuses for playing against various opponents, like collectible colors and characters you can use, or global rankings players participate in (so the game still needs Internet connection sometimes!) Anyway, the game deserves being praised for being self-sufficient, making players really move and concentrate on gameplay instead of design.
Though the visualization is quite primitive, it’s okay, as there’s still a lot to sync across devices within the app. Duel looks more spectacular, but Defend seems taken as it was right from Space Invaders era. The same is with Deflect, a kind of arcade or at least MS-DOS experience revisited. Though, maybe, some nostalgically set players can list it as a pro.
The game looks much better if both players use devices with about the same screen size. Otherwise, disproportion makes it look much uglier. Luckily, the virtual screen size can be adjusted, so the one with a bigger screen can reduce the window size to be on par with the opponent.
General Impressions 7/10
Being quite unusual, the game has its drawbacks. Even though Bluetooth connection seems more attractive, we recommend using Wi-Fi, as Bluetooth integration is still in beta. Luckily, no one has to create a hotspot; it’s enough to make sure both players are connected to the same network. But if there’s none available, the manual direct connection is supported too.
The developers did their best to make controls as intuitive as can be, involving gyroscopes and accelerometers. Well, they quite succeeded, as the game is easy to get used to.