First Impressions: Graphical style is solid, albeit, not amazing, but - good. Fits the theme, and makes me think very much of Penny Arcade in the drawing style, which is a positve.
Then, oh my, the game itself. It's a little... weird. I've never really played these kind of things online, but having been a huge M:TG fan way way back when, it's definately got a good spin on the idea. I dislike the idea of having such a limited pool of cards to play with. I can totally understand limiting the selection of cards so you have to have at least 20, but so far (and I don't know if this changes during the game later on) you're stuck with just twenty, and that's not a positive. We've all these wonderful combinations that we just can't do due to limited deck size. That's one major downside to the deck building aspect, but such is life - and it's not terrible, just would have preferred more wiggle room in that department.
In terms of strategy, seems quite simple, until you try and achieve some of the challenges - which make luck/rush a bit more of a factor, but they're fun to go for. Although there are times I wish I could freeze my cards from cycling, again, because of rng. But I do enjoy the timed aspects of the turn based system, making it simulataneous makes a huge difference to how it feels, and makes it much more actiony.
I can definately see me letting my boy play this, as he loves Pokemon et all, and this seems a little more grown-up in terms of game, but he's starting to get into them.
Cons:- It's random past your deckbuilding. If you're not a player of those type of games, this might frustrate you.
- Some of the starts you get, where you're outmatched immediately are frustrating, especially with random luck.
- It's a little simplistic. Doesn't have some of the same depth you may be used to if you're familiar to the format.
- While I've not played the game to death yet, although I can see myself enjoying this later on, I suspect it will feel very samey aftera while.
Pros:- It's cheap and while there's DLC, it doesn't have the spend spend spend attitude of many of the trading card style of games.
- If you enjoy tcg's, then you'll find the game quite intuitive, apart from the turns flying by if you're a "muller over of things".
- Graphics are nice, and the story so far seems interesting and for what few words there are, well written.
- Easy to get into, just from a short play time, I can see myself getting into this a lot more.
Simple, cheap and quite a lot of fun. Can't go wrong with steam powered mecha.