Clash Royale (AND)
Strategy 02 March 2016
A multiplayer game with MOBA elements from the Finnish Supercell studio, set in a universe of one of the mobile bestsellers – Clash of Clans. Same as there, we play as a ruler whose ambitions go beyond the borders of his country. Gameplay of Clash of Royale comes down to taking part in online skirmishes with other players to overthrow the opposing king. Battles are fought in very simplified form and take place on small arenas, which fit entirely on the smartphone’s or tablet’s screen. During the battles, we send offensive units along set paths, while also making sure to secure our own domain with various spells and defensive units and buildings. The mechanics are complemented by card game features, and the time between fights is spent on collecting the strongest possible deck of cards, each representing the respective units and actions (e.g. casting spells).
The Elder Scrolls: Legends (AND)
Strategy 06 April 2017
A strategy card game set in the universe of a well-known RPG series that has been developed since 1994 by Bethesda Softworks. In terms of game mechanics, The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes after the competing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gameplay comes down to dueling with a self-built deck of cards representing heroes, equipment, spells, skills etc. The game combines storytelling elements and characters known from previous installment of the series, such as the legendary Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as The Elders Scrolls Online.
Guild of Dungeoneering (AND)
RPG 21 July 2016
A unique combination of a card game and a simple RPG created by Irish one-man studio Gambrinous. In Guild of Dungeoneering you play as a leader of a run-down adventurers' guild, and your task is to gain glory, gather riches, and take the competition down a peg. The gameplay is focused mostly on developing your guild's headquarters, adding new rooms and unlocking new character classes, equipment and magical items. In order to get money to spend on all of that, you have to send your heroes to do various quests in the dungeons. However, instead of controlling your hero, you build a labyrinth out of cards around them, and the hero moves in it as they please. The gameplay is divided into turns, during which you select dungeon and enemy cards. In case of encountering an opponent, combat begins and its result depends on both your hero's stats and the attack cards you play with.
Logic 17 December 2014
A card logic game set in the fantasy universe of Azeroth, known from the Warcraft franchise. The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment company, who mention the cult card game Magic: The Gathering as one of their major inspirations. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft lets you pick one of the nine available character classes and build you own deck of cards, which you can use in battles against the AI (tutorials) or living opponents (duels, tournaments). Gameplay mechanics are based on a set of easy to learn rules. Victory is rewarded with new cards. The game is based on free-to-play model with optional microtransactions, which means that although you can play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for free, some elements require payment.
Warbands: Bushido (AND)
Strategy July 2017
A board game taking place in Japan during the feudal period and the debut production of Russian developer Red Unit Studios. Warbands: Bushido is a board game enabling us to assume the role of one of the daimyo ruling provinces of Japan during the Sengoku Period. The quest to gain power and influence will involve battles of large military forces, as well as espionage and convert assassinations. Aside from the major players, the land is roamed by numerous smaller parties such as samurai, ronin, ninja clans, pirates, or mercenaries. The action is seen from an isometric perspective, while the map is divided into hexagonal fields. The combat is turn-based – each side throws dice to deal damage and perform special actions. Moreover, we can utilize action cards, offering bonuses such as additional critical chance or more action points. Morale is also an important factor, increasing the effectiveness of our units.
Plants vs. Zombies Heroes (AND)
Strategy 18 October 2016
A spin off to the popular Plants vs. Zombies series in a form of a mobile card game with tower defense elements. The production introduces themes inspired by superhero stories. Apart from the wide range of regular units known from the previous parts, the title introduces hero units that can be found on both sides of the conflict. Gameplay focuses on fights in which the players use personally-built decks of cards representing characters and their special skills. Combat takes place on levels divided into several vertical lanes, in a manner resembling a tower defense game. During the game, players activate cards in turns, summoning units, putting them on lanes, or making them use their superpowers. Plants vs. Zombies Heroes concentrates on multiplayer, although the game offers a single player campaign as well.
