With its focus on gambling and the central concept of the Millennium Puzzle, the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe lends itself extremely well to video games -- even the title itself means "Game King." Yu-Gi-Oh!'s gaming legacy spans from handhelds such as the Nintendo DS and PSP to consoles such as the Wii and Xbox 360, and even extends to mobile gaming. On the PC front, you'll find Yu-Gi-Oh! games in two key series: Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos and Yu-Gi-Oh! Online. While they all revolve around Yu-Gi-Oh!'s signature Duel Monsters card game, each entry has its own distinct qualities.
The Beginning: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny"
The first Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the PC, Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny, arrived in 2003 from Japanese publisher Konami. Naturally, Yugi the Destiny attempts to translate the collectible card game experience to a digital format, packing a selection of 155 cards. As a starter entry, this one covers the basics, including a tutorial mode and a single-player campaign that unlocks new cards that you can use to build your deck. Yugi the Destiny, however, lacks local multiplayer and online play, which would later become staples of the series.
A Leap Forward: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge"
A year after Yugi the Destiny, Konami continued the Power of Chaos series on the PC with Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge. Kaiba the Revenge changes the aesthetic focus of the game to Yugi's rival, Seto Kaiba, rather than Yugi, which affects the look of the playing field and the animated character reactions to the card-playing action. Additionally, the follow-up brings the card total to 466, tripling the amount of available cards. This entry also adds new chains and combos, and beefs up the opponent's AI. If you have previously played Yugi the Destiny, Kaiba the Revenge allows you to import your saved data and collected cards.
The Power of Passion: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion"
Konami wrapped up the Power of Chaos series in 2004 with Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion. Yugi's best friend Joey Wheeler is the focus, again changing the game's thematic style. Outside of visuals, Joey the Passion bumps the card count up to 771, including new Limited and Forbidden card types. It also adds varying difficulty levels for the computer opponent, ranking them from 1 star to 9 stars. Continuing the tradition established in Kaiba the Revenge, you can import your cards and save data from the previous two games. Perhaps most significantly, Joey the Passion accommodates both LAN and online multiplayer card-battling, the latter provided by the free GameRanger program.
"Yu-Gi-Online!": The Final Evolution
Yu-Gi-Oh! Online, released for the PC in 2005, transitioned the series into the massively multiplayer format. The game starts you off with a deck of 40 to 60 cards, tasking you with collecting Duelpass Points. You spend the Points to participate in online card battles, building custom decks with your spoils. Two expansions -- Duel Evolution and Duel Accelerator -- added features such as the ability to create custom player avatars, an interactive hub world, additional cards and characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's series.
Can I Play?
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos games were originally released for the Windows XP platform, and are compatible with XP, Windows 2000, ME and '98 operating systems. Though they go light on system specs, requiring only a 450-to-650 Mhz processor and 128 MB of RAM, their compatibility is hit-or-miss on Windows 7. Unfortunately, these games do not run at all on Windows 8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Online is also no longer playable, as Konami shut down the game's servers in late 2012. A similar game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena, launched in 2014, but closed down in March 2015. As of 2015, Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation for iOS and Android offers the closest comparable gaming experience to these titles.
- GameSpot: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny Review"
- "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Wikia: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny"
- "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Wikia: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge"
- Worth Playing: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge"
- "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Wikia: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion"
- Giant Bomb: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Online" Overview
- "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Wikia: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Online"
- Konami: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation"
- Microsoft Windows: Compatibility Center: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny"
- Photo Credit Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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