Guardians of Graxia takes on the form of a card-based board game set in a floating island environment high in the sky of the Graxia world. Releasing with four powerful Guardians that will guide your armies into battle, charge onto the battlefield by laying out your forces strategically.
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Mostly Negative (139 reviews) - 38% of the 139 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 10, 2010

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Guardians of Graxia takes on the form of a card-based board game set in a floating island environment high in the sky of the Graxia world. Releasing with four powerful Guardians that will guide your armies into battle, charge onto the battlefield by laying out your forces strategically. Gameplay advances in turns by selecting new unit and spell cards to place and move on the tiled map surface. Win by completing any of the numerous skirmishes, or by defeating Draknal Trueblood in the game's initial campaign!
The floating continents are filled with the cities and dens of dozens of magical races, including Dragons, Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, Humans, and many others. Guardians are the only ones able to create magical portals which are the sole means to cross from one drifting continent to another. The various creatures are constantly at war with each other through using their Guardians and armies via the portals. Use these portals to transport your armies and conquer the land found on the other side!

Key features:

  • Combines the best of a card game and board game in a PC format.
  • Dynamic gameplay using cards and map tiles in a floating continent environment.
  • Single-player skirmish and campaign modes available.
  • Highly replayable with over 240 Unit and Spell Cards.
  • Game card creatures include: Dragon, Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, Humans, Orcs, Skeletons, Wisps, Wraiths and many more!
  • Guardians are represented in the game as primary player units that command your armies into battle!
  • Built to be expanded with additional map packs and other content updates.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512MB (1GB for Vista)
    • Graphics: Shader 2.0, 256 MB
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB
    • Sound: Direct 3D
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
The game doesn't work any more.. Don't buy it!
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72 of 80 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
Some interesting concepts here but it doesn't come together for a fun experience. The campaign is very short, the card mechanics are too reliant on sacrificing cards to boost your creatures, no deck building and the scenarios are always stacked against you. That second item (saccing cards) really ruined the game for me. I have no problem with playing cards to give you bonuses but what you are doing here is not casting a spell. You just discard it and your creature gets a bonus. Many, many battles are won by who can sacrifice the most. Not fun at all. With some tweaking this could have been a good game but it falls short. You are better off spending your time and money elsewhere in my opinion.
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78 of 92 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game feels overly complicated. While that alone isn't bad, the player is often left in the dark or cannot comprehend how certain actions and numbers are calculated. Everything feels like pure chance way too often. And I haven't found any ingame help or manual that explains the underlying structure of the number crunching. You just cannot play a strategy "card" game, if you do not have the means to successfully develop a strategy with the things you are given.
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
This looked fun on paper, so I rolled the dice on this game... and started regretting it about an hour after. Each stage in this game drags out for what it seems like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ eternity, models and animations are plain ugly, the outcome of battles is overly dependant on the luck of the draw and thus AI tends to gain unfair advantage here and there, all resulting in a really frustrating and daunting gameplay. Zero strategy, no deck builder, not fun. No multiplayer, no replay value, no involvement with the story either (was there even one? I cannot remember).

I suppose you could buy it when it's on sale if you're crazy about card games like me. I really like the concept but this game simply fails at too many aspects to be worth its current price.
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 6, 2014
Genre - Strategy Fantasy turn based card game.
This game looks exactly like a game I would like. Unfortunately it dissapoints for two major reasons:
1) The game plays too slow Zzzzzzzzzz
2) The AI seems over powered on most levels HELP!
With a bit more play testing and balance this game could have been fun as there are some interesting concepts included that were fairly original at the time. Instead it just feels like an un-rewarding chore.
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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Game is ok, lack of customizing, hurt the game. The developers didn't really support the game taking over a year to fix a simple bug and never adding in the features they said they would.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
Guardians of Graxia is an innovative strategy card game that offers a detailed tactical challenge on a battle map, combined with the random element of card draws. The strategy is quite deep and not immediately obvious. You can't expect to jump in and play it well without first learning how the game works. Once you understand the mechanics though, it's easy enough to play, but not so easy to win! This is a hard game, which might put some people off, but for those that love a hard challenge, it can be very rewarding.

