Mixed input doesn't always create the kind of variety you'd like to see in Foto Showdown, however. The battles are fairly bland, set in a field of battle that draws inspiration from any turn-based strategy game you can remember playing. It's not exactly as simple as it looks, but it looks pretty simple. The characters don't animate, but you get to admire them both in battle, and on special monster cards you can collect and add to your deck. Aside from a few locations you'll explore outside of your "room," which is good for saving and checking your cards, Foto Showdown doesn't offer any open-world appeal. This is in contrast to something like Pokemon, where you do feel like you're on an epic journey. There's an ample supply of cute music in the game, plus plenty of cute and sassy girls.