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South Park: Phone Destroyer is a 2017 mobile phone game based on the South Park series, published by Ubisoft and co-developed by RedLynx and South Park Digital Studios. Once again, you enter the world of South Park (or more accurately, the eponymous mountain town) as an avatar called the "New Kid". This time, your New Kid is a prodigy at the phone, and is guided by Cartman to fight with and for him by doing battle with various opponents. To accomplish this, your New Kid summons various characters from their phone. These characters are collected as cards, and can be one of fivenote  types, along with two types of non-character cards:

  • Fighters, who fight at close range and are balanced between strength, speed, and durability.
  • Rangers, who fight at a distance, but may suffer from other weaknesses.
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  • Tanks, who aren't very quick, but can take a massive beating and have decent strength.
  • Assassins, who don't take hits well at all, but make up for it with absurd speed and power.
  • Spells, which are instantly consumed to bestow an instantaneous or limited-duration effect.
  • Totems, which act as buildings providing a passive effect as long as they're active, with their constantly draining HP acting as a time limit.
  • Traps, which act as field hazards that apply a debuff to any enemy characters who come across them. Currently, the Superheroes theme is the only theme that uses these cards.

Players have more to do than just following the story, however. Cartman also runs a shop for the player to purchase various cards, which can be guaranteed characters, guaranteed attacks, guaranteed items, or freemium content in card packs, which contain a set number of cards that get more and more guaranteed for containing rarer stuff. They can also take a visit to "Don King" Butters and do battle against other players, for various rewards such as in game currency and more cards. There, they can join a team of other players to give each other cards and gain other exclusive bonuses.


The game was formally released on November 9th, 2017, but soft-launched sooner in select countries a week after its reveal at E3 2017.

