Ever wondered what would happen if you put together the characters from Futurama, Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill, American Dad and Family Guy and pit them against each other in a massive card battle during 2016? It sure would be one big crossover episode, or in this case one big crossover spinoff game. If you’re a fan of just even one of those series, and up for some card duels, then you may be interested in checking out Animation Throwdown: TQFC.
Animation Throwdown: TQFC is a collectible card adventure game developed by Kongregate for 2016. Animation Throwdown: TQFC gives players the opportunity to play as the cast from Futurama, King of the Hill, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad and Family Guy in an adventure where they must duel against other characters through a collectible card game.
iOS users who want to duel it out with one of their favorite animated icons can grab Animation Throwdown: TQFC by downloading the game directly via the Apple App Store. Android users can also dabble in with some cartoon card duels by downloading the game directly via the Google Play Store. Animation Throwdown: TQFC has so far received a notably positive reception on both platforms. Animation Throwdown’s entry on the Apple App Store has so far received an average score rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars from over 20 users. Similarly, Animation Throwdown’s entry on the Google Play Store has received an average score rating of 4.3 stars out of 5.0 stars from over 4,100 users and an estimated total of 100,000 to 500,000 user downloads in 2016.
About Animation Throwdown: TQFC
During the time Animation Throwdown: TQFC was being reviewed, Animation Throwdown: TQFC is currently available on both iOS devices and Android devices. For iOS devices, Animation Throwdown: TQFC is compatible on iOS devices running iOS versions 7.1 or above. For Android devices, Animation Throwdown: TQFC is compatible on Android devices running Android versions 4.0 or above.
In Animation Throwdown: TQFC, the game begins with a short introduction with the player having to assist Professor Farnsworth from Futurama to turn on the lights. After the player turns on the switch, Professor Farnsworth immediately informs the player they accidentally turned on the wrong switch, causing a rift in the universe. This rift then creates a multiverse that has absorbed the universes from Futurama, Family Guy, King of the Hill, Bob’s Burgers and American Dad.
After the short introduction, Animation Throwdown gives the player the opportunity to choose from 5 different starting characters based on the aforementioned franchises. The starting choices are Bob from Bob’s Burgers, Roger from American Dad, Brian from Family Guy, Leela from Futurama, and Bobby from King of the Hill. The starting character will determine the first deck of cards the player will also have, with the deck of cards being based on the respective franchise the character the player has chosen from. Characters can be switched anytime, with more unlockable characters available from each franchises over the course of the game.
Animation Throwdown’s card combat gameplay takes most of the basics from modern card collectible games. A hammer icon with a numerical value represents the attack power of the card and a heart icon with a numerical value represents the card’s health. Cards can be combined with other cards on the player’s deck, which will transform them into a different card with significantly better attributes. The two players during a card battle also has their own health points, with the main goal in mind on each battle is for the other player to drain the health of the opposing player to zero.
Animation Throwdown: TQFC also features a quests system, which functions as a set of tasks such as defeating certain characters or gaining various decks on which upon completion, the player can gain various rewards. The game also features a multiplayer portion through an arena mode, where players can compete against other players with their own deck of cards.
Animation Throwdown: TQFC In Game Store
Animation Throwdown: TQFC features an in-game store with the use of 2 different currencies indicated in-game which are ‘coins’, ‘gems’ and ‘fuses’. Coins are considered as the standard currency in Animation Throwdown on which it is often gained through victories from duels, crate drops, as well as completion of quests or winning arena mode duels. Coins can be used to purchase card packs which contains various cards from different deck types with varying rarities. Gems are earned through completion of quests; crate drops or winnings from arena mode duels.
Gems can be used to speed up research time during a card upgrade process, as well as the ability to purchase larger and rarer card packs. Fuses are earned through crate drops or completion of quests. Fuses are exclusively used for fusing two cards together permanently to create an even more powerful card. In-app purchases with real life money is also possible where players can purchase gems of varying quantities in different packages, as well as certain gems, coins and cards combo packs.
Cheats, Hacks & Tips for Animation Throwdown: TQFC
While Animation Throwdown offers a lot of laughs and typical antics from the famous animated characters it features, it’s easy to forget some of the roadblocks the game places players through with challenging opponents and being at the mercy of RNG at times during duels. Fortunately, you should be able to overcome those challenges with ease by reading on some of the useful tips here.
During battles, whenever you see a two or more cards in your deck that are compatible to be combined, go ahead and do so. While it may be tempting at times to just go ahead and simply go for the attack if your opponent hasn’t let out an intimidating card yet, it’s good to be prepared for any surprises by using your turns during the early game to have powerful cards at your disposal. This way, when you see your opponent setting down a powerful card, you will be able to have a good counter instantly.
Remember to regularly upgrade your deck of cards through the research pods, especially since you will usually have to wait for quite a while unless you’re willing to spend gems. There’s no lost benefit from upgrading and researching your cards, especially when you’re done playing a session. Remember to also buy a new deck or two every time you got a stockpile of coins, because even if you get a relatively weak or common card, it’s always worth it to use them for research, combinations and upgrades.
If your opponent has a larger deck of cards against yours, do a semi-aggressive and semi-defensive strategy by letting out your second most powerful card first in the field, and then saving up the first most powerful card after you’re out. This way you can trick your opponent into letting them unleash all their powerful cards in the early game, leaving you up against their weaker cards against your most powerful card.
If you’re stuck against a particularly difficult opponent, don’t be afraid to switch out your deck after the first few attempts. Animation Throwdown’s feature to let you switch any characters or decks anytime really comes in handy, and is even encouraged in a way so that you always have a bigger chance to gain rare cards from specific decks. Another thing to remember is that the characters aren’t just cosmetic, as you can view from the profile tab on each character, the characters actually have passive abilities such as being able to start off with more health, or being able to provide bonuses for specific decks of cards.
