Turn-based strategy meets card game! Outwit your opponent on multiple different battlefields with cunning strategies. Build your own decks made of underworldly minions and powerful spells!
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Mixed (27 reviews) - 59% of the 27 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 13, 2015

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Ancestory offers the deep tactics of turn-based strategy mixed with the fun of card games and deck building. Summon underworldly minions on the battlefield, command them and cast your enemy to oblivion with a wide array of spells. Lead your forces to capture and hold totems spread across the battlefield in order to win! Build your very own decks and form cunning strategies to outwit your opponent.

Find foes through online matchmaking, invite your friends to play or test your skills against an AI. Unlock new cards, content and a steady flow of free content updates. All without microtransactions or free-to-play mechanics!


  • Online Multiplayer - Challenge your friends or engage in battles through matchmaking!
  • Deck Building - Earn new cards and build powerful decks!
  • Multiple Battlefields - Form strategies for each to conquer them all!
  • Free Content Updates - No micro-transactions!
  • Single Player - Practice against an AI!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: Dual-Core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Dedicated GPU - 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: Quad-Core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Dedicated GPU - 2GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
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41 of 52 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
(Thumbs up, but it's a close call)

Ancestory is a turn-based tactical game that utilizes a card system to create the armies/abilities/etc. available to the player (and frustrates me with its spelling every day). My view is a bit mixed in regards to this game - the strong core is there, though I do have a few concerns about the sustainability of the title, especially in terms of expanding content (as should be part of the plan for a game like this)

- Really nice map variance, with a good mix of layouts for capture points, obstructions, etc. (Each of the maps plays notably different)
- Decent graphics (about on par with Forced)
- Solid Gameplay
- Easy to master controls
- Fully unlocked camera (those of you familiar with 3d tactics games will know why I put that there, huge pro there)
- Good Tutorial

- Lack of variety in cards (starting set is less than 50 cards)
- Lacks financial sustainability for future expansions with the "Buy once, free forever" model (I would recommend skins/avatars/etc. as pay unlocks for at least some minor income to allow for additional sets, but I'm just a player, not a creator :P)

Note: There is no single-player campaign to tell the story, I feel this is a flaw, but it may not matter to some people. The "single-player" is random battles vs the AI.

Note: Press is really quiet on this game right now... so I'm not sure what the situation will be with multiplayer on release, but the game itself is fun at its core, just definitely needs more card variety (the map variety is actually fine for release... ).

What it needs in my opinion?
- More Cards
- Single-Player Campaign (or challenge mode)
- A steady source of income for sustained development

I give it a thumbs up because the game itself is solid, though be sure to take the above into account.

If you would like to see the gameplay in action, I did create a video covering the game as well:

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A developer has responded on Oct 14, 2015 @ 6:04am
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
I have to say i really like the game. It's like hearthstone but you get to move the minions around the field and strategies way moore. I like the graphics and i like the whole concept of the game. There is only a couple of things, it's seems like if the other player gets ahead with something like 10 points it's really hard to comeback so the game is basically over at that point. Also it needs more cards, and i do hope they will add some as free DLC or something.
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60 of 96 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 13, 2015
This key was obtained from the developer for the purposes of the review.

Look, the core game does have an interesting element with the use of the shamans as mobile bases and reasons to go after the shamans for the sake of victory. The totems and the movement elements really do play out a chess like strategy back and forth with the opponent. But the interface does have some problems, especially for basics of strategy games that are standard for the genre, and they are standard for a reason. But in the end: the deck building mechanic is what kills it. With only 50 or so cards at this point, the customization that plays out is limited: and that's the bread and butter with card games at their core. They have promised free updates as the game goes along, and that's why this is something that may change my opinion and recommendation as it gets new updates. But as of right now: too little variety in a game that needs it tells me to give it a pass. But like always, check out the footage to see if it's right for you, because there is potential here.

Gameplay Footage and Video Review: https://youtu.be/hKejtAFCGcY


  • The shaman mechanic does change the mechanics of the genre a bit and does work rather well, especially with the addition of victory points for taking the opponents shaman out.
  • Totems and emphasis on movement and board control helps make the game have a good base strategy.
  • Aesthetic works in particular with ethereal themes. Good artwork overall.
  • Use of colors draws natural attention to elements on the card you need to know.

  • Missing content. There's a lack of cards, which unfortunately hurts the game in the long run. When you've got a deck customization, you need to this to have significance. It doesn't.
  • The UI needs work. Unable to see what characters have gone or attacked, and that's a standard in this genre for good reason. Seems really basic to overlook.
  • AI is rather silly at times, and doesn't feel like a challenge.
  • It feels like an overlook to not have lore apart of this, especially with the Shaman aspect of it.
  • Slow experience gain to unlock things, which seemed unnecessary for the amount of unlocks there.
  • Bugs here and there. Will be fixed in time, but crashed once, and ran into critical bug that stopped a game. That second one was identified to be fixed, but things like the UI sound setting not being saved is an example.
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A developer has responded on Oct 14, 2015 @ 4:54am
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2015
I'd like to preface this with something. Though I am the voiceover actor for Simo in Ancestory, I'd still like to write as concise and unbiased of a review as possible.

