Best Original Card Games
Solitaire and poker are lots of fun, but why not do something new with all those cards? Designers have been taking full advantage of the video gaming medium to create card interfaces that go far beyond the usual 52 deck set. Who needs aces and kings when you've got goblins and tanks? Here's a look at some card based video games that do things a little different.
Hearthstone - You can't mention card based video games without talking about Hearthstone. Released by World of Warcraft creator Blizzard in 2014, the game has grown to incorporate numerous expansions and gain countless fans in a very short time. Players start out with a small collection of cards and take turns casting spells, equipping weapons, or summoning creatures based on the abilities of cards in their hand. The goal is to defeat your opponent by reducing their life to zero. That's a greatly simplified version of gameplay, of course, but it's enough to show that Hearthstone really does take the idea of card gaming to the next level. Best of all, it's free to play, so there's no harm in giving it a shot. Unless you value your free time, that is.
SUPERFIGHT - What's better than having an argument with your friends? Having an argument with them that doesn't make any sense. SUPERFIGHT pits players against each other in a battle of imaginary proportions. Cards are drawn to create each player's avatar, everyone's thrown a hypothetical situation such as "Who would win in a fight between a drunk ninja and Abraham Lincoln riding a bear?", then they start verbally dueling to see which player is right. Votes are eventually cast to see which argument was the most persuasive, and the winner gets all the points. Simple, yeah? But also insanely hilarious. Cards have never caused so much laughter.
Reigns - Sometimes simplicity is the way to go. Reigns lets you manage an entire kingdom just by swiping cards. Advice, decisions, random events and more pop up in the middle of the screen. You only have one move to make: swipe left to reject, swipe right to accept. Nothing could be simpler, right? Sure, until those decisions start adding up and your kingdom kicks off a revolt. Such is the life of an emperor. Reigns keeps the elegant simplicity of classic card games while adding some amazing new features for the modern digital age.
Tabletop Simulator - Why play cards when you can play every card and board game imaginable? Tabletop Simulator has a simple goal: bring in-person tabletop games to the digital world. The amazing part is it doesn't impose rules on anything, allowing you to take dice, mahjong tiles, playing cards and more, then start playing as if you were sitting around a real table. And if you ever get mad, just give the virtual tabletop a flip to clear everything away. All the freedom of real life, none of the clean-up.
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