Always keep aware of your opponent’s total heart count, in combination with the cards and the opposing character’s health. If you got a card that is powerful enough to attack both their cards and themselves, you can easily wipe off your opponent’s entire deck and even damage them within the same turn. This will also give you a good chance for defense because your opponent will most likely be able to only whip out a single card, which usually means they won’t be able to deal enough damage to damage your own character.
Keep in mind of better card combinations as well. For example, if you have a rare card you can combine with a common card, it may be better to combine two common cards instead and save up the rare card on its own or wait for your deck to deal out another rare card to be combined with. This way you can ensure you always have full synergy with your deck and will always be able to maximize your damage potential against your opponent while maintaining good survivability of your active deck.
Animation Throwdown: TQFC Review
As someone who likes card games like Blizzard’s popular Warcraft spinoff Hearthstone or even the spectacular The Witcher 3’s Gwent, seeing Animation Throwdown card battle shenanigans themed around with popular animated franchises is a bonus. Here are my detailed thoughts after playing through Animation Throwdown: TQFC.
Opening with a shiny title card, let’s first talk about Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ visual presentation with the game’s graphics and artwork. Right from the get go, Animation Throwdown sports a nice visual presentation with high quality art assets that looks straight out of an episode from the cartoons. Interestingly, despite the fact that each of the series present in the game are sporting a different artstyle, they oddly all work together well. There’s just something hilarious and awesome seeing the semi-realistic artstyle of King of the Hill blending in with the more cartoony proportioned artstyle of Futurama. Even outside the tried and true artstyle of each of the respective franchises, the game itself lends some great visual composition.
The user interface is very clean and smooth, with the card designs sporting an easy to understand design while making them all blend in together well. The animations as well deserves some recognition, despite being mostly card centric. There’s an undeniable charm looking at cards swerve and move around the screen, with occasional smokes and other effects appropriate for the card, down to even lowbrow toilet humor with fart gasses appearing appropriately on constipated characters.
Proceeding with a catchy theme tune, let’s talk about Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ audio presentation with the game’s music and sound effects. Animation Throwdown sadly doesn’t offer any actual iconic tunes from any of the series present, but on the flipside, the original soundtrack that comes with the game is pretty good. The soundtrack itself presents some zany tunes that are a bit jazzy and electronic, which really works well with the overall mood in the game. The sound effects are also all top notch, with cartoony sound effects present on the card battles. The game however does lack some snippets of voice acting from the characters, which is a bit of a shame.
With a sudden appearance of a plotline in the middle of a joke, let’s talk about Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ general concept, story and originality. The concept of a card game like this has been done to death recently thanks to the surge of popularity of Hearthstone. Despite being another card game in the pile however, Animation Throwdown throws in a lot of charm with the use of the respective franchises present in the game. All the characters are written well enough in that it won’t be out of place from an actual episode, and even with its excuse plot on why everyone appeared in the multiverse, it’s still a humorous and entertaining romp.
Whipping out a deck of cards, let’s talk about Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ fun factor and general gameplay. Animation Throwdown takes all the good ideas and gameplay mechanics from other popular card games and streamlines it in a way that it’s accessible to anyone even who haven’t played a card game before, while giving its own cartoony charm. The game is an overall polished and solid card game despite its simplicity, and the combinations and upgrades system all work well while merging it nicely with the respective gags and canons of each of the animated franchises present.
Ending the episode with a witty joke before the credits, let’s finally talk about Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ lasting appeal with the game’s replay value and addictiveness. Just like the game’s fun card gameplay, Animation Throwdown manages to make itself an engagingly addicting collectible card game thanks to dozens of card decks present on each of the animated franchises present. The quests will keep anyone occupied for a good while trying to collect new cards, and the arena mode is just a great way to test out your own decks against other players.
Animation Throwdown: TQFC Ratings
Artwork: Animation Throwdown effectively uses each of the present animated series’ artstyle very well and blends them together into a smooth, well animated and hilariously presented premise. Along with that, a great user interface makes sure that games are never complicated, but always simple to pick up and play while maintaining complexity on the mechanics itself. For these reasons, I give Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ artwork a solid 10/10 rating.
Music & SFX: Animation Throwdown lacks any of the iconic theme tunes each of the respective series present in the game, but makes up for it for providing a good musical score of its own. The game also lacks sadly some iconic voice acting from the characters, but makes up for it for some well executed sound effects. For these reasons, I give Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ music and SFX an 8/10 rating.
Story & Originality: Animation Throwdown’s card battle concept may be a little late on the already saturated party, the game still manages to hold up together on its own with the use of its licenses. Each character from each animated canon is written well enough and true to the character, and it’s hilarious to see these characters interact with each other. For these reasons, I give Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ story and originality a 9/10 rating.
General Gameplay: Animation Throwdown picks up from the concepts of other popular card games like Hearthstone, and runs with it with its own simplified yet fun mechanics that really sets out itself as a worthy and fun card game. For these reasons, I give Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ general gameplay a solid 10/10 rating.
Addictiveness: Animation Throwdown provides a lot of cards and characters to collect while maintaining an already alluring gameplay design, along with an arena mode to compete in with other players which overall makes the game always worth coming back to. For these reasons, I give Animation Throwdown: TQFC’ addictiveness a solid 10/10 rating.
If you’re even a fan of anyone of the series present in the game, or even if you just like card games in general, Animation Throwdown manages to provide both a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. For these reasons, I give Animation Throwdown: TQFC an overall 10/10 rating.