Category Archives: Card

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$3.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi slowly drawing nearer and with the director for Star Wars: Episode IX getting fired the other day, Star Wars has been in the news quite a bit the last couple of weeks, and what better time for Star Wars: Force Collection [Free] to add new Jedi-related content to the game and get players excited again. Specifically, in celebration of its fourth anniversary, the game is getting a new BB-8 5-stars card along with a First Order Stormtrooper 5-stars card. In addition to these new cards, from today until September 13th Star Wars: Force Collection will run a Revenge of the Bosses event with Han Solo and Kylo Ren 5-star cards as rewards. I wonder if (spoilers) the Kylo Ren card kills the Han Solo card if they're in the same deck, all the while the Han card looks in disbelief and disappointment. Or maybe we'll get the Undercover Boss version of Kylo Ren...




Few games on the App Store can be so fun and so infuriating at the same time as Clash Royale [Free], so every time the developers talk about the game's inner workings, passions understandably flare up. Recently, the developers did a Reddit AMA where they responded to all kinds of questions on such major issues as card balancing, matchmaking, and more, giving us an interesting inside look at the game. On balancing, the devs recognized how controversial a topic it is and confessed that it's scary to work on or even talk about. The goal of balancing for this specific game is to make all cards useful at least to a degree, and the more cards and diversity exists, the more likely a rock-paper-scissors kind of meta emerges. The developers seem to be happy with the balance at the moment, although they of course said they'll continue working on it...

When you think of fighting games, you don't usually think of turn-based mechanics and cards (unless it's Yomi), but Martial Arts Brutality [Free], which has just released worldwide, is exactly that, a turn-based fighting game that uses cards. As you would expect from a free-to-play card game, you get to discover, collect, and upgrade your cards, and you try to build the best deck you can build. Once you're happy with that deck, you can take it online to fight either with or against your friends (the second being definitely more fun). And to make sure you can rub some salt on those wounds, the game includes a taunting system. The game lives up to its name by letting you inflict all kinds of injuries on your hapless opponents, which I'm sure will please many of its players...

Best 'Frozen Throne' Decks, Decks to Beat Druid, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #110

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of last week's best news stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. As was to be expected, there's a lot of talk about the current power levels of Druid and the effects that has on the meta (and the game as a whole). So, we have stories both about getting on the Druid bandwagon and trying to beat Druid decks. There are also stories about the new short Blizzard has unveiled, which is lovely, as well as the results of the Global Games finals. Overall, the world of Hearthstone seems to be all about Druid issues at this moment, and it remains to be seen whether the Druid-mania will soon subside or whether it will continue until Blizzard does something about the current state of the meta. Let us begin...

Battlejack [Free] from NEXON and Grand Cru has made its way to the App Store today. The strategic card RPG is available for free on both iOS and Android allowing you to embark on a journey to vanquish evil forces. Battlejack has more than 100 levels where you can evolve and fuse mighty heroes to build decks to take down the enemy. There's a PVP mode with asynchronous combat and support for guilds where you get rewarded for helping out said guild. Watch the release trailer below:..

All kinds of interesting things are happening in Hearthstone [Free] over at Gamescom 2017, with a huge Fireside Brawl mimicking an MMO raid, but unfortunately those of us not there have to settle for a typical Tavern Brawl. By the Power of Ragnaros is a new brawl, and it mimics the power of Emperor Thaurissan. In other words, you build your own deck, and at the end of your turn, the cards in your hand get cheaper by one. Keep in mind that the end of your opponent's turn has no effect on your cards and that this effect only affects cards in your hand, not in your deck. There are quite a few decks that can find success in this Brawl, but remember to mulligan properly since that opening hand is going to get cheap really quickly...

Druid Too Strong, Frozen Throne Crazy Cards, Disguised Toast, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #109

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to our weekly roundup of the best news and videos. We are in the second week of the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, and the meta is still a bit all over the place, although Druid decks seem to be much stronger than most other decks. Players seem to be having fun with the new cards and the Death Knights. This week we have stories on climbing the ladder in an unstable meta, fun Frozen throne decks to play, Frozen Throne bugs and surprises, and much more. Overall, it's been a good week for the game, and it's always fun to get to play with new cards, especially when we see new archetypes and new ideas. I hope you've been enjoying Knights of the Frozen Throne. Now, let's jump into the news...

This year has seen a large number of collectible-card game contenders enter the scene, all looking to take a bite out of the audiences of Hearthstone [Free], Clash Royale [Free], or both. Eternal Card Game [Free] was a recent entrant into the field and perhaps the most Magic: The Gathering like of all options out there today. You declare blockers in Eternal, for one, a facet of gameplay Hearthstone jettisoned for simplicity's sake and most others have followed suit. Eternal also features what seems like gigantic booster packs at twelve cards deep. It's a really good game and made by Dire Wolf Digital, the folks behind The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free]...

For the last few tournaments, Hearthstone [Free] has been giving away packs to those who pick a winning champion, and now it's time for another round of Choose Your Champion, this time for the Hearthstone Global Games Finals 2017. There are only four teams left in the competition—Ukraine, South Korea, USA, and the Czech Republic—so you have pretty good chances of grabbing free packs. The way Choose Your Champion works is you pick one of the four finalist as your champion (you can't switch once you confirm your choice, so pick wisely), and then the more wins your champion gets, the more packs you earn. Pretty easy, isn't it?..

