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YGO: Modern Academia! - Review

Yu-Gi-Oh. A game that you can play.
And as some may know, if it exists, there's a ROBLOX version of it. Such is the case here.

Though Yu-Gi-Oh has had a fair share of games on ROBLOX, one could argue none were as solid as YGO: Dimension Duels. But that one got closed down, so no one cares.
Why I mention that game here? Well, this could just be me hallucinating, but it almost seems as if this game was inspired by it.

I will now explain the game.
Go ahead. Read.

When you play this game for the first time, the game will ask you to choose 2 decks; these decks are based on official structure decks you can buy at Walmart or whatever, only with a few more cards.
After you choose your decks, you have the choice to buy the rest with ROBUX... though, I don't really see the point of it. More info way down below.

After choosing your two decks, you find yourself on Duel Academy of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fame... minus the volcano. The map itself is of funny quality. There are a handful of places that lead you to out of bounds. The Duel Academy building itself is explorable, and has a few places to duel in. There are card shops everywhere on the island, though most of them aren't that useful.

What I liked about this game is that just about all TCG cards pre-Phantom Rage are in this game, whereas the original Dimension Duels didn't have them all. Admittedly, quite a few of the ones that weren't available in that game were Level 3 Normal Monsters... So perhaps this is not as big as a deal for others than it is for me.

This, however, makes buying Structure Decks with ROBUX not really necessary; you can just look up a card list of an official Structure Deck and buy the necessary cards with the in-game currency, Diamonds.
If you then wish to modify them, you can just buy cards you want to enhance the deck with in the card shops... This makes buying these decks seem like a bad idea.

On the right of your screen are five icons you can click on. They are, from top to bottom:

  • Clan
  • Duel
  • Deck
  • Sound
  • Robux Shop

    Clans are interesting; in order to join a clan, you must join the respective ROBLOX group.
    Creating a clan yourself requires you to pay 100 ROBUX, and that you are the owner of your clan's ROBLOX group. Obviously, you can only be in 1 clan at a time. Being in a clan doesn't really give you any rewards, aside from extra diamonds everyday and potentially bragging rights.

    I personally haben't joined one due to lack of interest, so I unfortunately cannot tell you more about them.
    Let's move on.

    Clicking on Duel gives you this popup. You can change the settings of the duel here, like what cards are allowed and what type of duel it should be. What's very sad is that there is currently no Traditional Format in this game, meaning the banned cards in this game, like Pot of Greed, are essentially worthless.
    Given that the game hasn't been updated since 2020, these cards might just remain banned for all eternity and beyond.

    The Duel Interface is unintuitive. It even has to constantly remind you about certain obscene actions. If the game didn't tell you about them, then chances are it'd take quite some time for you to find them.

    Now, moving on... This is only a minor problem, but before you can start a duel, you have to make sure that there no obstacles that'd obstruct the field.
    Normally I'd have no problems with this, but sometimes the game tells me that there are obstacles, when in reality, there is absolutely nothing blocking the field. The only real solution to this is to start a duel while in the air... or while underwater.

    Or perhaps I'm just blind. Such a possibility cannot be denied.

    Incase you couldn't tell from the poor quality of this picture (and deck), you do, infact, have a Side Deck in this game... however, it is limited. The worst thing about Sidedecking in this game is that you cannot add cards from your Side Deck to your Main/Extra Deck.
    You can swap cards, but that's it, really. Perhaps it is more common for people to swap cards, but that is not an excuse to not be able to just add cards from the Side Deck without sending one from the Main/Extra Deck into the Side Deck...

    This is the trunk. You can add cards to your deck from here, choose the deck you want to duel with aswell as the sleeve. Unlike in Dimension Duels, you get all sleeves from the get-go, no in-game currency required. Unfortunately, there is a low amount of sleeves to pick from. You can't see the sleeves in this screenshot, but they're there. Trust me.

    What I have to tell you is that you can access Deck slots here; however you only start out with a small amount of slots. In order to get more slots, you need to pay using either Diamonds... or ROBUX. In Dimension Duels, all slots were free, no currency needed. What's especially annoying about this is that as you buy more slots, the price for them in Diamonds goes up, and up, and up... Until it's no longer worth it and you buy it with ROBUX instead. How putrid. Might aswell just abuse the system with a Notepad, then.

    The layout is similar to that of Dimension Duels. Other than that, there's nothing notable about it.

    When clicking on Sound, this is the popup you are greeted with. The most interesting thing about this is the Playlist option: While in the game, music plays, and you can change what kind of music plays. The available playlists are:

  • Default
  • Yugioh
  • Anime

    You cannot choose a specific track to play. Some tracks (most notably in the Yugioh playlist) are of lower quality than others. What is unfortunate is that, unlike in Dimension Duels, there is no duel music; it just continues playing the playlist you selected.
    Recently ROBLOX had an update, removing all copyrighted audio on their platform. As a result, a large portion of the songs in this game are now eternal silence.

    Clicking on Robux Shop shows you the "Premium Shop", where you can buy things with ROBUX. Stuff like Diamonds and Structure Decks are sold here... and a gravity coil. Incase you don't know, a gravity coil is an item you can use to jump extra high... Why exactly this is in a Yu-Gi-Oh! game beats me.
    As said, there is little point in getting these decks.
    Infact, one could argue most of the stuff you can buy here isn't worth it. Card slots? Notepad. Gravity coil? Why?

    YGO: Modern Academia! is essentially a watered down version of Dimension Duels. Many things Modern Academia does, Dimension Duels simply did better.

    But, is this any fun?
    It seems strange, considering this game's questionable faults, but I had fun with this game.
    Why? I dunno. There could be multiple reasons. Like the fact that Dancing Elf is in it.

    At the time I was writing this, the creator of Dimension Duels was working on the sequel, Dimension Duels X. It's out now.
    But I stopped playing it. I am not sure why.
    Perhaps it was just due to lack of interest. Perhaps it was because I am a cavemen.
    I refuse to elaborate.

    In other words, this is a playable game. The hell?
    I can't tell you which one to play. Perhaps you try both...

    Or you just play YGOPRO. That still exists, right...?

    Pro Con
    +GUI is pleasant to look at -Pointless Structure Decks
    +All TCG cards available -Limited Sidedecking
    +Fun to play -Difficult to use Duel GUI
    -No Traditional Format
    -Slot prices are outrageous after buying some

    Score: 6.5/10

    - Average -