Since 2002, players of the YU-GI-OH! Trading Card Game have been playing the trading card game in tournaments (with physical cards) and in video games (with virtual cards). Most of the ‘YU-GI-OH!’ video games have players virtually play the trading card game against the computer. There are a few ‘YU-GI-OH!’ video games that do not have players virtually play the trading card game, but a game similar to the trading card game. One of the video games that has a concept similar to the trading card game but does not have players virtually play the trading card game is ‘YU-GI-OH!’ Capsule Monster Coliseum.
In 2006, I purchased ‘YU-GI-OH!’ Capsule Monster Colosseum for the PlayStation 2 under the impression that the video game would play similar to the trading card game. Although the rules of the video game are different than the trading card game, I was impressed with the game play and the animation.
You play as the protagonist Yami Yugi. Yami Yugi’s goal is to win the Capsule Monster tournament and become the champion of Capsule Monster. Instead of cards, each player in the game uses capsules with monsters that are cards in the trading card game. However, 1 monster that could have little atk in the trading card game can have strong atk in ‘YU-GI-OH!’ Capsule Monster Colosseum. For example, Kuriboh has 300atk and would be destroyed by battle by a 1300atk Harpie Lady. In Capsule Monster, it is possible for Kuriboh to destroy Harpie Lady by battle.
Similar to a deck, Yami Yugi has an arsenal of capsule monsters where he keeps his capsule monsters. During each ‘duel’, you select a certain amount of capsule monsters to use in the duel. There are no spell cards and trap cards in Capsule Monster. Each capsule monster has a level and atk points. As you progress in the game, the capsule monsters increase in level and atk points. Each capsule monster starts at level 1 and can increase in level as much as level 9. I have 5 Kuriboh in my arsenal of capsule monsters that are each level 9. After you defeat an opponent, you win a certain amount of capsule monsters. You can choose to include those capsule monsters in your arsenal of capsule monsters or you could put those capsule monsters in your capsule monster collection. There is a store in the video game where you can buy or sell capsule monsters to Solomon Muto, Yugi’s grandfather.
From time-to-time in the video game, Yami Yugi has a conversation with Yugi Muto through the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi gives Yami Yugi advice on how to progress in the tournament.
Each player in the video game has a symbol, a piece similar to the king in chess. Like chess, once the symbol has been taken out, the game (or in this situation, the duel) is over. To win a duel in the video game, you have to destroy all of the opponent’s capsules or destroy the opponent’s symbol. In each duel, you can either have the animation of the battle betweeen 2 capsule monsters turned on or off.
There are 2 types of single player mode in ‘YU-GI-OH!’ Capsule Monster Colosseum: Campaign mode and Free Battle mode. In Campaign mode, you have to defeat each opponent in a stage before moving on to the next stage. In Free Battle mode, you can play against any opponent that you defeated in Campaign mode. Your capsule monsters can only increase in level in Campaign mode.
There are 5 stages in Campaign mode (and Free Battle mode, but they are the same stages with the same opponents). Each stage has 5 opponents, each with a different symbol attribute. The symbol attributes are similar to the attributes of monster cards in the trading card game: earth, wind, water, fire, light, and dark.
The 5 opponents in stage 1 are Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Duke Devlin, Tea Gardner, and Solomon Muto. Joey Wheeler focuses on fire attribute monsters, as Fire Reaper are his only capsule monsters. Tristan Taylor focuses on wind attribute monsters. Duke Devlin focuses on dark attribute monsters. Tea Gardner focuses on light attribute monsters. Solomon Muto uses a combination of monster attributes.
The 5 opponents in stage 2 are Weevil Underwood, Rex Raptor, Mai Valentine, Mako Tsunami, and Mokuba Kaiba. Weevil Underwood focuses on wind attribute monsters. Rex Raptor focuses on earth attribute monsters. Mai Valentine uses a combination of monster attributes. Mako Tsunami uses a combination of monster attributes. Mokuba Kaiba uses a combination of monster attributes.
The 5 opponents in stage 3 are Ryou Bakura, Bandit Keith, Maximillion Pegasus, Odion, and Marik Ishtar. Ryou Bakura focuses on wind attribute monsters and dark attribute monsters. Bandit Keith focuses on dark attribute monsters. Maximillion Pegasus uses a combination of monster attributes. Odion focuses on earth attribute monsters. Marik Ishtar focuses on dark attribute monsters.
The 5 opponents in stage 4 are Shadi, Ishizu Ishtar, Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, and Yami Bakura. Shadi focuses on light attribute monsters, Ishizu Ishtar uses a combination of monster attributes, Seto Kaiba focuses on earth attribute and light attribute monsters. Yami Marik uses a combination of monster attributes. Yami Bakura focuses on dark attribute monsters.
The 5 opponents in stage 5 are Maximillion Pegasus, Ishizu Ishtar, Yami Marik, Shadi, and Seto Kaiba. Some of the symbol attributes for these characters are different in stage 5 than in previous stages. Maximillion Pegasus focuses on light attribute monsters. Ishizu Ishtar focuses on light attribute monsters. Yami Marik focuses on fire attribute monsters. Shadi focuses on dark attribute monsters. Seto Kaiba focuses on light attribute monsters. Seto Kaiba is the last opponent to face in stage 5. Once Seto Kaiba is defeated in stage 5, you defeated the game.
If you purchased ‘YU-GI-OH! Capsule Monster Colosseum new, the video game came with 3 cards: Abyss Soldier, Inferno Hammer, and Teva.
Abyss Soldier is a level 4 water attribute aqua-type monster with 1800atk/1300def.
Once per turn: You can discard 1 WATER monster to the Graveyard to target 1 card on the field; return it to the hand.
Inferno Hammer is a level 6 dark attribute fiend-type monster with 2400atk/0def.
When this card destroys your opponent’s monster and sends it to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you can select 1 face-up monster on your opponent’s side of the field and flip it into face-down Defense Position.
Teva is a level 5 light attribute warrior-type monster with 2000atk/1500def.
When this card is Tribute Summoned successfully, your opponent cannot declare an attack during his/her next turn.
The video game can be time consuming, but I recommend it to anyone who likes to play games that use and develop strategic thinking. You do not need to know how to play the YU-GI-OH! Trading Card Game to play ‘YU-GI-OH!’ Capsule Monster Coliseum The video game is similar (but not the same as) chess, combined with duel monsters.