This role-playing game, set in an alternate medieval Europe, combines poker mechanics with power ups and collectible cards.
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Mostly Positive (293 reviews) - 76% of the 293 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 20, 2011

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Runespell: Overture is a role-playing game combining poker mechanics with power ups and collectable cards. The world is set in an alternate medieval Europe linking historical characters with Norse mythology and sagas. The player takes on the role of the Changeling, the son of a monster god, in search of his nemesis.

Key Features:

  • Innovative mythic poker system using poker mechanics to battle your opponents
  • Unlock power ups and special attacks available as collectable cards in the game
  • Combine your skills in short bursts of active play or long sessions of questing and battles
  • Defeat more than 30 monsters types each with a unique card set and attack style
  • Defeat enemies and make them your pets or allies
  • Unlock new battle locations through questing
  • Mix of beautiful hand painted backdrops and evocative 3D characters
  • A compelling and original story set in an alternate medieval Europe
  • Local and online leaderboard
  • 20 Steam Achievements

The game is available on PC and iPad

System Requirements

    • OS: XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 350 MB
    • Video Card: 256 MB Shader Model 2.0 (Geforce 6 series, Radeon X1000 series)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
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Mostly Positive (293 reviews)
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( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
I feel that this would've been more fun if the spells and abilities were more than just "do damage", also as the game progresses your sole upgrade is more HP/MP, without any increases in damage potential, so battles at the end just end up being a long slugfest.
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The Guardian ♛
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
RPG with poker mechanics
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( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
This game is not bad. It does not anger me, disappoint me, or rub me the wrong way. It's just kinda there. The game plays like a cross between poker and solitaire. You see your stacks of cards (top card only per stack, like in solitaire), and you see the same for your opponent. You move cards around like in solitaire, stacking them on other cards, except you're trying to make combinations of five cards, which can be poker combos like flushes, straights, etc. You then use those to attack your enemy, and vice versa. You have bonus card thingies on the side of your screen that you can use to attack when you build up enough rage.

It's an okay premise, but it doesn't really seem to change and the story is just okay. It's one of the least compelling games I've played. I have nothing against this game, which is really saying something. I typically love or hate a game, but this one is just kinda meh. I wouldn't recomment paying more than a Steam sale price, by any means, but I'd recommend you play the demo if you're interested. The gameplay you experience in 20-30 minutes of that is pretty much the entirety of the gameplay from what I've seen thus far. It's not very exciting or interesting, and nothing draws me in to make me want to keep playing. It's an okay game, but that's it.
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sir Evans
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Runespell: Overture - Solid 7/10
Looks like a port from Mobile, but plays well enough to let you enjoy it. Good graphics, bad sound, decent gameplay idea.

Graphics: 8/10
Game appears behaving like a typical mobile title, with big icons, colourful sprites, single click interface.
This is rather small title, so not much can be expected - but it does not disapoint anywhere.

Sound: 5/10
Absolutelly atrocious music, unfit for a title, where you need to pause for a while and think about your choices.
Sound effects are average to say at best, nothing that will make a lasting impact or increase immersion. Could be worse.

Storyline: 7/10
There is a story line, suprisingly, quite decent one. There seem to be no nonsense in story arcs, characters do all fit the setting.
Unfortunatelly dialogues are absolutelly atrocious. You have a medieval world full of legends with dialogues using words from modern teenagers dictionary.
Unpolished dialogue lines are possibly the greatest issue I had while playing that game (after I turned off the music).

Gameplay: 7/10
There are issues with a screen display and game settings not being saved correctly.
This is quite visible, because the game is best played in 30m to 1h bursts rater than as single continuous experience.
And the experience is sometimes uneven.

This game features poker-like mechanism of matching cards in 5 sets of poker type hands to perform 'attacks' that damage health of your opponens. This is as fun as it sounds, but wait, there is more!
You can steal cards from your opponent hand, you have runecards (effectively magic, limited use), companion cards (unlimited use), passive cards that increase your stats.
This extra layer of cards is put separate from your regular playing cards that you match during a duel.

