Finally, a WWII card game has arrived! KARDS brings back the allure of World War II in video games, with a very clever setup and with cool use of the history of warfare. It also brings a mix of the CCG genre but with its own innovative and unique mechanics, adding new value to the gameplay style while also thriving on the trademark mechanics from the genre. The game is already reeling in very positive reviews and feedback, so let’s dig in.
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Development and reception
The entire studio came together in 2015, over this KARDS project…
KARDS was developed and published by 1939 Games and this is their first and only entry on the gaming market. Adequately named by the year when World War II started, they are a small development studio from Reykjavik, Iceland, and they focus on fusing WWII with gaming. The entire studio came together in 2015, over this KARDS project, but the people working there are veterans in the biz.
The development of this game was funded by various public and private sources and donations, which includes a grant by the government of Iceland, as well as investments from Tencent, Crowberry Capital, and Sisu Game Ventures. It marks perhaps one of the most successful money-raising campaigns in gaming, as they managed to raise $3.6M. And, all that paid off as the game scored nothing but Very Positive reviews ever since early access.
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Staying on the WWII theme all the time, KARDS has it all…
Staying on the WWII theme all the time, KARDS has it all. The artwork, in particular, is genuine to that age, while details like guns, the music, the coloring, and the entire mood of the game are right out of a WWII documentary. The cards are the main source of this, as they bring the artwork of that time in our culture and history, as well as the precise historical data. Other than that, the CCG standard atmospheric elements are all present. The main premise of the game is that the players play a game of cards in a canteen during the actual war.
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It brings several classes, card types, some trademark mechanics, and some new stuff…
Following the standard hallmarks of the collectible card game genre, KARDS brings several classes, card types, some trademark mechanics, and some new stuff. The classes are presented in different decks, and so far there are the Germans, the Soviets, the Brits, USA, Japan, and other factions that participated in the war. This is a strategy game in its essence, while the innovative mechanic it brings to the fold is the Frontline gameplay mechanic.
The frontline cards enable protection of supporting assets on the battlefield, i.e. the table, and this game also factors in range and movement in the rule system, along with other familiar rules form other CCG games popular today. And, on that note, Kards features its card types, which are:
Infantry cards represent light military units, which are often cheaper. Kards also features its resource system, a bit different than what we’re used to. Tank cards are heavily armored and are faster than infantry. Artillery cards represent ranged units, which need protection as they are squishy mostly, but bring high damage to the fold. And, Aircraft cards are very expensive but have the superiority of being able to reach any unit or units, with devastating damage.
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Kards has kept everything along the World War II theme and it is best presented by the visuals and the artwork of the game…
As mentioned, Kards has kept everything along the World War II theme and it is best presented by the visuals and the artwork of the game. The cards themselves feature classical posters and art from that time in our society’s culture, like Communist posters, drawings of war machines, and more. The art style is deliberately made to look like art from that time, while all weapons and war machines are historically accurate and faithfully represented by appropriate in-game value.
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It is a definite must-try for any card game enthusiast or for anyone who is into the history of WWII…
KARDS is a definite must-try for any card game enthusiast or for anyone who is into the history of WWII. The game will take you back to that grim part in our history, while the artwork and the historical facts included in the game may inspire people to want to learn more about the war. It is a clever adaptation of real-life events into a card game, and best of all, it is free-to-play and very positively reviewed all over the web.