Posts Tagged CCG

Star Admiral is unlike other collectible card games on the app store. With gorgeous 3D space ships replacing cards, players can feel more a part of the epic space struggle that is Hardscore Games ‘ upcoming release.

It will have 3 Main Races (Moxxu, Radiant Empire, and the Shadow Network), 11 mercenary factions, and over 100 unique units to keep players involved in creating their favorite fleets. The game will be free, and players won’t be able to buy units that others can’t, thus removing some of the frustrations that come with the free-to-play genre.

Star Admiral will be hitting the App Store next month on July 10.

Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones Review

Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gorgeous artwork and abundant creatures to collect can't really save Dragonwood Academy from its own rudimentary gameplay.

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Noble Nutlings developer Boomlagoon has announced Monsu, their upcoming side-scrolling collectible card game. The character design and gameplay has been in development for months, and as such the end result will contain dozens of characters and a ‘rich’ storyline.

In Monsu, players will have to battle their way through endless hordes of grumpy villagers in order to complete the task of retrieving stolen treasure. Each character players come across will have their own magical powers, which can then be collected and used to bash and smash their foes. The game also features multiple territories to explore, including the Woods and the Cemetery.

Antti Stén, CEO of Boomlagoon, had this to say of the game:

We’re focused on creating character-driven games that players love, all around the world. With Monsu, we’ve created a platformer that is easy to pick up and play, instantly rewards the gamer, and still provides nearly infinite ways to progress through the environments.

Monsu is set to arrive on the App Store sometime this Summer.

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World War II: TCG Review

World War II: TCG Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Free to play doesn't excuse a number of design mistakes that make this collectable card game feel fresh out of basic training.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
This World of Warcraft CCG spin-off is easy to pick up, almost impossible to put down, and most amazingly of all, totally free. Consider this your only warning.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Available on the U.S. App Store Right Now – Gogogogo!

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

For a while we just had to sit back while PC gamers got to enjoy it. Then they teased us with a soft launch. Now the wait is finally over – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available on the US App Store!

This is normally where I’d speak a bit about how neat it looks and how popular it is, but it’s freaking Hearthstone. You deserve a medal for sticking around this long rather than going straight to the App Store to download it. But don’t worry, I won’t keep you.

You can grab Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for the iPad now, for free.

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image001Despite the fact that Hearthstone seems tailor-made for tablets, there were some challenges in bringing it to the iPad. Namely getting Battle.net to function and needing to tweak the interface a bit. But make it to tablets it did, and it’s coming to the US App Store “Soon™.”

In about a week US iPad players will be able to get their hands on Blizzard’s most desirous card game, but of course there’s more to it than that. Also on the “Soon™” List are Adventures, which are self-contained challenges where players square off against the AI and attempt to defeat special boss characters to win more cards. The first Adventure coming out of the gate (sometime in the hopefully near future, but no specific dates have been given) is the ‘Curse of Naxxramas.’ World of Warcraft players will probably recognize the name, seeing as it’s a fairly well-known raid dungeon.

Last but certainly not least (well, for me anyway) was the news that Hearthstone will also eventually be making its way to the iPhone. It’s going to be separate from the iPad version (so not Universal), but the fact that it’s in the works is enough for me!

Of course if you do have an iPad you can just grab Hearthstone once it releases on the App Store in about a week.

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Developer Wizards of the Coast has announced that its new game for iPads, Magic 2015 — Duels of the Planeswalkers, should be available in summer of 2014.

The game is the latest installment in the Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise, and puts the player at the center of the mythical Magic Multiverse.

Fans attending PAX East in Boston this weekend will have the chance to be the first to demo Magic 2015 — Duels of the Planeswalkers in the Magic: The Gathering booth, #462. Additionally, visitors to the show will have the opportunity to earn an exclusive Garruk Wildspeaker Pinny Arcade pin (while supplies last) by demoing the new game or participating in other in-booth activities.

Blizzard’s free-to-play online collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, left beta not long ago. Now its mobile days begin, as they have soft-launched their online card-battling game in Canada ahead of its global launch. So I grabbed my deck and chatted up some pandaren for this edition of It Came From Canada!

The core gameplay of Hearthstone has players using an increasing supply of mana to play cards they’ve drawn: most are creatures that can be put into the arena, and only played on the next turn, though some have instant effects such as attacking immediately. Players also have hero attacks that cost mana but can be used to attack the other player or their creatures, with the ultimate goal being to take the opponent’s hero down to zero health. Players can battle online with others via Battle.net, take on computer opponents in Practice Mode, and spend their winnings (or currency purchased via in-app purchases) on cards to outfit their deck. It’s fast-paced, but easy to get into.

Hearthstone-7The game is simple enough that anyone can get into it after the first six tutorial missions, which cover the gamut of battling. Of course, this is where the game shows its origins as a non-mobile title: the tutorials take about 20 minutes or so to get through them before players can even battle online. In a mobile-first world this would likely be a lot shorter, but the slow pace does a great job at getting players to know how to play the game.

