WWE Supercard Review

WWE Supercard Review

Sep 3, 2014

WWE Supercard is a curious mix of collectable card game and wrestling. Players familiar with other card battlers maybe be forgiven for dismissing WWE Supercard for another microtransactions filled game with little depth, but they’d be danm wrong.

WWE Supercard has players assembling a deck of wrestlers. There are four superstars, one diva and two extra cards to a deck. These extra cards can be objects like a chair or 2×4 that boosts stats, or even a manager to boost the whole team.

Screenshot_2014-08-27-00-39-04Superstars and Divas come in various tiers from common to legendary, but strangely the same superstars have different versions of themselves. So the player might find a common Batista with rather low stats then a rare Batista with far better stats.

Actual matches boil down to best 2 of 3 confrontations where each match compares different wrestler stats and the higher one wins. For example a Singles or Diva match might be decided by toughness, so the player would pick their toughest wrestler or indeed their weakest if they had little chance of winning and may want to keep hold of their better cards. Another match might be won by the more charismatic wrestler.

Tag matches are similar, but both wrestlers’ stats are compared and an additional compatibility factor gauges how well the wrestlers gel.
Wrestlers that like each other work well as a team. This is shown by a wedge shaped diagram on the cards. Wrestlers whose wedges fit together are compatible and gain a boost. Being the same tier grants another boost. Wedges that are the same shape incur no penalty, while wedges that differ signify incompatible wrestlers and the team suffers a 10% penalty.

Screenshot_2014-08-26-19-23-58Matches are fun to watch and building a balanced team and ensuring they work well together is fun and engaging. The sheer number of wrestlers on offer is a plus as well. Heroes from past and present are up for grabs, such as the late great Ultimate Warrior and legendary Stone Cold Steve Austin, to current stars like Batista and John Cena.

Winning a match allows two picks from a face down grid of cards. Rare cards can be found as well and even a loss allows one pick. The game is very fair indeed with new cards and the player gets a constant supply of new stuff to see. Like most card battlers, cards can be used on other cards to boost their stats and constantly reshuffling your deck for maximum strength as newer, stronger cards are found is fun.

WWE Supercard has a goofy, but very enjoyable presentation. Matches are pretty funny as cards waddle down the ramp and in the ring they perform actual wrestling moves, like suplexes and piledrivers on each other as one card explodes. The music is nice and intense and the sound is well done.

Some of the game’s stats are bit off though. Because there are different tiers of cards you might end up with an RVD that is slower than a Diva or even someone like Kane or a Wyatt brother with great charisma, even though they are mostly silent heels.

WWE Superstar is a surprise and an enjoyable game. Its odd mix of spandex and cardboard works very well the game is addictive and there are no nasty microtransactions. That’s the bottom line!


Kaizin Rumble Review

Kaizin Rumble Review

Jan 10, 2014

Kaizin Rumble sees the player slip into the heels of a Great Leader, evil women who lead armies of creatures known as Kaizin.

Being evil, the evil empire the player is part of specializes in hunting down and exterminating heroes. From Kick-Ass style guys in red leotards, to actual, bonafiled heroes, Great Leaders travel the world to crush anything that is good.

Screenshot_2013-12-31-06-46-32What this boils down to is a series of strange levels where the player makes their way through each area by spinning a slot machine. Matching symbols causes different events to happen, such as finding money or, most commonly, initiating combat. Combat is a very shallow affair. Attacks are as simple as just tapping on the card to be used and the spinning the slot machine to see what happens.

Most of the game is about collecting a deck of good cards and boosting their stats to make them stronger in battle. New cards are handed out constantly during gameplay and one of two are gained from pretty much any battle.

Screenshot_2013-12-31-06-04-09The card designs are very imaginative, and this is the main draw of Kaizin Rumble. It’s just plain fun to see what alluring or odd creature will be handed over next. You’ll find everything from rocket launcher toting girls to giant robots that have refrigerators embedded in their chests. They rub shoulders with weird cyborgs and demonic children alike.

Besides the amusing card designs, Kaizin Rumble just has too little to its gameplay. An actual story helps pull the player though the single player campaigns, but it is not well told and some wonky translation doesn’t help matters. In the end the game just doesn’t last too long because of the shallow gameplay. Spinning a slot machine and watching things happen can only be compelling for so long. It doesn’t really help that the difficulty of the game is quite uneven. Normal battles are very easy most of the time, and take seconds to finish, while the commonly encountered Nemesis enemies will wipe the floor with your team in short order. The idea is to add friends in the game to help defeat Nemesis, but they show up constantly and are very annoying to defeat, even with help.

Kaizin Rumble looks fantastic. As said above the card designs are the standout, with some excellent art and some really interesting ideas for card design. The other characters such as the cute catgirl that serves as your adviser are well done too. Unfortunately battles are just dull as anything to look at. A few flashes and 90’s era flash animations are all there really is to see during combat. With such interesting card designs it’s a shame we don’t get to see them in combat. The sound is sparse as well. Some bumps and smashes is all there is to hear during battle.

Kaizin Rumble is tough to recommend. It is worth checking out for the neat card designs alone, but the rest of the game doesn’t stand up to prolonged gameplay.

Shadow Era Card Game Creates A Kickstarter

Shadow Era Card Game Creates A Kickstarter

Nov 22, 2013

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Shadow Era is a multi-platform trading cards game, allowing its players to use the same account to play anywhere it’s released, including Android. The game is already interesting, but for its next update, Shattered Fates, it went on Kickstarter, so its fans could vote with their money on making the game even better. It has already collected more than 40% of the required sum, so if you want to help, and get some great rewards, head here: Shadow Era: Shattered Fates Kickstarter. The game itself is here: Shadow Era on Google Play.