This is as cool as it sounds, however the single duel can take a long time and its outcome is quite often random - as the card you get are randomized - which means that in 30m of gameplay you will have 3 to 5 duels (five being lucky) and some story line.
Past that it is really repetitive and that is why playing this game in short sessions is recommended.

Solid 7/10, recommend buy if a fan of a genre, wait for sale if not.
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Criminal Chris
( 27.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Poker meets Solitare - suprisingly shallow puzzle adventure, but if your into poker, you probably can't beat it for the price..
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( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Cannot change volume
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( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
See the hours I've played? Yup, finished, done, a few achievements if I really cared, but I don't.
So was it worth the price of entry? Yeah I guess. At it's heart it's a pretty simple game with an interesting and simple battle mechanic.
The developers do a good job of dressing it up and making it feel like there's more to it, but there's only so much that can be done to make what's really more of a browser or mobile game seem more substantial.
The games saving grace and why I give it a tentative recommendation is the battle system. Over all it's not bad, not bad at all. But once you figure out the optimal strategies it becomes a matter of making sure you've grinded enough to charge your "spell" cards and your pretty much golden.
With a multi-player option this would be a total recommendation, as it is buy if the battle mechanic interests you, if not give it a pass.
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( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
surprisingly nice cards game using poker mechanics. had few hours of fun with it. they just released it on iOS, too.
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Slappy 🐮🔪
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
First game on steam, incredibly boring.
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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
I've played deeper mobile games. It plays like one of those touch screen dive bar games.

I'm a big fan of the weird RPG-Poker niche subgenre of games so I was pretty excited about this, but it lets down in every way possible.

This game is basically just a battle system, there is very little connecting fight to fight. Simplistic map and boringly presented text and portrait story. That would be fine if the battle system had anything going on... but it doesn't.

The battle system has an interesting idea buried in it, but nothing is done with it. All the magic in the game is just *DO X-Y Damage* *Block X points of Nature Damage* There is no cards for board or number or hand manipulation. This makes collecting cards seem pointless because none of them actually change your play style. The way you play your first battle is how you play your last. There is also zero consequences for death so battles have no tension.

As for the RPG mechanics... well there aren't really any. Your HP and MP go up at set story points and I guess you can choose to cast a spell that does X points fire damage or X points nature damage, but there is so little reason to bother I can't see why you would.

Story is okay, I guess, soundtrack is decent, but I can't imagine that being enough to get you through this mindless slog. If you ever thought "I wish I had to click through a bunch of text between Freecell games" then this might be for you.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 20

In a dark medieval world where danger lurks around every corner, the only way to survive is to play Poker! FOR YOUR LIFE!

Long story short, if you liked Puzzle Quest, but wanted to play it by building poker hands instead this game is for you.
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( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
Fun game. However, needs a few things to be really enjoyable.

1. Autosaving. This game has NO autosaving. I found this out when I closed the game and reloaded, only to find I had no save data available. There were three hours of work.
2. When I stack together a straight flush or a royal flush and hit my opponent, the game really ought to have some cool super attack special or something. I felt miffed when I got royal flushes time and again, hitting for a whopping 50 damage, and it was the same piddly animation as always.

That being said, it's a fun Solitaire+Poker+RPG, and I rate it a solid 9/10.
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=[OG]=Formy Zee
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8 one of those games I'd pay good money to have on my tablet.
I love the mix..rpg+poker = can't loose
Have nothing bad to say about it at all..well besides that it's not on my tablet ;)
Soooo Devs!..take this old gem and turn it into an app in the store pls..we wantss it..preciousss

Seriously, it's a nice game worth the money, pick it up if you like poker with a twist.

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( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Grate game to help past time
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( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Nice twist on poker. I liked it
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
RPG with poker mechanics.
I hate poker.

