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Release: Dec 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Cards and Castles

Site Score
Good: Easy to grasp but plenty of depth – Art style
Bad: Free to play progression is just a tad too slow
User Score
(13 votes)
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Cards and Castles links together the trading card game genre with tactical strategy to create a title that has strategy hiding in every corner. Grab your digital cards, build a deck and place them carefully on the grid based map as you challenge other players armies with your own.


Set within a fantasy landscape Cards and Castles has a cartoon theme to its art style. Each match pits you against your enemy on a grid landscape which features your castle and two guard towers which once captured can give you a small bit of defence. Players must defend their castle while attempting to reduce the enemies castle hit points to 0.

In order to achieve this you’ll arm yourself with a 40 card deck which contains a mixture of units, spells and buildings that aligns with your strategy. Units are your main damage dealers while spells and buildings are more support orientated. At the start of each turn you’ll draw one of these cards and be able to play cards from your hand accordingly.

Each unit on the field can move and attack each turn given an opponent is in range which generally means an adjacent square unless it is one of the few ranged unit cards. Another unique feature of the game is the tack back button which allows you to redo your turn (limited use each game) if you make a mistake which keeps the experience more casual than comparable trading card games.


Matches can take around 15 minutes with the victor generally being the player that can maintain control of the game board and keep their opponent on the back foot, a well timed lucky card draw also helps matters.

Additional features include a vast single player campaign to enjoy, faction based cards and card crafting which round out this impressive trading card game title.


  • Free to play trading card strategy game.
  • Play on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.
  • Use unit, spells and building cards to create a strategy.
  • Large single player campaign and fun PvP.
  • Cartoon art style that keeps everything casual.

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Cards and Castles, 8.6 out of 10 based on 13 ratings
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