Ultraman Galaxy flies into free-to-play market

As a kid, I still remember the day I randomly flipped through the channels and stumbled upon Ultraman. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I loved all these huge monsters kicking each other awkwardly (it was like a cross between WWE and the imaginative fights I’d make between my toys), and I’ve been pretty much hyped on anything to do with the series ever since.

That’s why I was excited to find out that Animoca is bringing Ultraman mobile in a new free-to-play game, Ultraman Galaxy.

The title hits the Google Play store today, with plans to jump to iOS and the Amazon Appstore in the very near future, and features Ultraman in a cross between a role-playing and collectible card battling game.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Ultraman debuted in his own tokustasu (special effects) show back in 1966, and the show became so popular around the globe, it holds the Guinness World Record for “TV series with the most number of spin-offs.” Basically, any time Earth needed saving from some savage monsters or sinister aliens, the Science Special Search Party would call Ultraman to save us all via his unique blend of martial arts and grappling skills.

Those familiar with the show will instantly recognize the mobile game’s villians, including Ultraman Belial, Alien Zarab and Alien Baltan, as gamers will need to not only complete over 100 missions and side-quests to save the planet via collectible card battles, but they will even spin an Ultraman slot machine with the results of the spin affecting the outcome of the game.

According to Animoca, “Players can assemble their own Ultraman Team by collecting and upgrading cards for Ultra Seven, Ultraman Zero and the rest of the Ultraman Family—over 400 in all. Each card brings a unique type of power to the battle, requiring players to strategize carefully when building their decks. Players can also unleash powerful combination attacks on their enemies by spinning the slots and matching three of the same color. The game is connected to Google+ and Facebook to let players form alliances with their friends to fight collectively against intergalactic villains.”