Yomi is a tabletop card-battling game that takes place in David Sirlin's Fantasy Strike universe. At some point, Sirlin made a Unity-driven version and threw it up on the Fantasy Strike website, but according to a new post on his forums, it's also coming to iPad next week.

David Sirlin made his bones in the games industry by spearheading development on Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and publishing detailed notes about the process on his blog. He even wrote a book on competitive gaming called Playing to WinIn fighting game circles, Yomi has tons of street cred.

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Here are the basics: each character has a deck full of attacks, throws, and blocks that operate kind of like rock-paper-scissors. You'll set up a string of commands and hope that they effectively counter or beat your opponent's. That seems pretty straightforward, but a few minutes of poking around in the playable web version reveal a deep, complex game that balances randomness with strategy and intuition.

One thing to note about Yomi: it's a card game, but it's not a collectible card game. Yomi ships with 10 characters, each of which have a full deck of attacks. This means no grinding through random card packs to get enough resources for a workable, high-level deck. Another 10 "expansion" characters will be available through an in-app purchase.

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Here's where things get weird: Yomi will launch at $9.99, and the IAP will set you back another $9.99. On the one hand, the complete physical collection costs $100, so the iOS version is a pretty good deal; on the other, Yomi seems stuck between the tabletop world that supports expensive hobbies and the App Store which usually doesn't. How Sirlin navigates that tension will be interesting.

Either way, the iPad version of Yomi will sport online multiplayer and be cross-platform compatible with the web version. If you already have a FantasyStrike account, your username and leaderboard stats will be waiting when you boot up the iPad version. Offline, singleplayer modes will also be available if you need to dust-up on your gambling panda strategies.

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Yomi will hit the App Store on April 17th, but until then you can play for free on the Fantasy Strike website.

[via Fantasy Strike forums]

  • https://www.youtube.com/HansKaosu HansKaosu

    Looks interesting

  • Ramaz1234

    Really liking the Zelda vibe here.

    • Geertyy

      Lol

  • ODMay

    No.... just no. /:

    • Stormourner

      yes just yes

  • TigerBoat

    This looks like a really, really cool idea. Please have a review up for it ASAP!

  • http://www.superbatcave.com Super Bat Cave

    I actually own the physical card version of this game. Gameplay is quick and easy to learn, it uses traditional playing card format - hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds, 2-10, jack queen king ace, jokers, etc. So it's easy to figure out card strength. It's similar to a rock-paper-scissors type formula, but with a bit more added on.The art is great, and I'll be happy to have this on ipad!

    • coolpepper43

      There are physical card games? What!?

      • http://www.superbatcave.com Super Bat Cave

        Who knew!!!!?

  • terra_firma106

    I've owned the physical version of Yomi for a while now. I love it. The game is quick and fun, but it also has quite a lot of strategy. I really like all of David Sirlin's games, and I own all of them.

  • collasta

    I'm looking forward to watching this pan out. Sirlin seems to be an ass and invoke ire with most things he does.

    I feel a better card based fighting game is BattleCon. It has a free app already and is one of my favorite card games.

  • Maelwolf

    Also own the physical card game. It's a fun, light game and will probably benefit tremendously from being digital simply due to automatic tracking of health. There is something to be said about face-to-face though when bluffing.

  • DemoEvolved

    I'm interested, add to watch list
    I'm not 0 dollars interested, remove from watch list
    Launch solforge
    The end

  • DoctorFedora

    I've been a big fan of the physical version of this game. Massively looking forward to this on iPad.

  • Odulin

    I own physical version of Yomi and it's my favorite card game. I'm looking forward to next week release.