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WWE SuperCard Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By George Fagundes on August 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PICK A CARD
It's easy to scoff at, but it turns out WWE Supercard is a surprisingly engaging digital trading card game.
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Star Admiral Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on July 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADMIRABLE ADMIRALS
While this new digital CCG may feel a bit familiar, Star Admiral offers a sci-fi twist and galaxy's worth of solid gameplay for free.
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Looking For Group - Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas First Impressions

Posted by Rob Thomas on July 25th, 2014

For the first time since its release (which has thankfully been a much shorter window for iPad players than their PC counterparts), Blizzard’s wildly successful Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft CCG is sporting some brand new content: the single player “adventure” mode, Curse of Naxxramas. Based on the World of Warcraft raid dungeon of the same name, Naxxramas is divided up into various themed quarters: the Arachnid, Plague, Military, and Construct Quarters, and ending with the Frostwyrm Lair. Naxxramas’ Arachnid Quarter opened up this week and I brushed back the cobwebs to peek inside.

The three challenges of the Arachnid Quarter come in the forms of the Spider Lord Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, and the giant spider Maexxna - sure to give anyone with arachnophobia a severe case of the creepy-crawlies. Each boss has their own special 2 mana “class” power, from summoning minions (Anub’Rekhan), to sending random minions back to a player’s hand (Maexxna), to firing randomly assigned magic damage based on how many cards the player is holding (Faerlina). There are also Heroic versions of the same fights, where the dungeon bosses start off with a massive 45 life to the player’s paltry 30 - while also sporting enhanced versions of their powers. Summoning a 4/4 minion for 2 mana? Yeah, that seems incredibly well-balanced. Good luck!

There are also two Class Challenges, where players are pitted against Naxxramas’ bosses with pre-built class-specific decks. Rogue and Druid are the two classes on offer this time, with the Rogue facing Faerlina while the Druid takes on Maexxna. Other Class Challenges will unlock as the weeks roll on, of course. It would be nice to see these with their own Heroic variants too, but in some cases that could get dangerously close to overkill.

All of the battles in this wing of Naxxramas feel fresh and interesting. The new graphics for the playing area feature fun little interactive elements and there's a ton of new voiceover work, including new lines for plenty of existing Hearthstone cards. In particular, the running commentary between matches from Naxxramas’ resident Lich Lord, Kel’Thuzad, is funny - almost at odds with the presumed tone of the new area. Then again, Hearthstone has never been afraid to be light and goofy. A lot of the new cards on display bank heavily on Battlecry and Deathrattle effects (SO many Deathrattles!). Also, with a number of new Beast subtype cards, Beast-themed Hunter decks have just received a huge boost.

The other wings of Curse of Naxxramas begin opening, one by one, starting next week with the Plague Quarter. Each wing costs $6.99 (with bundles available at a discounted price) or 700 in-game gold - but, sadly, no bundles), so you’d better start farming those daily Quests for gold now. However, keep in mind Quests only advance via Play or Arena mode - time spent in the depths of Naxxramas doesn’t count toward their completion. So what are you waiting for, adventurer? Get back out there and sling some cards!

Magic 2015 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Thomas on July 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAPPING MY PATIENCE
Don't let the price tag fool you. If you're not willing to pony up a ten spot, your time in Magic 2015 is going to be short-lived indeed.
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GemHero, A Gem Swapping Puzzle RPG, Hits the App Store Today

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

GemHero by Sayan Chailangka was released today for iOS as well as Android phones and tablets. The game is a puzzle RPG with gem arrangement and Trading Card Game mechanics. The user's character sets out on adventures using gem swapping to cast elemental magic, collect trading cards, and fight monsters. You can also challenge yourself against bosses to rank up on the leaderboards in Survival Mode. To keep the game exciting, GemHero offers in-game events such as event dungeons, Daily login bonus, and a bonus for your first login.

Check out GemHero on the App Store for free.

Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones Review

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By Rob Thomas on June 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: STICKS AND STONES
Gorgeous artwork and abundant creatures to collect can't really save Dragonwood Academy from its own rudimentary gameplay.
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World War II: TCG Review

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By Rob Thomas on April 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: POOR INTEL
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

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By Rob Thomas on April 21st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED
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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SolForge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FORGE YOUR DECK
Control armies of zombies, mystical creatures, cybernetic troops, and more in this free-to-play trading card game.
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