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  • Adaptational Heroism: Not just Cartman, like in Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole, but even Nathan and Mimsy are shown to be playable through their character cards.
  • Allegedly Free Game: You could play without paying and hope you get lucky, especially if you participate in events, but it is a very slow journey to completion if you don't pay real money, particularly when it comes to getting legendaries. Ironic, given how the show deconstructed this tactic. The game also lampshades it, with the kids imploring you to spend money and getting sad at the very end if you didn't spend any real money.
  • Asian Buck Teeth: Don King Butters has these teeth.
  • Back from the Dead: Not just Kenny, as usual, but also Terrance Mephesto, if South Park: The Fractured but Whole was any indication.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The Cock Magic spell transforms random units into chickens, and the card art depicts a bunch of warriors in the middle of undergoing this transformation.
    • The Transmogrify card transforms a target enemy into a rat.
    • Sorceress Liane's Deathwish has her transform both allies and enemies into chickens within a short radius. How many units are affected depends on her level.
  • Body Horror: The Poison card art depicts Bebe and another kid breaking into bleeding boils and bleeding from the eyes.
  • The Bus Came Back: ManBearPig, Starvin' Marvin, and Terrance Mephesto all make their return to the series after a long disappearance.
  • Classical Mythology: Most Mystical cards that aren't based on Religon are based on this, such as Poseidon Stan, Hermes Kenny, or Hercules Clyde.
  • Covers Always Lie: Even when an event pack advertises itself as offering a certain card and shows the character on the pack cover, in many cases there's no guarantee that you'll get that specific card even if you complete the event (except for the events that officially debut the card).
  • Cowboys and Indians: All parts of the story but the Fantasy one consist of the kids playing this. More specifically, the Adventure set is cowboys vs. indians (with some pirates mixed in), the Sci-Fi set is aliens vs. robots, and the Mystical set is Jews vs. Christians (with a little bit of everything mixed in, most notably Classical Mythology).
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Three out of four of Randy's cards have him crossdressing, and it's played for weirdness.
  • Deadly Game: These kids (and adults, animals, robots, unholy creatures, and whatever-the-hell Towelie is) are basically killing each other with guns, swords, knifes, hammers, blowing themselves up... you name it! Also, the death animations for some of the characters (Shaman Token, Inuit Kenny, Poseidon Stan, Angel Wendy etc.) don't look like a very pleseant experience.
  • Draw Aggro:
    • Stone Wall Zen Cartman has a charge ability that lets him do this to all enemies close to him for a limited time.
    • Swashbuckler Red's Warcry has her attract all enemies to her in a large radius for 10 seconds.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In order to get the Good Ending, you'll have to spend a lot of money in order for the kids to express their gratitude towards you for playing their latest game.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The Arrowstorm card art treats us to the lovely image of a cowboy taking an arrow to the eye.
    • As mentioned above, the Poison card shows Bebe bleeding from the eyes from the titular substance.
  • Fan Disservice: Randy does not pull off the Leeloo look well.
  • Food-Based Superpowers: Captain Diabetes' charged ability has him eat massive amounts of sugar in order to double his health and attack power for eight seconds, which is based off of what he does during his "High-Fructose Death Wave" Ultimate Power Move in South Park: The Fractured but Whole.
  • Foreshadowing: The caption for the Manbearpig card is "HOLY SHIT IT'S REAL!" The season 22 episode "Time to Get Cereal", released about a year after the game, confirms that yes, Manbearpig is real in the show itself.
  • Fragile Speedster: Assassins are a combination of this and Glass Cannon.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Friar Jimmy's card art has him surrounded by affectionate animals, and his death quote has him asking people to "care for [his] creatures".
  • Funny Background Event: Some cards have other characters making cameos in the background in what is often this. Examples include Nathan being raped by a cow in the background of Mimsy's card (while Mimsy himself is blissfully distracted by a pretty flower) and Liane Cartman being burnt at the stake in the background of Incan Craig's card.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: Around halfway through the story, the kids of South Park start referring to the New Kid in gender neutral pronouns when they start to suspect they might not actually be a boy.
  • Glass Cannon: Assassins are a combination of this and Fragile Speedster.
  • Gradual Regeneration:
    • The Regeneration spell grants this to all the player's units for a limited amount of time.
    • Friar Jimmy constantly regenerates the health of himself and allies close to him. Priest Maxi has the same effect, with slightly stronger effects.
  • Gratuitous French: Jimmy's Fantasy persona, Lè Bard Jimmy. Extra gratuitous in that the word "bard" isn't even French.
  • Hook Hand: Hookhand Clyde has two of them.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Professor Chaos and all non-living units like the Robot Vacuum, Alien Drone, and Thunderbird cannot be mind controlled.
  • Improvised Jet Pack: The jet pack Bounty Hunter Kyle uses to fly is made from a leaf blower.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Don King Butters' Great Play Wall of China. Also, Kyle's Mystical Character Card is The Master NinJew.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Fighters are well-balanced.
  • Life Drain: Token's Mystical persona, Witch Doctor Token, has the charged ability to drain HP from nearby enemies.
  • Loophole Abuse: Kenny chooses to dress up as an Inuit for the Cowboys vs. Indians game. When Cartman tries to point out that it shouldn't count, Stan notes that Inuits are technically Native Americans and thus fit into the "Indians" category.
  • Medusa: Bebe's Mystical persona is Medusa Bebe, a legendary card who transforms defeated foes into snakes controlled by her player.
  • Mighty Glacier: Some Tanks are slow, but very durable and hit hard.
  • Multiple Endings: The ending varies slightly depending on how much money you spend on the game.