Why not rummy mechanics?
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( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
Sorta easy to follow uncomplex card game with a pretty unsatisfying combat mechanic. I enjoyed it to start with and it quickly got boring.,
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( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 17, 2015
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
RPG with poker mechanics
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
I feel that this would've been more fun if the spells and abilities were more than just "do damage", also as the game progresses your sole upgrade is more HP/MP, without any increases in damage potential, so battles at the end just end up being a long slugfest.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Poker meets Solitare - suprisingly shallow puzzle adventure, but if your into poker, you probably can't beat it for the price..
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Take one part Faerie Solitaire and two parts Puzzle Quest and mix in a little Poker or Yahtzee for good measure and you will get something like Runespell: Overture.

You're a changeling of some sort and you fight monsters and take quests in exchange for coin and buffs (which come in the form of power-up cards). There's a story but it's not the strongest element in the game. Like the Puzzle Quest games, your battles are determined by playing a mini-game. Instead of match-3 though, the game is a card game similar to poker in which making certain combinations of cards (pairs, 5 of a kind, full house, flush, straight) will do a certain amount of damage to your opponent, who is trying to do the same to you. The ability to steal some cards from your opponent, plus the limited number of moves you get per turn to move cards or play power-ups adds just enough strategy to the game to keep it interesting.

Admittedly, the game can get a bit repetitive after a while and I found the dialogue options to be a bit tedious but fortunately the game allows you to skip them if you want. It's an easy game to learn, and it's an entertaining casual game to play. It seems to be pretty short and the achievements don't seem too difficult to collect if that's your thing.

Finding little gems like this is the reason I buy bundles.
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40 of 53 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Why don't they make more games like this?!

Simple card playing mechanic that's fun and addicting. Then you have a vaguely interesting storyline that your character has to make his way through.

If you like Puzzle Quest (1st one), you'll love this game!

Seriously, they need more games like this!
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
Runespell: Overture melds together classic RPG components with Windows Live's player-vs-player solitaire with poker. I obtained Runespell for free in a pile of coal during the Steam Holiday Sale 2011 event. Receiving the game for free, I simply assumed that Runespell was merely a terrible, no-name title that was not worth playing. It was not until the Summer 2013 that I truly realized what I had come across.

Runespell sports a great soundtrack with honestly a decent storyline. Often times, card games that try to incorporate RPG elements (or just a storyline) end up drowning out the added components with the basic mechanics the card game - Runespell does not do this. If you are a cards-only enthusiast, this may stray a little too far from those roots; if you are an RPG-only enthusaist, this may feel more like a card game. However, if you are willing try a game that can have both, Runespell: Overture is for you.

Verdict: While Runespell: Overture is far from a lump of coal turned into a diamond, but it is definitely a gem. Simply put, Runespell is a fun, player-vs-computer, RPG, solitaire, poker game - and it is done very well. The game is so enjoyable that I honestly look forward to a remake or sequel that would incorporated online cooperative and competitive gameplay features. While it is definitely not worth $10, the current sale of $2 at the time of this review is definitely worth looking into. Here you will find a game that successfully feels like an RPG, while feeling like a card game.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
The core concept of this game is essentially solitare poker againt the AI. Matching varying combinations of cards will inflict damage against the AI (and AI to you). The damage will increase the better the combiation, from two of a kind to a royal flush. The game mixes things up by adding in spell cards which can be used to inflict status effects, heal, do elemental damage, etc. The additions of the spell cards keeps the battle fresh as certain enemies require specific cards to counter their abilities. Overall, this game is average to above-average. I recommend a purchase of this game during a sale.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
Runespell Overture (Card/Poker/RPG/Strategy Hybrid)

For options we have Graphics Quality (Fastest, Fast, Simple, Good, Beautiful, and Fantastic), Windowed or Fullscreen, Drag and Drop or Click and Click (when moving cards around), and Sounds (Music and SFX). You can also choose a screen resolution anywhere from 640x480 to 1920x1080.

