To understand this game, you're going to need some background on how Bakugan is actually played. Players choose a Bakugan (essentially a little monster rolled up into a ball) and toss it out onto a play mat, where it transforms and "does battle." In the real life game, this is actually kind of neat; the little magnetized spheres snap into their monster forms on their own. After that, players' cards determine the winner. Think of it as a mix between Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Bakugan: Battle Brawlers is identical to the real life game, sans the fun of collecting a whole bunch of physical Bakugan monster balls.