As fans of the HBO series, True Blood, already know, being turned into a vampire against one's will isn't necessarily a bad thing, as becoming a creature of the night has its advantages. This is the basic premise behind the newest Mobage-powered iOS and Android game, Blood Brothers. Designed by Japanese developers for a western audience, this promising strategy effort lets users wield their newly discovered abilities to fuse monsters in a ritual of blood, to which we say, if you know of a better way to amass a stable of creatures, we'd like to hear it.
From what we've seen, the game casts you as the anti-hero, a vampire charged with "recruiting" allies while at the same time unraveling the mysteries behind your current predicament. That said, this isn't a card battle game like Rage of Bahamut. Blood Brothers plays more like an RPG/board game (complete with a top down perspective), and you're free to choose which direction you wish to travel. These choices (and others) shape the experience in the types of monsters you run into along the way. Traveling down the tougher path, for instance, yields more loot.
On that note, the game features automated battles, so you can just sit back and watch the action unfold. From there, you have the option of giving fallen foes some of your tasty vampire blood to essentially bring them back from the dead, whereupon which they'll join your merry band of misfits. What's especially cool is the ability to "feed" low-level monsters you no longer want to your high-level characters to boost their stats. In addition, you're able to merge those aforementioned weaker critters to make high-level ones, since you'll eventually acquire the same types; you can do this up to four times with one pair.
In creating Blood Brothers, the developers wanted a design that appealed to western audiences, and for inspiration, the team looked to the Game of Thrones series, the Warhammer tabletop game and other properties. The result is a title that benefits from a variety of art styles, from anime to something that would've fit right in with the works of H.P. Lovecraft. With this in mind, expect a cool mix of goblins, samurai, elves, lizard men, apes, knights and dwarves. Art aficionados will be pleased.
Throw player vs player (PvP) battles into the mix, and Blood Brothers may have what it takes to ascend the mobile game charts. On that note, you can download the game on Android right now. As for iOS, it should appear relatively soon.