The tutorial is very well-done, teaching you the ropes without being annoying.

So what kind of game is this? It looks like an RPG that you play with cards, but that's not it at all. The primary thrust is actually a solitaire game... It's battle-solitaire-poker with RPG elements! *evil grin* Whee~!

How does that work? Looking at the screenshots will help a bit. As you can see, we and our opponent are each dealt a set of cards, solitaire-style. Ours is on top, theirs is on the bottom. We need to create poker hands by grouping cards in sets of five. If you don't know the poker hands, no worries -- the game will show you what groupings are "legal" to play. Each "hand" will deliver a certain amount of damage, depending on the cards you've chosen. For instance, a pair of cards (the other three cards in the group would be non-related) will deliver less damage than a flush.

In each round, you have three moves, and then your opponent gets three moves.

But wait, there's more!

You can steal your opponent's cards, and vice versa! If you grab a card from his area (or the other way around,) the card underneath does NOT flip over until it becomes his turn, but whenever you clear a pile on your side, you can immediately have access to whatever card is next in the pile (assuming that it's still your turn.) You CAN'T grab more than a single card from each others' piles -- if something is stacked on the other side (grouped,) it's off-limits to you. You can of course move multiple, grouped cards around on your own side.

Here's an example of how it might work:

You already have three Kings grouped, and take a fourth King to add to the pile, then grab a King from your enemy's cards to make five-of-a-kind (yes, unlike real poker, you can have five of the same card.) You use your third turn to select the five kings and deal damage.

This is where the strategy comes in. Now that it's too late and you've used all of your turns, you see your adversary grab that Jack of Hearts from your cards to complete a Royal Flush! EEEK~!!

Here's what you could have done to prevent it and still get your five Kings:

Forget about your three Kings for right now, grab his king, and place it on your single King, making a pair. Grab the Jack of Hearts and put it on top of another card -- ANY other card! It's better if you can do something with it, of course, but the point is to keep that card AWAY from your opponent. Now you can do one of two things: Do something beneficial (like moving a card to help yourself and/or hurt his progress) or you can move the pair of Kings on top of the three-of-a-kind, and make your attack in an upcoming round.

But wait, there's more!

Along the way we earn (via battles) and find special-use cards that can do anything from give you extra moves before your turn is over to poisoning to shielding yourself, to adding to your hit points, and more! You can only have a certain number of cards with you at the time of each battle, and (most of) the cards have finite-uses. When they run out uses, you can use the money you earn to recharge the cards.

Be sure to SAVE before each battle! You can abandon your progress if you wish -- it's an option to exit or go back to the main menu without saving.

There a bit more to it than that, including a storyline, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. ;)

This game was a huge surprise to me -- I never expected it to be so fun and addictive! A definite thumbs-up from me!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
Runespell: Overture is a decent and enjoyable game. The story plays out as a fantasy adventure, your character being oblivious to his past and must do battles with numerous foes to advance, making allies and doing quests along the way.

The game play is somewhat unique, using a combination of battle and magic cards to attack your foe. One earns points by creating sets of 5 traditional cards (ace-king: hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs), using rules akin to poker, ie (pairs, 3 or 4 of a kind, straights, flushes, full house etc.). Better hands are worth more attack points (eg. full house > 2 pair). Cards are laid out in columns of which the top card can be taken to make a set, including your opponent's. Meaning strategy is important in order to create the best possible hands while trying to prevent the opponent from doing the same.

The game is simple to play once you know the rules, and can be a good way to spend half an hour or so. Battles can be hard at times but with perseverance the game is not too difficult to beat, I finished it with about 9 hours of game play. I would enjoy a sequel to continue the story as it did seem unfinished at the conclusion. At a discount price the game is worth a shot, if you like card and/or poker-like games. 6.5/10
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
If you like casual games and you like an RPG style twist, then this little game was executed very well. The concept of using a standard card game as a fighting system works very well actually. Solid little game, I like it quite well!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2015
The core combat of making poker hands to fight enemies is pretty fun. The game is very shallow and has a very lackluster story with choices that impact absolutely nothing.