After the tutorial is finished players must register for a Battle.net account in order to play online, with this account usable cross-platform. Deck creation isn’t explicitly covered, but it’s possible to just go out with a default deck. Custom decks can be created as well, and there’s a handy guided tutorial for creating a well-balanced deck, where the game recommends three cards of a kind – so players can choose and understand how to build a deck, versus the game just automatically making one.

Hearthstone-2Once into the online battles, the process is similar to the tutorial missions, except slower. Some players online can be slow to decide their moves, though there’s only so much time that a player has before the game passes it along. Note that unlike mobile-designed titles like Ascension, players must stay in the battle; there’s no jumping to other games.

And really, that will be the interesting thing to see as Hearthstone nears its global release. This is a game that isn’t necessarily unfriendly to mobile, but many of the patterns that have defined mobile card battlers are clearly defied here. And the longer pacing could lead to more drop-outs during matches, which would not be ideal for the PC userbase. But still, this is Hearthstone on an iPad and that should excite many people.

Conquest of Champions is a pretty sweet-looking CCG from Kihon, and it’s making its way to the iPad.

Think of it as a sort of hybrid of Magic and Warhammer, with a sprinkling of Hero Academy thrown in for good measure. You’ll be collecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 130 cards, choosing between three factions, training heroes, and fighting against other players (or solo!) in asynchronous node-capturing strategic combat. Plus it looks pretty freaking awesome in motion.

Conquest of Champions is currently in open beta for the Mac and PC, with a projected App Store release of later this summer.

via: Kihon
Caveman Wars Review

Caveman Wars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
For a game about such dumb people, Caveman Wars is surprisingly complex.

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Card Wars – Adventure Time Review

Card Wars – Adventure Time Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Card Wars is fantastic up until the free-to-play aspects become apparent, which is a problem in a game that has an up front cost.

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Kaizin Rumble Review

Kaizin Rumble Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In-depth story-driven card-collecting game Kaizin Rumble is a fantastic example of what happens when a game plays its cards right.

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Sword & Magic HD Review

Sword & Magic HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A Collectible Card Game with RPG elements, Sword & Magic HD is plagued with flaws that hold it back from its true potential.

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Evilibrium Review

Evilibrium Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Evilibrium is yet another sad example of how free-to-play games can be extremely cynical experiences.

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HELLO HERO Review

HELLO HERO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One could use this game as an example of an absurd pay to play game, but one could also use this game as an example of a great time.

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Beyond the Dead Review

Beyond the Dead Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This zombie-themed pseudo CCG is a real looker, and is an interesting take on a rather saturated genre, but it's also pretty slow.

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Zombie Farm Battles Review

Zombie Farm Battles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Colorful it may be but Zombie Farm Battles is too basic a card game for most to truly revel in.

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Transformers Legends Goes Ultra-Rare With Optimus Prime In A September That’s Meant To Be Remembered

Posted by on September 5th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Transformers Legends gets a new “September to Remember” campaign that features an Optimus Prime vs Megatron episode, or EPICsode! Can I be any more of a geek? [Editor's Note: No. No you cannot.]

Anyway, DeNA will be launching a series of weekly episodes and new content that includes player vs player match-ups for Transformers Legends. The current episode, One Shall Fall, features Optimus Prime for the first time in a Transformers Legends episode. This is also the first time that Optimus Prime is a rarity 5 card, which is ultra rare. Oh, yeah!

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Star Wars: Force Collection Review

Star Wars: Force Collection Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Wars: Force Collection induces its fair share of painful moments, but there’s a surprisingly competent CCG hiding just below the fan service.

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Ben 10 Slammers Review

Ben 10 Slammers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ben 10 Slammers is strong enough for an adult, but made for a kid.

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Rivals At War: 2084 Review

Rivals At War: 2084 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hothead has refined their interesting CCG formula even further, but Rivals At War: 2084 still retains a few of the series' problems.

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Showstopper Basketball Review

Showstopper Basketball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Showstopper Basketball combines CCG and hardwood action into an interesting yet novice take on the classic sport.

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Star Trek Rivals Review

Star Trek Rivals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Trek Rivals is a card game many have seen before, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun regardless.

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Transformers: Legends Review

Transformers: Legends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite the focus on giant transforming robots, this online CCG isn't all that exciting.

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Cabals Review

Cabals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cabals is an interesting hybrid of collectible card game and abstract strategy board game, and is worth exploring for those looking for something a little different on the App Store.

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Transformers Legends Lets You Collect Hundreds Of Characters In This Card Game

Posted by on April 26th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Put together a team of Transformers and go head-to-head against friends and foes in 9 v 9 battles. Transformers Legends is a card game where you can customize and power up your team with credits, cards and battles while defending the world with the AutoBots or destroying it with the Decepticons. There are hundreds of Transformers characters and items to discover, and regular events that give you the opportunity to win limited-edition Transformers.

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Tekken Card Tournament Review

Tekken Card Tournament Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's tragically funny when a concept that shouldn't work actually does, but ends up not being any fun thanks to a punishing IAP economy.

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Elements: Broken Lands Review

Elements: Broken Lands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It looks good and sports some clever ideas, but there's very little strategy to this CCG.

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Order & Chaos Duels Review

Order & Chaos Duels Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Order & Chaos Duels is a beautiful and fun strategic card game at its core, but the solo campaign is horribly unbalanced.

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