FIFA 16 Ultimate Team (AND)
Sports 22 September 2015
Another installment in the highly-popular football game series developed by EA Romania with mobile devices in mind. The production focuses on the Ultimate Team mode, enabling us to build our dream team, whose players we chose from over 10 thousand licensed footballers from over 500 football clubs of 30 leagues from all around the world. Players’ tasks include devising tactics, formations, and initial team composition as well as taking active part in matches or simply watching them. FIFA 16 Ultimate Team features a new match engine which enabled the developers to implement control over the events in a match with both gestures and virtual buttons. Moreover, the artificial intelligence was enhanced, the quality of graphics and animation was improved, and the characteristic celebrating after a footballer scores a goal was implemented. Contrary to its predecessor, the player can trade footballers and collectible cards.
A card game with turn-based strategy elements that uses free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions. Faeria invites the players into an old fantasy world, home to humans as well as other intelligent species. The game puts emphasis on the lore and contains much additional information about the fictional universe. As for the gameplay, Faeria represents an unorthodox approach to the card game genre. Duels between two players are the foundation of the game. The fights are waged by using cards drawn from users’ personal decks. The warriors must also gather resources and use them in the duels. The cards represent heroes, effects and spells, but they cannot be played freely. Instead they have to be used on special, hexagon fields. Empty at first, the map becomes filled with hexes due to the player’s actions, and various terrain types affect the behavior of units and spells. Another innovation in the game is the necessity for characters to find themselves on adjacent fields in order to start the battle. It is worth adding that Faeria also allows the owners of various gaming platforms to face each other.
World of Tanks Generals (AND)
A mobile and browser spin-off of the highly popular MMO game - World of Tanks, the game combining strategy and card game. In this game from Wargaming.net studio, players’ main task is to destroy enemy headquarter using their own units, representing one of the four fractions: USA, USRR, France, and Germany. Battles are conducted by playing cards – which symbolize different military formations – from a self made deck, built from a pool of over 200 cards. Each of them has its own strong and weak points, which might be modified during game by developing new technologies and using special cards that can raise their offensive and defensive capabilities. Unlike the original game, World of Tanks Generals lets the players commands not only titular tanks, but also other types of units known from battlefields of World War II.
Wartile is an RTS with elements of card and board games. The game takes place in a dark fantasy world inspired by the Norse mythology. We control a party of vikings on a raid. Gameplay focuses on real-time battles between groups of warriors. Each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses, and the key to victory lies in taking advantage of them. Another important gameplay element is the deck of cards built by the players. Those cards will not only power up our warriors, but also activate both offensive and defensive actions. Cards also play an important role in exploration. Battles take place on three-dimensional maps that are divided into hexagonal tiles, and lay of the land, which is an important tactical element that should be taken under consideration when we are preparing our strategy. As a result, Wartile brings to mind a turn-based strategy that somehow takes place in real-time. Along with the story driven campaign Wartile offers a multiplayer mode. The game uses Unreal Engine 4.
Pathfinder Adventures (AND)
RPG 27 April 2016
A card game with strong RPG accents. It is an adaptation of the table game Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. The title was created by the experienced studio Obsidian Entertainment, creators of such games as Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas. Pathfinder Adventures is a free-to-play game with microtransactions. It takes the player to a fantasy realm called Golarion which is filled with magic, monsters and inhumans. Pathfinder Adventures is based on the Rise of the Runelords campaign known from the paper original. The player is tasked with stopping an attempt to resurrect the despotic Runelords. Gameplay of Pathfinder Adventures is based on the original game and all interactions, including combat, are presented as a card game. One can play the game alone or in cooperation mode for up to four players, each of whom controls a character belonging to one of the available classes. Thanks to different abilities that can be additionally developed, the characters supplement each other. What makes the game even more interesting are interactive cutscenes during which the player is making story decisions.
Card Thief (AND)
Logic August 2017
Card Thief is an original mixture of card and stealth games developed by Tinytouchtales. We play as an experienced thief who has four heists to do. The contents of particular heists is randomly generated so that we can replay them many times. During our missions we will have to hide in the shadows, put off torches, avoid being detected, and steal valuable items. Our actions, events, characters, and items are presented like in a card game. Each level is accompanied by a deck of ten cards randomly assigned from a set created by the developers. Our job is to use them to create a path for our thief that will lead him safely to our mission objective. Cards activated by the player also influence the game. They represent our equipment and skills, and we use them to change the situation during a given mission. The game also has a Light System that decides if our character should be detected, and character progression mechanics. The game's eye-pleasing 2D visuals were designed by Max Fiedler. Soundtrack was composed by Oliver Salkic.
