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 01 June 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.
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.
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.
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.
Warbands: Bushido (AND)
Strategy December 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.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Heroes of Skyrim (AND)
Strategy 29 June 2017
The Elder Scrolls: Heroes of Skyrim is an expansions to the The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game from Bethesda Softworks. The expansion introduces over 150 new cards with characters and monsters from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with Aela the Huntress, J’Zargo, Delphine, and dragon Alduin and Paarhurnax being among them. Heroes of Skyrim, however, introduces not only new cards, but also new gameplay mechanics. Dragons, for example, are available for decks of all attributes and most of them rewards us for decks made of various reptiles. This add-on also adds the famous Shouts to the base game. They have three power levels. The more we use them, the more powerful they get. Compantion cards is the last thing on the change list. They work as a modification of the Change ability take the form of a beast after a rune is destroyed. The Elder Scrolls: Heroes of Skyrim introduce a couple of new themes for the game, like College of Winterhold or Civil War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne (AND)
Logic 10 August 2017
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne is the sixth expansion for the free-to-play card game Hearthstone. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and can be bought through the game’s store for real or in-game currency. This expansion focuses on Lich King’s army and his kingdom of Northrend. Just like the Whispers of the Old Gods DLC, Knights of the Frozen Throne tells an alternate version of the well-known events. This time we will see what would have happened if the greatest heroes of Azeroth (Jauna Proudmoore, Rexxar, and others) became Death Knights, the undead servants of the Lich King. Knights of the Frozen Throne continues Blizzard’s policy of not releasing small Adventure DLCs and focusing on the bigger ones. We get a set of 135 cards inspired by the Lich King’s army and the theme of death, including nine cards of a completely new type – Hero Cards. After using them our hero changes into Death Knight, gets a new portrait, war cry, ability, and a few points of armor which allows us to change our play style. We can test the new cards in PvP matches or in the single player campaign during which we will be able to face the Lich King himself. The expansion also introduces a new battlefield and card backs.
Card Thief (AND)
Logic 22 April 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.
Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams (AND)
Strategy 29 June 2017
Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams is the fifth DLC for the 2016 collector's card game Shadowverse that was developed by the Japanese studio Cygames. The expansion does not introduce any gameplay changes, but comes with 104 new cards among which we will find neutral cards and those that are exclusive to each of the seven available classes. All of the new cards refer to classic fairy tales and fantasy stories like Don Quixote, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and many others. Wonderland Dreams also allows us to create a completely new and previously unavailable deck of cards.
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.
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.
Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest (AND)
Logic 10 December 2015
A 3-match puzzle game, set in the universe of the famous Magic: The Gathering card game, related to the popular Puzzle Quest series by Infinite Interactive. During the game we take on the role of a Planeswalker, who, through spells and summoned creatures, fights with other adepts of magical arts. Duels come down to skillfully placing at least three elements of the same type in a row. Depending on what symbols we combine together, each match can result in, for example, casting a spell or using an object from the inventory. Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest could not, of course, do without typical elements of a card game. Thus, we collect cards during the game that represent characters, spells, artifacts, etc. Then we use them to build our own deck, which is used during a duel allows us to achieve different effects and employ different combat strategies.