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  • Summary: A completely accurate translation of the popular Fullmetal Alchemist trading card series by Press Pass, Inc (formerly JoyRide Entertainment), the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game brings the collectible strategy game to the Nintendo DS with nearly 500 cards, a variety of play modes, and extensive touch screen support. Featuring the most popular characters from one of the top-rated anime programs on Adult Swim, the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game allows you to battle against both AI-controlled opponents and friends via the Nintendo DS’ Wi-Fi capabilities. Earn new cards in Character mode, learn to play in Tutorial mode, or even build your ideal deck in Fantasy mode. With every card from the original trading card set and the complete Blood and Water expansion, the Nintendo DS version of the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game has everything that both trading card fans and Fullmetal Alchemist aficionados could want, including: Multiple play modes, including Single match, Character mode, Fantasy mode, and Multiplayer via Wi-Fi. The complete rule set from the Press Pass Fullmetal Alchemist trading card game Unlockable characters like Edward Elric, Roy Mustang, Father Cornello and Lust, complete with voiceovers from the original English cast. [Destineer] Collapse
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  1. Complex and intricate, with a stupefying number of cards (nearly 500) and turn phases (six), Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card game is the victim of too many good ideas thrown into one game. [Sept 2007, p.88]
  2. But if gin rummy and Texas Hold ‘Em constitute the bulk of your card-game playing, you should shy away from this one.
  3. While it’s certainly a well-made digital recreation of the original card game, this is the very definition of a niche title: for a small group of people, the game is a godsend, and for everyone else, it’s utterly incomprehensible.
  4. There really isn’t much to put it on top of the frustratingly huge avalanche of card games based on absolutely everything. You might already be playing it, and if so, it’s worth checking out simply for the online play. For everyone who isn’t a fan though, this isn’t worth playing.
  5. Overall, I can appreciate the concept behind Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game, but I just wish that it could have gone that extra mile and become more of a video game than just an electronic card game.
  6. 55
    Does little more than preserve the analog edition of the same game for posterity, as it existed right when it died.
  7. While the actual game is surprisingly fun, it is also poorly designed and horribly balanced, trying so hard to maintain the series' belief that "Alchemists are better than everyone else" that no thought was given to gameplay balance.
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