Release Date: Release Date – 12:50 AM, Monday – November 7th
Card games are my favorite. A card game based on characters from a fictional universe that is unique in that it is very engaging.
For example, when I play Gwent and play a card based on a character I really like to be a part of in a Witcher game, my joy is usually twofold, because chance and strategy go together. Motivated by these characters, my victory is almost certain, so I cherish finishing my deck and collecting as many character cards as possible. I’ve experienced similar joy the first few times I’ve played Hearthstone.
Marvel got the formula right on Snap, as its games wonderfully weave the dimension of its movies and other content into the characters of the cards you play. For example, whenever you play a Spider-Man card, just before you put it on the field, the card will be surrounded by spider webs.
Most other characters are the same, as each card has its own unique animations and abilities. These abilities are based on cards flipped and revealed on the field (similar to the flip effect in Yu Gi-Oh), and they add a nice touch to the game.
When playing someone like The Punisher or Rocket Raccoon, their abilities are also accompanied by animated sequences, as the former fires the RPG and the latter unleashes his many guns. Marvel really wants you to collect and upgrade these cards, so their design is almost flawless.
In terms of gameplay, the game is designed for complete uncertainty, as even the terrain/field area is divided into three zones, each of which follows unique rules. You win if you score high on two of the three rows, which is extremely challenging in terms of strategy. What if one of the three rows destroys the other two? Trust me, some people will. This game isn’t about who has the best cards, it’s about who can come up with the best strategy.
It’s a really fun game in terms of getting used to, and Snap is designed for short play sessions and some pretty exciting multiplayer battles.
With its vertical playing field, some very effective unique skills and beautifully designed cards, Marvel gets something even Gwent can’t.
Fighting three different terrains simultaneously, just 6 turns of gameplay and some in-turn re-strategizing is an addictive combination. As a near-perfect mobile game, Snap is only let down by its use of memorable background music and little incentive to boost its rankings. The must-have game for mobile in 2022!