A huge update for Kard Combat [Free] wormed its way through Apple certification today and is now available for all owners of the premium version of the delicious card game. The tentpole addition is the four new mages: Demon, Chaos, Deception, and Arcane. Each deck adds a special a slew of special spells and new cards to use, and each is free for owners of the game. Two new modes of play, Challenge and time multiplayer, have been added as well, shoring up a suite of options that were already pretty satisfying to the player base. The former mode, by the way, is a basic riff on the Tower, while the latter should make for some much, much quicker online battles.

An update wouldn’t be an update without fixes and tweaks, right? New visuals, new sound, and new animations have been added in addition to multiplayer slot, mana counter, and several other bug fixes. Also, you’ll now be able to switch the difficulty of the game mid-campaign instead of having to start over.

If you bothered with the full game unlock for $9.99, all of this will be free as soon as you grab the update. For others, these decks and modes are available via IAP, much like several other options in the game.

We dug Kard Combat in our initial look and that review still stands. In brief, it’s a flawed game with personality and depth that make up for its weak spots. Updates like these certainly make for a stronger offering.

  • Anonymous

    It's an okay update, but some bugs snuck in.

    - Audio options: I can now listen to my iPod app, which should be a sacred rule of almost every iOS game. That's great.
    - Campaign bugs: At least a couple of enemy wizards in the tower are buggy, one of them game-breakingly so.
    - I paid $3 to unlock all wizards in the original release, now there are four more to unlock for a buck each. Not a very tempting pricing model.
    - Still no multiplayer matchmaking over Game Center.

  • Anonymous

    It's an okay update, but some bugs snuck in.

    - Audio options: I can now listen to my iPod app, which should be a sacred rule of almost every iOS game. That's great.
    - Campaign bugs: At least a couple of enemy wizards in the tower are buggy, one of them game-breakingly so.
    - I paid $3 to unlock all wizards in the original release, now there are four more to unlock for a buck each. Not a very tempting pricing model.
    - Still no multiplayer matchmaking over Game Center.

  • Anonymous

    It's an okay update, but some bugs snuck in.

    - Audio options: I can now listen to my iPod app, which should be a sacred rule of almost every iOS game. That's great.
    - Campaign bugs: At least a couple of enemy wizards in the tower are buggy, one of them game-breakingly so.
    - I paid $3 to unlock all wizards in the original release, now there are four more to unlock for a buck each. Not a very tempting pricing model.
    - Still no multiplayer matchmaking over Game Center.

  • Anonymous

    It's an okay update, but some bugs snuck in.

    - Audio options: I can now listen to my iPod app, which should be a sacred rule of almost every iOS game. That's great.
    - Campaign bugs: At least a couple of enemy wizards in the tower are buggy, one of them game-breakingly so.
    - I paid $3 to unlock all wizards in the original release, now there are four more to unlock for a buck each. Not a very tempting pricing model.
    - Still no multiplayer matchmaking over Game Center.

    • Leeroy

      I would agree, I'm pretty put off on the payment structure as I purchased the $2.99 all mages pack and then they come out with more mages, I guess you save some money if you just buy those two packs, but who knows if they are planning more mage packs in the future?  Doesn't make any sense to buy the mage packs if so.  That is for sure.

  • Anonymous

    It's an okay update, but some bugs snuck in.

    - Audio options: I can now listen to my iPod app, which should be a sacred rule of almost every iOS game. That's great.
    - Campaign bugs: At least a couple of enemy wizards in the tower are buggy, one of them game-breakingly so.
    - I paid $3 to unlock all wizards in the original release, now there are four more to unlock for a buck each. Not a very tempting pricing model.
    - Still no multiplayer matchmaking over Game Center.

  • Hamish

    Some great points there.  We're fixing the Wrack bug immediately. Any other bugs, feel free to post them to our Hothead forums here: http://forums.hotheadgames.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=14&sid=4a9978660bb0a7614c3756a83dd2fa13

    Regarding Game Center, we plan to support turn-based multiplayer as soon as it is supported by Apple, which is in iOS5, due in the next couple of months.  Stay tuned for that and tons more coming soon.  In the meantime, please accept our sincere apology for the delay while we fix the problem with the Wrack battle.

    • Anonymous

      Nice to know better Game Center support is on the way, though I'm a little puzzled as to how you're having trouble pulling it off when Ascension does it so well. I guess it's a matter of doing it the new, recommended way, rather than building your own solution using the current available pieces.

      The other glitch I found was in the battle with the marching stones. They're supposed to only march one step to the right, but they march all over the place.

      Oh, and thank you very much for adding the restore purchase feature. Now I can play on my phone and my iPad. I see now that there's an option to buy the four new wizards for another $3. I'm thinking about it. It certainly compares favourabley to the Magic cards I used to buy!

      • Hamish

        Yes, we're looking into the marching stones thing now as well.  Thanks for sending that in via the feedback button, assuming that was you.

    • Anonymous

      Nice to know better Game Center support is on the way, though I'm a little puzzled as to how you're having trouble pulling it off when Ascension does it so well. I guess it's a matter of doing it the new, recommended way, rather than building your own solution using the current available pieces.

      The other glitch I found was in the battle with the marching stones. They're supposed to only march one step to the right, but they march all over the place.

      Oh, and thank you very much for adding the restore purchase feature. Now I can play on my phone and my iPad. I see now that there's an option to buy the four new wizards for another $3. I'm thinking about it. It certainly compares favourabley to the Magic cards I used to buy!

  • Macaroon

    What's the flaw in the game design that you allude to? I like the atmos, but a flaw in the game design sounds quite damning.

    • Hamish

      I'm curious about that too.  Nissa Campbell said that she thought the game looked visually bland (something we're in the process of improving) in an otherwise glowing review.  I don't think she ever described it as flawed though.

  • dimony

    Great update, but is there any chance of bringing the old app icon back?

    The old one looked evil and in tune with the in-game artwork, it really stood out amongst the sea of bland app icons. Something you would expect to see on a card.

    For some reason I keep thinking Kettle Corn (KfC, Kraft Dinner) when looking at the new one.

    Maybe I just have a fear of the new...

  • The9quad

    awesome update, really enjoying it, even if you release multiple mage packs at a dollar a piece this game is still cheaper than any other tcg of it's kind. You want to see expensive go play shadow era or urban rivals then come back here and complain about the price with a straight face. Point is what you get, even with buying the additional mages, is still an incredible value and it cant be beat on the appstore.

  • The9quad

    awesome update, really enjoying it, even if you release multiple mage packs at a dollar a piece this game is still cheaper than any other tcg of it's kind. You want to see expensive go play shadow era or urban rivals then come back here and complain about the price with a straight face. Point is what you get, even with buying the additional mages, is still an incredible value and it cant be beat on the appstore.

  • The9quad

    awesome update, really enjoying it, even if you release multiple mage packs at a dollar a piece this game is still cheaper than any other tcg of it's kind. You want to see expensive go play shadow era or urban rivals then come back here and complain about the price with a straight face. Point is what you get, even with buying the additional mages, is still an incredible value and it cant be beat on the appstore.