So I was recently sent a new game to review which is made by Nuko Toys called "Monsterology", based on the popular series of "ology" books such as "Dragonology" and "Wizardology". Monsterology is a turn-based strategy game for smart devices such as the iPad and Android similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. In order to unlock the various monsters, you purchase some real-life trading cards to input them into the Monsterology app which you can download for free.
There are, of course, scan cards such as Scan2Go and Swypeout which use barcodes and swiping mechanisms in order to work with the game or device. Some arcades in Japan used QR Codes to recognize the cards, such as Zoids Card Colosseum, but are mostly aimed at young kids as a simple rock-paper-scissors game, such as how Dinosaur King started out. Even more primitive is the use of one-time-use input codes which act as copy protection as seen in Chaotic, Bella Sara, and Bakugan Dimensions. Another game, Spectrobes, used an overlay card over the DS touch screen to input the card (again, only once per game)
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So, that's Monsterology. It's a promising start to an interesting idea; you can get a three-pack of cards for between $2 and $4 at Toys R' Us or the Apple Store. It will be interesting to see if any of the other "Ology" books become an expansion pack for this game. You can try the game for free and can actually get pretty far with the pack-in monsters, but a pack or two can make a massive army and make the game much easier. If you try the free version, you've got nothing to lose, so have at it!
Until next time, this is Kohdok signing off!