We were just starting to think that Cartoon Networks’ Card Wars – Adventure Time ($3.99) was merely a soft launch, but it turns out it was just late to the weekly release party. The card game is on the App Store now, and I highly recommend it to fans of the show Adventure Time. It takes what basically amounts to a silly joke in a single episode and turns it in to a full, surprisingly good, card game.
Initially the $3.99 price tag gave me pause when playing it on stream this week, but I was able to play it for an entire hour non-stop while everyone watched, and then I’ve played another couple hours since then and haven’t hit any kind of stopping point where the game forces me to pay more money. While the inclusion of timers and premium currencies is confusing, it doesn’t seem like a show stopper.
Instead, the “premium" stuff seems to be more targeted to people who are just bad at the game and want to marathon it in one sitting without stopping and people who feel the need to collect every card. There’s a Hearthstone-like crafting system so you can get the cards you want without paying, but you’re limited by the amount you can collect at once without paying more.
Weird, but not bad, and certainly not something that should put you off if you love Adventure Time, as this game is dripping with fan service and pig flooping.