Get it on a sale or from a bundle.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
If you enjoy "poker mechanics" you'll love it !
Would be 10/10 if multiplayer mode was available, sadly you can just face CPU
Overall a good & balanced card game
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
As a fan of poker and Rpgs i thought this would be a pretty interersting and fun game....i was half right

It seems well enough when you begin. You try to get a combintaion of 5 cards, the attack power being determined on how well it corrosponds to to the poker hierarchy and try to wittle down you're opponents hp. simple enough.

You are introduced to spells shortly after, assuming this is where the tactics come in.....well not really.

The main problem with this game is that it is barely like poker at all and barely an RPG. The attack points could be determined by...pretty much anything else..infact it might benifit from this as what happens 90% is you and even the A.I end up making as many pairs and then full house's as you can with usually lower damage if you try anything else in addition to being harder to achieve. There almost no point in making a higher hand than you're opponent as all it does is take off slightly more hp...i mean ♥♥♥♥ i some what assumed that it might nullify one of his hands....or know kinda like POKER.

The spells offer SOME varity and tactics but not much, the cost vs reward of most spells make them mostly interchangeable.....its kinda amazing actually how there could be so much varity and yet so little.

Overall the only people i can recommend this game to is to someone who wants a simple card game that has some odd and fairly unique mechanics..........but mostly it is a dissapointment and wasted potiental.
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I got this as part of a bundle and really tried to make it work for me, but it was hard to escape the 'solitare with animations' feeling I got from the game. I'm sure a greater enthusiast for card games will find something they like in here, but I could not recommend it to a general audience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2015
My only wish is that Mystic comes out with a sequel...and soon. I loved this game even though there was a lot of negative reviews...which only goes to prove that everyone has different tastes in games. I played this game several times and loved it each time for something new that I would discover.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Make sure you like the core poker-styled game mechanic before you buy because that (and the nice presentation) carry the game. If you like the gameplay, this would be a good game for you. If you're unsure or not especially enthused, there are other games that might suit you better.

Took me a couple of tries to finish the game; I stopped playing and restarted a couple times because I got bored with the game mechanic or early grinding for silver.

Not a very long game once you learn how to properly win games. The story is really like a prelude to the 'real story' which is never revealed. The ending is pretty lackluster. As far as I can tell, there is no reason to Continue+ (for achievements, it's better to just not do the last stage so don't have to unlock all the map again).

Almost all allies are either impractical or unnecessary. Hrodbrokk is a pretty good source of damage for the RP/AP it takes; Brin is usually a waste of a turn because you should be better off moving cards around for bigger damage and using the RP elsewhere.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
Think Puzzle Quest, but instead of match 3 you play poker solitaire to fight your enemies.

It's fun if you're into this kind of thing. The story is cliched but well-written: I appreciate characters with a sense of cynicism. The art and sound are nice. Tutorials can be skipped when you replay the game.

Downsides: Mystic Box appears to fallen off the face of the earth. Technical settings do not save when you quit the game; I constantly have to hit Alt+Enter to resize my window and re-pick "click and click" (dragging is a pain) when the game starts up

Overall, I enjoy this game. I use this game to kill time or relax: it's not as mindless as a match 3 and it's a fun twist on the premise. I don't expect it to do much more than that.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
47.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
Fun card dueling game. Uses traditional poker cards / hands, along with special abilities. There's not a whole lot to it, but the gameplay is mildly entertaining. The story isn't very good, but I'll still recommend it if you can find it on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2015
This game combines card collecting, poker, solitaire, rpg and more. I hope they make a part 2. Very fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
- Core concept
- Like puzzle quest, but the gameplay is simple, not overcomplicated (there is no sword and other magic artifacts)
- Fun gameplay

- Not to deep game mechanics
- Not to long campaign
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