Another iOS game I’ve been really enjoying of late is actually similar to Donsol. Card Crawl is also a dungeon crawler that you play with a deck of cards, with a lot of the interactions similar to what you do in Donsol, but with enough differences (extra items, more about the final score) to make it feel like a different game, and with a really fun look to it. Since Card Crawl is available on iPad, I’ve been playing that at home, and then Donsol on my phone when I’m out and about.
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).