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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 four 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.
  • Tanks, who aren't very quick, but can take a massive beating and have decent strength.
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  • 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.

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.

To get past the Great Trope Wall of China, you must list these tropes

  • 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 angry 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Le Bard Jimmy. Extra gratuitous in that the word "bard" isn't even French.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Don King Butters' Great Play Wall of China. Also, Kyle's Boss Character title: The Master NinJew.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Fighters are well-balanced.
  • Life Drain: Witch Doctor Token has the charge 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.
    • A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000, Cartman's Sci-Fi persona, is a reference to the episode "AWESOM-O".
    • 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".
  • Pirate Girl: Captain Wendy and Buccaneer Bebe, 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.
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  • 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: The disclaimer at the 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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