Ancestory is not perfect. It suffers from a lack of content and a dwindling playerbase straight out the door. But does this mean the game itself isnt worth the money? I'd probably say no.

Taking inspiration from the very best TCG games and mixing it with a Fire Emblem esque grid system, Ancestory is a unique game for sure.

Simple and accessible, perfect to boot up against a friend every now and then. The game itself works with very few hitches, and runs at a snappy 60 FPS. The mix of minions and spells offer decent variety in strategy for the most part. Unfortunately, the overall card count is a tad low, and there are few comback mechanics to keep you invested in the event that your opponet makes a really good couple of plays early on. It's still fun and funtional, and that matters quite a bit.

The music and sound effects get the job done, though they arent anything groundbreaking. The Desert Temple track is one I am particularly fond of though. Voice acting is generally pretty solid overall, with a few standout performances.

The game has a cool neon aesthetic that helps to differentiate teams, and the color coded minions have their own unique flavor because of it. Nothing incredible, but it works.

This is where Ancestory stumbles a bit. The card count is low, and the multiplayer community is very, very small. Until Kajak adds some more features, the game may be on the backburner.

Overall Score:

Ancestory is good, but it's held back by a pretty severe lack of content. Fifteen bucks isnt too bad, and will most likely be worth it once more content is added. If you want to buy Ancestory, know that you may need to come back to it every now and then to see the new content. If you want a cheap, neat little strategy game, I would still reccomend it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Ancestory is a turned based strategy with cards. The tutorial is good and informative. It has decent enough graphics for the genre, controls about how you would expect this type of game to, it has good music and sound effects but nothing special. There are a nice variety of maps, each playing notably different. The problem is that it doesn't have enough of a variety of cards, the multiplayer is dead and the single player AI is just plain stupid. Its a fun game, but its not challenging enough and it gets boring in single player. Sadly the developers have abandoned this game, so it is what it is...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
TLDR; The game is 20% fun, 80% barebone at the moment.

- Solid card battle gameplay.
- PC-adequate graphics.

- Lack of contents: No classes (diversification), No game modes, No progression.
- Due to the reason above, things get repetitive 30 minutes into the game.
- Not anything ground-breaking in terms of mechanics or presentation.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Crashed on me, crashed my friend once, my other friend it froze mid-match, my game froze at launch, all within 30 mins.
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
[Please note that this copy was provided free of cost for review]


Ancestory is a turn based strategy combat game by Kajak Games that includes deck building. You capture and maintain monuments on the map to accrue points to win the matches. Use mana to summon minions from your shaman and to cast various spells. There seems to be a wide variety of cards available. There is also absolutely NO micro-transactions or any free to play mechanics, all of the cards are available to everyone through gameplay! Matches are available in single player campaign and online matchmatching.

The graphics are well made and pleasing to look at. The maps are highly detailed and the entire game has a very polished feel to it. The tutorial adequately explained the interface as well as the gameplay mechanics. The camera can feel a bit jumpy, especially when rotating but it is a very minor issue.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed the gameplay in the video!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I can't recommend this game because it keeps crashing on me. Sometimes stright after me launching it and sometimes after some minutes of play. No problems with other games I play. It may be a good game but it does not let me experience it.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
I love the atmosphere of this game! The game looks so beautiful and the details are nice. Voice acting and BGM are also really good. I would definitely recommend this game if you like deck building and strategic games!
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 10
The gameplay isn't bad, but there is no single player campain, no special missions or game modes, no story, very few cards.. Basically, this game lacks content and there's nothing that makes you wanna keep playing after the 2-3 first games. I cannot recommend.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: December 30, 2015
Such a limited game, very tiny card pool and no factions.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: December 2, 2015
Fun title in short spurts, lacks content however.

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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 23, 2015
I played most of a single multiplayer game with a friend. What I saw was promising and fun.

However, the game crashed and now it cannot be started, After the splash/title screen the game just says "please restart steam" and drops to desktop.

They responded in the steam forums as well as responded to an email I sent. However, nothing has fixed it.

I suspect this is related to multiplayer functionality or some kind of authentication. If you're going for single player, maybe you won't encounter the same issue. But I can't really recommend the game when a crash seems to permanently lock you out of the game. Veryfing cache, deleting appdata, completely reinstalling, nothing has fixed it.

If they resolve the issue soon, I'll come back and edit this review but for now I would strongly discourage purchasing.
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A developer has responded on Oct 26, 2015 @ 8:07am
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1.9 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 21, 2015
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