Earthcore: Shattered Elements (AND)
Logic 21 July 2015
Earthcore: Shattered Elements is a card game developed by Tequila Games, an indie Polish studio. The game takes place in a classic fantasy world, where the players create their own decks and take part in card duels. The combat system is based on the "rock-paper-scissors" rules, with fire, water, and nature replacing the hand gestures. Combat is also spiced up with special combat abilities and the Risk mechanics: each cards has its own Risk value, and if a given card looses the elemental duel, its Risk value is deducted from its owner's health. The game also offers a crafting system, where we can merge cards to create new, more powerful ones. Earthcore: Shattered Elements offers a plot-driven single player campaign and a multiplayer mode.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (AND)
Strategy 11 January 2017
Virtual adaptation of a popular card game developed by Konami. The original has been created by Kazuki Takahashi for his manga. Just like in the manga, Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links focuses on Yugi Muto and his friends Joey Wheeler and Mai Valentine, along with his rival Seto Kaiba. We are given over 700 cards representing monsters, spells, and traps, with our objective being to become the King of Games. We achieve this through winning duels, and with each victory we level up our character. They also earn us new cards to expand our deck, unlock various missions and more powerful opponents. Aside from tutorial and story campaign, there is also a tournament mode, all of this complemented by online leaderboards and records of previous games. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links offers high-quality visuals, with awe-inspiring colors and smooth animations of duels in full 3D. Additionally, all actors are voiced by the cast of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series.
Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro (AND)
Logic 06 April 2017
Another official expansion to the free-to-play card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment. This time the developers send us to the unexplored forest of the Un’Goro crater, which is inhabited by intriguing, but also very dangerous species of fauna and flora. We follow the team of explorers led by Elise Starseeker, encountering mighty dinosaurs, wild elementals, carnivorous plants and many other interesting organisms. Add-on introduced 135 new cards, a new keyword (skill) called Adapt, and a new card type (Task), as well as a board with an Un’Goro crater theme and a card back fossil. Developers also implemented another group of minions, consisting of Elementals. It consists not only of magical creatures from this expansion, but also some older cards.
An unusual combination of a digital board game, a card game, and a turn-based strategy with RPG elements. Funded partially by a Kickstarter campaign, Armello is a game by independent Australian artists and developers from League of Geeks studio. Armello is set in a fairytale-like fantasy world populated by anthropomorphic animals. There are four clans striving to take away the power from the corrupted king. Gameplay centers on exploration, accomplishing missions, and combat. In turns, heroes move around a procedurally-generated hex board. Not only do you supply your characters with better and better equipment, but also assemble a deck of cards. They can give you different kinds of items and actions that can be taken during a combat. Armello allows you to play against AI or other players. Visuals combine 2D and 3D elements and the fairytale-like atmosphere resembles animations made by Disney. The soundtrack was composed by Michael Allen and Lisa Gerrard known from Dead Can Dance band.
Strategy 10 August 2016
A unique indie game by Nerial and Devolver Digital, and a combination of three genres: strategy, roguelike, and card games. Reigns takes place in an exaggerated medieval setting. You play as a king, and your objective is to manage your kingdom. You have e.g. to pass on judgments, care for the needs of your subjects, manage the economic development and diplomatic relations with your neighbors, and your decisions have various consequences, including your death, which forces you to start anew. The gameplay is quite unusual, as it's based on drawing a random card, each containing a petition regarding one of the kingdom's aspects. By sliding the card to the left or right, you either say yes or no to the petition. The game features simple yet very fitting visuals.
Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan (AND)
Logic 11 August 2016
Another expansion to the blockbuster digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by the Blizzard company. The add-on One Night in Karazhan introduces new adventure, in which we are invited to a great party organized by wizard Medivh in the titular tower. We meet various prominent people, like the majordomo Moroes, against whom obviously we can duel. All of this to find the host who has mysteriously vanished at the beginning of the party. Expansion does not offer any ground-shaking novelties, with the biggest one being introduction of a pack of 45 completely new cards. It also presents players with previously unseen board of Karazhan tower and enhances gameplay with portals, which warp time and space to allow for summoning of random minions. Finally, there are more class-specific challenges that enable us to acquire special cards.