Category Archives: Card

Back in the fourteenth century, a hot new device hit Europe: it was pocket-sized, and people used it for entertainment as well as divination, and in order to make poor financial decisions. Playing cards were hot (and expensive) and it was amazing all the things you could do with them. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Reiner Knizia: Card Buster [$0.99] is optimized for iOS, but it will also run on a deck of playing cards, if you still have them...

Square Enix' Guardian Cross [Free] is exactly the game it wants to be. Coming from me, that would usually be a compliment, but in this case, it's more of a sigh and a shrug...

Tangled amongst the seemingly endless torrent of app updates as everything under the sun gets updated to iOS 6 and/or to support the iPhone 5 is some brand new content in the fantastic iPad-only Magic 2013 [Free (HD)]. If this is the first you've heard of the game, dig into our five star review. In essence, it's the perfect primer to get into Magic the Gathering as a new player and does a fairly decent job at still providing a fun gameplay experience for veterans of the card game. With online multiplayer, tons to unlock, and a great try before you buy payment model it's an incredibly easy recommendation...

If you've played Hothead Games' Kard Combat [$0.99], it's a safe bet that Three Donkeys' Spectromancer [$1.99 / $3.99 (HD)] is going to seem familiar. Very familiar. It's not just that they're both card-battle games in the same vein as Magic, it's that they have exactly the same rules, play the same way, and while the cards have different names and art, their game stats and abilities are identical...

Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops, a new "social" Metal Gear game, was announced this morning at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series. A GREE executive came out to debut some sort of sizzle trailer, showing off a 3D game built in Unity...

Lost Cities [$3.99] is a game that's hard to quantify. It's built on Reiner Knizia's formidable game design talents, and made into an impressive asynchronous experience by The Coding Monkeys, developers of board game delight Carcassonne [$9.99]. It has a robust single-player campaign and most of the online tools one could hope for. It looks great, too. All of that sounds pretty glowing, but we're only a few days in and I'm already making excuses not to take my turns...

Playdek's latest iOS conversion of a tabletop game is its most ambitious, and arguably its most successful to date. Summoner Wars [Free] is a hybrid CCG / small map strategy game somewhat similar to Mojang's highly-anticipated Scrolls. This combination of deck-building in the vein pioneered by Magic 2013 [Free (HD)] with tactical maneuvering of the sort seen in Hero Academy [Free] and Outwitters [Free] is a powerful combination for gamers who are fans of both genres...

'Magic 2013' Review - A Fantastic Interpretation of the Perfect Gateway Drug

One of the first games I ever bought on the App Store was Solitaire City [$1.99], and I remember thinking all the way back in mid-2008 that card games work amazing on touch screens and how unfortunate it was that (at the time) the most complicated offering available was the same game of Solitaire I'd spent most of my educational career playing on Windows computers. Since then, there have been a number of collectable card games available on the App Store, but they all pale in comparison to the nearly 20 years of refinement and evolution that Magic the Gathering has experienced since the physical game was originally release in 1993. Of course, two decades of complexity, rulings, and card releases can be a double edged sword in that getting involved as a new player is potentially very intimidating...

As a kid, I spent a lot of time in the local coffeehouse playing Magic: The Gathering. The game was in its infancy back in those days, and I never dreamed it would have such longevity at the time I was building my blue/white Serra Angel deck and plotting the downfall of my opponents (read: poor saps at the coffeehouse who thought playing me was a good idea). While the habit of playing Magic wore off a long time ago, I've always watched with interest as new card games came out over the years, thinking that one day when I had time, I would take up the habit again...

On Friday we posted a hands-on of the upcoming Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. It was great. Really great, actually: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 for the iPad is the full experience. I'd argue it's the best way I've played a Duels of the Planeswalkers game so far. The touch controls work exactly as you'd expect them to. Playing cards from your hand is as simple as dragging them on to the play field, targeting is done by tapping, and a few on-screen buttons control the rest of the things you need to do to advance the game. It feels so much better than playing with a controller...

E3: Hands-On with 'Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013' for iPad

If you've noticed my various ramblings regarding Magic the Gathering either on the actual site or during the podcast, you'd know I'm a huge fan of the game. I've looked forward to the previous installments in the Duels of the Planeswalker series, so, it's not much of a surprise that the 2013 variety was among the things I was most looking forward to checking out at E3...

E3: 'Duels of The Planeswalkers 2013' Hitting This Month

It's official: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, the third entry in the annualized Magic: The Gathering digital series, will hit this June 20 across Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iPad, and PC. It'll ship with new decks, some finer points of customization, new puzzles, and new cards from Magic: The Gathering's 2013 core set. ..

'Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalker 2013' Video Looks Awesome

Details are still vague as they could possibly be regarding the upcoming Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalker 2013 coming to the iPad, but a new video just hit YouTube this afternoon that shows off some of the new cards included in the 2013 release. Give it a look:..

One of the world's best CCGs on mobile, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer [$.99], is now better looking and it's packing more content. In a recent update, developer Incinerator Studios added retina support for iPad, as well as three new IAP card packs -- Return of the Fallen, Storm of Souls, and an aptly named promotional pack called Promo Pack 1. It has also dropped in an "in-app purchase" manager, which allows you to restore, as well as buy, cards from within the app...

Can Branding Set a Casino Game Apart? Zeniz is About to Find Out

I'd argue that the only genre more saturated on the App Store than match-3's has got to be casino style games. Whether you're talking slot machines, card games, and other variations, there's a bazillion of them. Well, the guys behind the United States Playing Card Company think they've got a compelling addition to the field, and that's through their expertise of being the guys behind basically every brand of playing cards. Aviator, Bee, Bicycle, Tally-Ho, Congress, KEM, and PokerPeek are all their products, and the company has been around since 1867, so they definitely have some momentum behind them...

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