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Brawl Stars Review

Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Brawl Stars is a fighting game where you battle the computer or other players in all against all and team matches. You can play as any of the game's 50 plus characters, called "Brawlers", in an arena. The cartoon style lends the game a more lighthearted aesthetic.

Each Brawler has a main attack and 3 other abilities:
  • Super, which is like the Brawler's special attack
  • Star powers, which are passive abilities which can deal damage to opponents or aid you in myriad other ways
  • Gadgets, which are unlock-able abilities which deal massive amounts of damage.

There are 7 different types of game mode to play in, all of which can be played with other people:
  • Showdown (Solo), a Battle Royale against 9 other players where the last man standing wins.
  • Showdown (Duo), the same as Showdown (Solo), but with a teammate by your side.
  • Gem Grab, a 3v3 game where the first team to collect 10 purple gems is crowned the victor.
  • Bounty, another 3v3 game where you get more stars for killing your opponents.
  • Heist, where you need to destroy the opposing team's safe all while protecting your own.
  • Robo Rumble, where your team needs to protect a safe from hordes of robots.
  • Brawl Ball, where you must score a goal against an opposing team.

By winning fights, you move through a progression system called the Brawl Pass. The rewards are quite generous, giving you loot boxes, skins, emojis, coins and Brawlers. It refreshes every two months. You can also view your progress and claim milestone prizes on the "Trophy Road".

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/06/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Super Cell (@SuperCell)


Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. As the fights end when a winner emerges, the duration varies, but they are generally quite short. As the special events in the game are time limited, you might find yourself spending over an hour playing the game to unlock as much as you can.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online. You can play online in 3-versus-3 multiplayer and all against all 10 player fights.

Cross-Platform: You can play across Android and iOS.


Brawl Stars

App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. The game allows you to buy its premium currency, gems, for real money. The price of these ranges from $2.79/£1.99 for 30 to $69.99/£49.99 for 950. The loot boxes have a chance to give you Brawlers, coins or upgrades.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Brawl Stars Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SuperCell) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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