Publisert: 17. mars
SolForge may seem like just another online card game but there's more here than meets the eye, with apologies to Optimus Prime and his cohorts.
These days, the online TCG market doesn't offer much elbow room, with competing products all over the place, the most notorious of which is the 800-lb gorilla called "Hearthstone." I'm happy to say that SolForge doesn't really compete with Blizzard red-hot card game in quite the same arena - SolForge has far more gameplay depth and a much more clever design while still offering very easy-to-learn rules and a similar level of accessibility to what Hearthstone provides. It's this combination of depth with simplicity that puts it above its chief competitor, in my opinion. Also, much like Hearthstone, SolForge doesn't offer card-play opportunities during your opponent's turn and this is the main way that complexity is kept at a reasonable level during play.
Yes, the usual elements are all there - excellent card art, a clever gameplay twist (cards level up as you play them, becoming more powerful over time), and a solid back-end system to help players want to play just one more game as they strive to collect full sets of cards. That's where SolForge shines compared to even Blizzard's generous card game - it has - bar none - the most generous free-2-play model I've seen yet. All players have to do is log in once each day to get Silver and booster packs while winning your first game and then another 2 games (easily done against the weakest level of AI) grants players even more rewards (Event tickets and more silver & booster packs). The community, also, is one of the best I've seen online - very friendly, helpful, and generous even.
There are a few blemishes on what is otherwise a top-notch online TCG experience. The PC version's UI is still somewhat clunky, not going full-screen nor offering many modern UI elements and features. For example, I can't push the game up into high-res graphics despite owning a very nice partial-4K monitor. Still, SBE claims that it's in the pipeline to be fixed and I have little reason to doubt them at this point. Sound is basic but acceptable and the game's 4 factions all seem unique and balanced among themselves. Players can choose from Uterra (Big creatures of nature, Buff Spells), Nekrium (undead and kill spells), Tempys (Aggressive creatures and fiery damage spells), and finally, Alloyin (the control faction composed of robots and cards that level up other cards). New sets have been coming out fairly reguarly and nothing has really broken the game, yet, and if something did, the Devs are very quick to jump on the issues, so I'm not terribly concerned about that issue.
I'd rate this a hearty 9 out of 10 if you love card games and a 7.9 out of 10 otherwise. Highly recommended and a great value for the cost (which is free)!