To my surprise, I saw this game just a few days after its official release on Android.
As someone who loves the lore of the Warhammer universe, I felt happy that a game like this has appeared in the market – at least, one gets the feel of the Horus Heresy, plus many of the factions are already represented in the initial edition!
In this game, one basically chooses a Warlord unit that offers certain active abilities. One starts with Garviel Loken as he beats through the Isstvan campaign; he has an ability that allows him to inflict two damage without having contact with the enemy (i.e. from range) for two points.
Players start with the Sons of Horus deck, which is quite easy to use. I have played Hearthstone for a bit and thus the mechanics of the game were not that hard to comprehend.
Here’s a quick tip for those who are new to the game:
- Tactics: Spell cards
- Front line units: Taunt
- Trap: Token that triggers a certain ability
- Initiative: Change of getting first in a duel
I saw a ton of buffs and the warlord’s HP actually changes: Some have very high hit points (40), while retaining really crazy abilities and stuff.
Besides the intuitive and familiar gameplay, the creators of the game made sure that people get hooked by creating global events that are tied to the lore of the Horus Heresy.
I got the chance to play Ferrus Manus versus Fulgrim in a crazy matchup and oh boy, it was fun to do!
One earns passes to global events through crates, daily missions and buying them outright. These global events are the equivalent of “Arena” in Hearthstone, where one gets certain cards and/or decks and fight against random people in order to get certain rewards.
The other thing that’s cool about this game is that it allows people to form lodges (yes, the Emperor considers it as heresy, na-da, na-da), which in turn, allows teams who are active in the game to reap a lot of rewards and progress faster as they are able to get more points for their squad from global events.
Sure it won’t beat Hearthstone from its top perch, but at least this is a game that encapsulates the grim darkness of the Warhammer Universe and has a lot to offer both for its fans as well as new players alike.
In addition, those who play games such as Hearthstone should find the game very accessible and who knows, maybe one day it will also turn out to be an extremely competitive mobile card game!
Overall, I would highly recommend this game!!!
Here is a video about the game:
Postscript: How I wish I made it to the open beta, as all the progress one made in it actually carried itself to the main edition of the game.