I must admit, when I read the other reviews, I was shocked to see so many negative comments, which is why I felt compelled to add this review of my own. Looking at those reviews, I noticed that many of them were by people who haven't put many hours into the game. Since it takes quite a while to master, I suspect that a lot of the negativity came from not playing it long enough to figure out the best strategies.

I'd like to address some of the points made in other reviews:

Overly complicated - Yes, it seems that way at first, there is a bit of a learning curve involved, but it's not that hard once you get used to it. The in-game help tells you all you need to know, you just need to take the trouble to read it. As for "ridiculously complicated" units with many different abilities, that's a good thing. It creates a lot of variety in the game, making the strategy more complex and interesting.

Trouble Man said that the game doesn't explain the number crunching, but it does. When in battle, there's a small arrow underneath Projected Health. Click this and it shows you the Damage Calculations. All the modifiers are listed to help you understand exactly what's going on in the battle.

Luck not Strategy - Not true! Sure, there's a lot of luck in which cards you draw, but hey, it's a card game, that's kind of the whole point! But once you've drawn your cards, what you do with them is pure strategy. There's nothing random in the combat calculations, it depends entirely on which cards are played. Of course, you don't know what cards the computer will play during the battles, but that's not luck, it's making strategic choices based on the cards it has available.

Just as the computer can ruin your attack by playing a powerful card, you can do exactly the same if you have one. Choosing which cards to play and which to save until later is a big part of the strategy. Tip: make feint attacks with unimportant units to force the computer to waste valuable cards, then make your important attacks with your best cards later, once the computer is out of good cards to defend with.

Another important aspect of the strategy are terrain effects and unit special abilities. Place units on tiles they gain an advantage on, not on ones that give them a disadvantage. Surround enemy units to gain support advantages. Capture many tiles quickly to increase your mana generation. There's loads of strategic possibilities on the battlefield.

Hard AI, scenarios stacked against you - This is true. It's not an easy game, but if it were then it wouldn't be much of a challenge. It's a pity there aren't more easy scenarios or different difficulty levels to make it easier for new players, but that's just the way it is. It may seem daunting at first, but it gets easier once you figure out the best strategies. People often criticise the AI for being too easy in many games, so it makes a nice change that this AI offers a hard challenge. If that scares you, then don't buy it, but if you love a hard strategical challenge, this may be for you.

Turn limits - Some people don't like this, but again, it's all part of the challenge. If you had unlimited turns it would make the game too easy. You'd just grab most of the tiles, get most of the mana and simply out-produce the AI. Besides, many people complain about the slow turns, so do you really want the game to go on for even longer?

Slow Turns - True, this can be annoying. I wish there were a way of speeding them up. But it's not the end of the world. You can always watch TV or do something else while the AI is taking its turn, or check your Facebook page, or whatever...

Story? What story? This is a strategy game! Who cares about story! :-)

Some reviewers compared the game to Magic the Gathering. Why? Because it's a fantasy game and it has cards? As I see it, this game is nothing like MtG, the game mechanics are completely different. IMO, this is more of a turn based strategy game than a card game. If MtG is what you are expecting, think again.

Saint Killjoy said "don't ignore the bad reviews, they were given for a reason" - That sounds fair enough, but I suspect that the two main reasons for the bad reviews are:

1. Having the wrong expectations about the game - perhaps thinking it will be like MtG, or thinking it will be easy because it's a card game. Don't buy it based on what you think or hope it will be like, buy it based on what it is. Check out some YouTube videos first.

2. Not playing it for long enough to figure out the best strategies. Yes it's hard, but you shouldn't give up too easily or pass judgement too soon. Good strategy games often take a long time to master.

My advice would be this: Make up your own mind about this game based on the kind of games that YOU like to play, not on the opinions of others who often have different tastes in games.

I'm not saying that everyone should like and buy this game. I'm sure that there are many people who would hate it. But for those that enjoy challenging turn based strategy against a hard AI, with some card based randomness thrown in, I highly recommend it. Just be sure that you know what you're letting yourself in for.

