This is the latest iOS game from Aliceffekt – although a collaboration this time, with John Eternal (the result of something they worked on during a recent train game jam) – and it’s fun as hell. It’s a dungeon crawler but played with regular playing cards that represent creatures/enemies, potions, and shields. There’s a simplicity to it that I love, and the more you play, the more you start understanding the best strategy to make it through a dungeon level (which means going through an entire deck of cards without dying). It’s also great to think that you could technically play it with a regular deck of cards, although I still don’t get how the damage on the shields work at all times. Perfect game to have you on your phone (it’s currently only on iPhone, not on iPad).
I’m finally playing this, on Vita, and it does indeed make for an interesting experience. I’m not sure if the Vita version offers anything different from playing it on other platforms, but the one thing I wish I could do is experience Aliceffekt’s Purgateus, a mod that you can only install on the PC/Mac version. I haven’t seen that much variety in the terrain so far, but I do plan on exploring more.