Hand draw any weapon, tool, building piece and your own character in this innovative science-fantasy creative survival game. Mine for resources, construct unique buildings and battle fantastical beasts with friends or play alone.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (87) - 68% of the 87 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (376) - 66% of the 376 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 9, 2018

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access is a fantastic opportunity for us to develop CardLife in collaboration with the community. Our game has already been available via our game's website for many months and we've been constantly inspired by the level of support we've received from the community. We regularly canvas our community members for feedback on the game and for future feature ideas. Early Access is the ideal platform for CardLife at its current state in development.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're planning to release the full CardLife experience towards the end of 2019, however this date could change if we increase the game's scope.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We have massive plans to expand the CardLife experience in order to fully deliver our vision and give players the kind of experience they deserve. These features include creature companions, a fully customizable magic system, farming, multi-manned vehicles/mounts, modern day and futuristic technological ages, more weapons and tools, additional environment biomes and lots more. We'll give the community a detailed breakdown of how these features will work before they launch into the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“CardLife is currently in pre-alpha stage of development. This means that we are still adding core features to the game and that you may encounter some bugs while playing. We are committed to updating CardLife every single month and you will have an opportunity to respond to our updates and give us feedback via the forums. In the current version of the CardLife players can explore a giant world, hunt creatures with a variety of different melee weaponry, harvest resources from trees and plants, craft tools, terraform the world, enchant gear and construct elaborate buildings. A very early version of Water is currently in-game and will be populated with underwater creatures and gameplay impacting elements at a later date.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“As we increase the size and scope of the CardLife experience we may alter the game's price in the future for late adopters. All those who purchase the game for whatever price during the game's development will receive all updates to the game (outside of major expansions) for no extra cost. We promise that we will always price the game fairly, taking into account how much content, and we will give the community plenty of warning of an incoming price rise.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“From the first day CardLife was made available we have prided ourselves on having a very close, open relationship with the game's community. We always detail future features coming to the game in order to canvas existing players for feedback and we regularly respond to feedback via the official forums. We do everything we can to not only answer player questions but also ensure that we set fair expectations for what CardLife will eventually become. We invite everyone to be part of this development journey with us as together we can make a truly amazing game.”
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December 14

Dev Blog 100 - New Tools, New Creature, Creators chest and the Like/Dislike System

The Second Phase of Our ‘Creator Tools!

This update continues our creators trend with a new item, the Creators chest. The Creators Chest allows the owner to place items within the chest as a reward, which non owners will be able to claim once every 4hrs.

We hope players take this opportunity to set up some cool content, with a fun reward waiting for players at the end.

Do you Love it, Like it or Dislike it?

This release will introduce a new system into Cardlife, the like or Dislike system!

Players will now be able to vote on structures that have been created by other users by Pressing V (when looking at the structure). Players will then be able to choose between three options, Love, Like or Dislike.

This system gives valuable feedback for all our amazing creators, letting them know that their work is not only visited, but appreciated.

The Chainsaw and the Jackhammer

This release also brings with it the next set of tools for players to collect and use, these are the Jackhammer, which is the next level of Pickaxe, and the Chainsaw, the next level of the Axe.

The Jackhammer will also allow players to collect the next levels of Ore, which are Titanium, Thorium and Meteorite.

New Creature: Torasaurus

A new creature has made its way into the land of cardboard, the Torasaurus!!

This new dinosaur is the Age 1 representative for its species, which rounds off all 4 types of creatures in Age 1. You will be able to find them at the boundary between the beach and the forest.

We need your help!

Cardlife is currently trying to win the 2018 Indie of the year award over at IndieDB, every vote counts and we need our communities support to help us clinch the top spot.

To vote just follow the link: https://www.indiedb.com/groups/2018-indie-of-the-year-awards/top100

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November 30

Dev Blog 99 - New Tools Coming Soon

Hello Founders and Vanguardians,

We hope that many of you have been enjoying the changes of our last update which adds Ion Swords, Droids and improved mining! Of course if you have any feedback do let us know what you think!

Todays Dev Blog focuses on just a couple of tools which will be releasing in the next patch (Which is planned to go live Mid December!)

New Tools
We are introducing two new tools to CardLife.

The first is the Chainsaw, a powerful tree chopping tool!

The Chainsaw cuts twice as fast as hatchets and about 1.5 times faster than choppers! But not only will they be able to cut holes much more quickly, they will also have a much larger cut radius, thus improving the speed at which you can cut down trees.

The second tool that we’re planning to include in the update for Mid December is the Jackhammer.

The Jackhammer mines 50% faster than pickaxes an 33% faster than the drills. The Jackhammers main use is to mine harder ores such as Thorium, Meteorite and Carborundum (Though Carborundum does not have any crafting recipes yet as this is an age 4 metal)

The Jack Hammer can also be used to dig dirt, but it’s not entirely efficient at doing that!

These new tools will require brand new crafting tables to make them. Though we are not yet sure if these new crafting tables will be available for our update in Mid December, So they may temporarily be available with the current crafting tables. We’ll reveal details about the new crafting tables soon!

That’s it for this weeks dev blog! If you have any thoughts or suggestions, get in touch with us by responding to this announcement. Additionally you may want to leave a review on the current development progress for CardLife too, These really help us reach new players and improves the future of CardLife. Thank you everyone for your continued support, Next week we’ll reveal more info on what is coming for the mid December update

All the best,
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“You know the deal: explore; fight; craft; build. It’s a cardboard Minecraft. But what a cute load of cardboard it is! (Preview)”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“... CardLife has some intriguing potential that seems to have created a niche for itself among the swath of sandboxes that confuse “emergent gameplay” with “let people claw at each other on a whim. (Preview)”

“CardLife does happen to be a lot like Minecraft, but I find it infinitely more fun. (Preview)”

About This Game

Explore a unique science fantasy world made entirely out of Cardboard.

Imps and Robots! Dinosaurs and Energy Swords! Cardlife is a creative survival game which allows for multiple genres to collide and embrace the strengths from each genre.

Innovative hand drawn crafting system

Experience full creative freedom with our hand drawn crafting system. Create completely unique weapons, tools and characters. Limitless creativity awaits!

Incredible Community Creations to be discovered on Official Online Servers

Explore a magical Cardboard world alone or play online with friends and encounter complete strangers! Visit epic castles, villages, mazes, statues and other fantastical creations created by other players..

Increase your stats by defeating powerful cardboard creatures

As you journey to the centre of the island, you’ll encounter dangerous creatures looking to make a light snack out of you. As you defeat various enemies they’ll drop souls which you can use to enchant gear and weapons to make your character more powerful. Work your way up to become powerful enough to defeat a terrifying raptor or the Age 2 surface droid.

Vanguard Edition

As a thank you for supporting us during this stage of development you will receive the Vanguard title in game along with two special unique crafting recipes.

  • Light the way with the Vanguard Lamp Post
  • Decorate your building with the Vanguard statue, which is a cardboard recreation of the Vanguard ship from Robocraft.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 64 bit or above
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM) i5 processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660 GTX or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Online connection required to play
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 64 bit or above
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM) i7 processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 1060 GTX 6GB Ram or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Online connection required to play

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