For the current sale price, it's a no brainer IMO. And even if you don't like it, you won't have lost much. But if you do buy it, make sure to buy both DLCs as well. There are only 9 maps in the base game. The DLCs add another 16 maps (some of which generate random terrain) and two more guardians, providing a lot more replayability.

To sum up:

Challenging and deep turn based strategy.
Huge variety of special abilities.
Card based randomness ensures that every game is different.
Battles are quite hard.

Gameplay seems a bit complex at first.
It takes a while to figure out the best strategies.
Slow AI turns.
Battles are quite hard.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
Play this game if you want to go up against hard to impossible odds in single player and prefer luck over strategy to get wins in multiplayer. Nothing quite like setting up a big attack only to find out that your opponent god-drawed a card to disable all support effects, or crippling the opposing hero and getting to watch as he gets healed four times in a single turn.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Inexpensive DLCs
Great concept
Low system specs
Good replayablitiy
Deep strategy

Overdifficult - unbalanced AI
Slow AI turns

Steep learning curve

5/10 +2 demo +1 replayablity +1 concept -1 unbalanced -1 SLOOOOOOOOOW AI -1 steep learning curve = 6/10

Grab the demo
Get good at the game
If you like it buy it on sale
Grab the DLC
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
There is a grocery store near me. It is probably one of the few sanctuaries of old fashioned small town American thought left in existence and I mean that as both a positive and a negative. The store hires 70% local kids, makes them all be cleanly shaven, wear suit shirts and has a strict no smoking policy. The store isn't open on sundays, the baggers carry your groceries to your car for you. Visiting the store is like entering a time machine.
At the exit to the store is a small gumball machine. For 25 cents you get one gumball. The thing is the machine is broken. It will 9 times out of 10 give you 2 gumballs. I bought this game on an extreme sale for 25 cents. If that gumball machine only ever gave out one gumball instead of 2 I would recomend the game over the gumball machine. As it is I get more long lasting enjoyment out of 2 gumballs than I have out of this game.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
its a really good game to be honest i dont see what all the hate is about
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gg unit
18.1 hrs
Posted: August 10
This game isn't AWFUL. It just isn't really worth buying. Keep the clutter out your steam library.

I gave it 20 hours, my #1 memory? Waiting for the AI and for animations.

There are some great ideas here but the game itself is just lackluster at best.

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7.4 hrs
Posted: July 10
Painfully slow.
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14.7 hrs
Posted: February 18
this game is honestly kinda interesting, units do some variety of spells and stuff, its fun to play, but honestly it has way too many flaws, in a card game u cant build ur own deck, the game like many other ppl said is way too hard, the AI always has tons of op cards spreaded around the map etc, ive passed 4 of the 5 campaign missions, the last one ive tried 3 times and gave up after the game bugged for 2 times on a random turn. Tried on a normal skirmish map to see if it was any different, 1st map i play game bugs again when i attacked 1 guy...
Also the lack in cards is bad and it gets too repetitive after a while especially cuz the learning curve of this game is not soft and always gets way more complicated than normal form mission to mission, i honestly cant recommend this game, sorry.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: January 13
The game has potenial. I have been gaming for about 20 years +. This is a strategy card game but feels overly complicated and is very slow game play. It can kill time and add a mix to your collection, but ill stick with MTG and other cards games. 2/10 (no game is perfect).
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0.3 hrs
Posted: December 27, 2015
Not for me, although it should be.
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136.7 hrs
Posted: December 1, 2015
I don't know why all the hate and downvote for this game. Its one of the first game I bought on Steam and its really great! I love TCGs and Guardian of Graxia is no exception. I even bought the "real life" board game version. Its a hell lot of fun. People seem to complain the AI is OP but honestly, you just gotta learn the game. Its not difficult, learn to position your units by making them walk over as many tiles as possible so you gain a maximum amount of mana each turn. As for card discard, this is tactic. Send weak units first to make AI discard cards (your unit will die but who cares), then send the unit you want to become strong and discard lot of card. I used to play this game all the time and now im starting to play it again
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0.1 hrs
Posted: November 25, 2015
Terrible. Not worth any price.
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