Are you addicted to Hearthstone? Blizzard’s collectible card game exceeded all expectations, but then again, Blizzard has always been known for putting out quality games. Hearthstone manages to combine an easy-to-understand ruleset with subtle tactics that create a strategy game with surprising depth. But for those looking to move beyond Hearthstone, there are plenty of great battle card games available from the app store.
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
Ascension is a rather interesting twist on the deck-building aspects of collectible card games. Rather than earn new cards between games, you purchase cards within the game. This is done by playing cards that give you runes, which you can then use to purchase new cards. But victory is ultimately determined by the player with the most honor, and honor is acquired through killing monsters. So you’ll have to balance your desire to buy new cards by playing cards that give you power, which you can then use to kill monsters and gain that precious honor.
It’s a fun mix that plays out in part like a board game and in part like a card game. If you love the card-playing aspects of Hearthstone but want something a bit different, Ascension is a great choice.
Lords of Waterdeep
While Ascension has some aspects of a board mixed in with what is fundamentally a card battle game, Lords of Waterdeep is a board game with some card-like aspects. Through eight rounds, you will collect resources like thieves and warriors to complete quests and gain points, which will ultimately decide who will be the ruler of Waterdeep. You can force mandatory quests on your opponent, steal their resources, or just concentrate on your own quests. Each game gives you a new patron, and each patron favors a different type of quest, so each game is a bit different.