  • Mythology Gag: Several of the cards are references to past episodes or games of the show.
    • Many of the Fantasy set cards are references to South Park: The Stick of Truth, like Grand Wizard Cartman, Kyle of the Drow Elves, and Le Bard Jimmy to name only a few.
    • Many of the Superheroes set cards are references to South Park: The Fractured but Whole, like the Coon (Eric Cartman), Human Kite (Kyle Broflovski), Fastpass (Jimmy Valmer), Doctor Timothy (Timmy Burch), and Call Girl (Wendy Testaburger) to name only a few.
    • A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000, Cartman's Sci-Fi persona, is a reference to the episode "AWESOM-O".
    • Program Stan, Stan's Sci-Fi persona, is designed as a reference to the episode "You Have 0 Friends."
    • Canadian Knight Ike is a reference to "Royal Pudding", at the end of which Ike is knighted by the Princess of Canada.
    • Medicine Woman Sharon throws the Cherokee hair tampons from the episode of the same name.
    • Space Warrior Token's card art depicts him killing a Jakovasaur.
    • Randy's Fantasy card, The Amazingly Randy, is a reference to his stage magician's act in "Cock Magic". The card "Cock Magic" also gets its name from the episode.
    • Incan Craig is a reference to the Pandemic two-parter, in which Craig is The Chosen One of an Inca prophesy, and possibly the Fanon following the episode that he has Inca ancestry.
    • Jew Scout Ike and the appearance of Moses in the background is a reference to the episode "Jewbilee".
    • Smuggler Ike is standing in the Smuggler's Den from "Manbearpig."
    • The Regeneration card has the mouse with a penis growing on its back from "Eek, a Penis!"
    • The artwork for Big Gay Al and Satan are references to the movie Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.
    • The Visitors card has Cartman with an anal probe in the background, referencing the first episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" and the episode "Cancelled" to a lesser extent.
    • Witch Garrison has Randy and Stuart in witch costumes in the background, referencing "Sons a Witches."
    • Priest Maxi has two Choirboy Butters standing on both sides of him, likely referencing "A Boy and a Priest."
    • Mr. Mackey's card has a "Drugs are Bad" poster with "Bullying" taped to it, referencing "Ike's Wee Wee" and "Butterballs" respectively.
    • The Four-Assed Monkey is a reference to "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig."
    • Mayor McDaniels is holding a jar of Christmas Snow from the episode of the same name.
    • In the Jesus card there is St. Peter the rabbit from "Fantastic Easter Special" and God from "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus."
    • The background of Space Pilot Bradley's card has a guy riding on an "It" machine from "The Entity."
  • Necromancer:
    • Pope Timmy's Warcry allows him to revive the most recently killed allied unit.
    • Dark Angel Red’s Warcry has her kill the nearest allied unit that costs 5 energy or less with no revive and then resurrects them.
  • No-Sell: Non-living units like the Robot Vacuum, Alien Drone, and Thunderbird cannot be poisoned, mind controlled, or transformed.
  • Painting the Medium: The premise is that the player, AKA the New Kid, is a "master of the phone", so the story mode occasionally has characters talking to the player via Facetime.
  • Pirate Girl: Captain Wendy, Buccaneer Bebe, and Swashbuckler Red—the girls' Adventure set personas.
  • Promoted to Playable: Several secondary characters, such as DogPoo, Bebe Stevens, Ike Broflovski, and Terrance Mephesto can be used as character cards to battle. Even the adults, such as Stan's parents (Randy and Sharon), Mr. Garrison, and several others have character cards of their own.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Dark Angel Red's card has a black and red colour scheme, contrasting Angel Wendy's white and light blue.
  • Robin Hood: Tweek's Fantasy persona, Robin Tweek, is blatantly based on him.
  • Royal Rapier: Bradley's Fantasy set card, Elven King Bradley, wields a rapier.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: The Cock Magic and Transmogrify Fantasy Spell Cards display their targets being turned into a chicken and a rat, respectively, while their armor remains unaffected. It's also implied that the target shown in the Transmogrify Spell is Stan's Fantasy persona, Stan the Great, as his clothes and sword are displayed in the card art.
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  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The girls (and the adult women like Lianne, Classi and Sharon) are just as prone to being beat as much as the boys. Nelly has a quote that also sums up the situation pretty well, but in reverse.
    Nelly: "I don't care if you're a boy, I'm gonna kick your ass!"
  • Stone Wall: Some tanks function as meat shields. Zen Cartman in particular exemplifies this, having no attack whatsoever but high HP and an ability that forces nearby enemies to attack him.
  • Stop Poking Me!: Cartman in the card shop becomes increasingly annoyed the more you tap on him. By the fourth tap, his grunts of pain are more annoyed than painful and he briefly clenches his fists and grimaces before allowing the player to tap on him again. By the seventh tap onwards, his grunts of annoyance are almost exaggerated and he slams his fist on his desk, shouting "Quit it!" at the player.
    • Averted with "Don King Butters" in the PvP card shop, who goes "ow!" when tapped on but otherwise doesn't react.
  • Self-Deprecation: The disclaimer at the beginning of the game outright states that because of the freemium nature, the game should not be played by anyone.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Medusa Bebe dips into this in one of her defeat quotes.
    Medusa Bebe: Impossssssible!
  • Taking You with Me: Inuit Kenny has a deathwish that automatically kills whoever killed him.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Twice, and both times he meets his end at your hand. The first time you do it, it's even an achievement!
  • Witch Doctor: Token's Mystical card, with the ability to drain life from his enemies.
  • Yellowface:
    • When Token calls Cartman out on pretending to be a Buddhist monk, Cartman points out that white people are allowed to play Asians.
    • Played straight with "Don King Butters". Cartman intended Butters to dress up like boxing promoter Don King, but the latter didn't know who he was and thought it was just a generic Asian name.

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