There is an old saying, “the card is mightier than the fist, so don’t fight, gamble”……. Ok, I’ll level with you, I just made that up.
Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition takes the simple game of blackjack, where you are aiming to get as close a hand as possible to 21 without going bust and beating the hand the dealer has and wraps it up and a Street Fighter 2 style battle system. The amount of money represents your health, and each “fight” sees you face off against another opponent from somewhere on the world tour. The aim is to beat your opponent by either outlasting them until they go bust, which is pretty much a K.O. style victory or you have a larger bank (health bar) than them at the end of 10 rounds, which is essentially a timeout victory.
The rest of the Street Fighter influences in this game are mainly visual and audio based, the graphics are a homage to the 16-bit style you saw back on the NES, and things like player select and the map you fly around after each fight is pretty much exactly what you got with Street Fighter. The music in the game is also the same basic midi style tunes you would find in those types of games, it’s definitely a game that’s showing its love for Street Fighter in a big way.
After the victory of defeat, you will get a little snippet of conversation between the 2 players that serves as a little story when you finish any players story you get a little cutscene at the end with a little more story, but it’s not much.
You can also just play straight up blackjack vs the dealer without the battle aesthetic, or you can play local multiplayer, but really it’s just blackjack.
The game does have a platinum, so you will have to play as all the characters and play multiple basic games against the dealer to platinum the game, it’s fairly straightforward and only a few of the trophies are RNG based so it should be a fairly easy plat.
My kids were hogging the TV when I was trying to review this and I had to flick the Vita on to remote play quite a lot of the game, to be honest I found this to be a much more natural fit for the title as it’s definitely the type of game suited to short games as and when you feel like it rather than extended play sessions.
Ultimately, I found this quite a hard game to review because it really is just blackjack with a gimmick and how much can you say about blackjack. It’s fun but it’s not something i’m excited about getting back to.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*