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...

Best Frozen Throne Decks, Death Knight Rankings, Trolden and Kripp Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #108

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post-Knights of the Frozen Throne Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We finally got the infusion of all the cool new cards into the game, and everyone seems to be happy, at least for now. The post-expansion honeymoon periods are always fun because the meta is very fluid and everyone is trying different ideas. Blizzard's new pack rules have helped most players get a good starting collection, and overall things seem to be good in the Hearthstone world. We have stories about strong Frozen Throne decks, stories about the new Death Knight cards, and a lot more. We even have a Destiny story. So, hop over the image below and let us begin...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is the shifty ShiftCon, but it looks like it's too buggy to work at the moment. If you log into Hearthstone right now, you'll get a message that "We're aware that some players can't access the Tavern Brawl right now. We're working hard to fix the issue. Thanks for your patience." So, if you were planning on playing the Brawl right now, you might be unable to actually start a match. The actual brawl is all about the cheap but very powerful legendary Shifter Zerus. Each player gets a random deck consisting of many Shifter Zerus and some random spells from your chosen class. And each player starts with 3 mana...

'Legendary DXP,' a Digital Deck-Building Game Based on the Popular Tabletop Version, is Launching Next Week

Last June, Upper Deck — the trading-card and sports memorabilia maker — announced that it was moving into the digital arena with Legendary DXP, a digital trading card game based on its Legendary tabletop games. The best known of these is probably Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, though as any true browncoat can tell you, there's also a version based on Joss Whedon's Firefly. Legendary DXP will use similar deck building gameplay as the tabletop games, though it will be set in a new — and considerably less expensive to license — fantasy world called Alamyth. The names have changed but the theme remains and players will recruit powerful and legendary heroes to improve their deck and use it to battle dastardly evil-doing villains that keep popping up...

The entertaining deck-building card game Paperback: The Game [$3.99] just got much better after its latest update because it now has asynchronous multiplayer mode, which I know many in our forums have been waiting for. The new mode has a fun twist: if your opponent drops out because of your amazing skills, an AI player steps in so you can continue playing. If you haven't read our review of the game, Paperback is a deck-building game in the vein of something like Ascencion, and you'll be picking various cards (some of them with special powers) to form words. The game is all about pulp novels and a fight between writers, and it's a theme that really makes the game stand out and will definitely please book lovers...

Collectible-card game Faeria [Free (HD)] launched earlier this year armed with a new spin on a familiar genre. It introduced the "living board" where players add lands to a hex-based battlefield and use those lands to summon creatures to take the battle to the foe. It's certainly different than Hearthstone [Free] and other CCG contenders and the battlefield sculpting aspect brings a separate layer of strategy and challenge...

'The Elder Scrolls: Legends' Review - Pretty Legendary

Although Bethesda's and Dire Wolf Digital's Collectible Card Game (CCG) The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] has been out for a while now, we were waiting for the game to go universal before reviewing it. And now that it's finally out on iPhones, we can talk about what Legends brings to the table and how it stands apart from a game like Hearthstone, which has pretty much become the golden standard for digital CCGs. Since this is a CCG that's still growing, especially now with the influx of more players and the recent Skyrim expansion, it's hard to talk about whether its meta is balanced, whether there are cards that need to be nerfed and haven't, and so on. That's why I will mostly focus this review on the ways Legends stands apart from Hearthstone and whether those differences are a good thing or a bad thing overall. Spoiler warning: I think they are good overall...

'Miracle Merchant' Review - A Masterful Solo Card Game from the Creator of 'Card Crawl'

Do you love solitaire-style mobile games? If the answer is yes you're in luck because Miracle Merchant [$1.99] released today and is one of the best card games in the App Store. Miracle Merchant is the latest title from TinyTouchTales, indie developer and master of modern solitaire variants. 2015's Card Crawl [$2.99] is on my Mount Olympus of mobile games and has been the source of countless hours (seriously, I couldn't begin to count them) of entertainment. Card Thief [$2.99] was released earlier this year and is also eminently replayable...

Good news, Pathfinder Adventures [Free] players. The Rise of the Goblins campaign has just been added to the game, so there's a lot more content available. Rise of the Goblins comes with 5 new scenarios, 11 special goblin alts for the 11 original characters, 2 new goblin characters (Poog and Ranzak), 1 new goblin diet set, 40 new cards, 2 new locations, and 4 new location backgrounds. Poog is a Goblin Warcaster and Ranzak is a Goblin Raider. Both of them are gorgeous, as you would expect, as are the 11 goblin alts. The alts have new powers, so these aren't just cosmetic. The Rise of the Goblins bundle costs 1500 gold, and you can grab it in the Store...

Frozen Throne Reveals, Frost Lich Jaina, Arthas Skin, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #107

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best stories and videos. As expected, last week was all about the upcoming expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, especially because the community has been trying to keep track with and evaluate all the revealed cards. Most in the community seem to be happy with the cards we've seen so far, and I hope that optimism continues even after the expansion arrives. It does look like Blizzard is starting to figure out the kind of content the community enjoys, so hopefully we'll get the best expansion to date. There's a few weeks to go until that, though, so for now enjoy our weekly roundup...

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