Guardians of Graxia is a tactical card based game developed by Petroglyph.

For each map you play on, whether it be Campaign or Skirmish, you will have to complete a specified set of objectives. There are two victory modes. One is a standard easier goal while the other, the ‘Guardian’ goal, is a harder version of the standard goal.

Unfortunately there is no mode to just destroy the enemy Guardian (Every map has a set goal and turn limit).


In either mode you play in, you will start off by placing your Guardian unit (Your key unit that summons other units) within a defined starting area on the board. You will then draw from your deck without any mana cost (Mana is the only resource in the game and is needed to for almost all actions). Once you have your cards drawn you may summon units to the adjoining squares around your Guardian or in your starting zone.

You may also draw more spell or unit cards for a small mana cost in between turns.

It's time to du-du-du-du-duel!

Inevitably, your units will engage into battle with another unit. Battle consists of two phases: Firstly the spell card phase where you may cast spells from your deck to aid you in battle. Secondly is the sacrifice phase where you can sacrifice any spell card to increase your units attack value or decrease the enemies (some cards are better to sacrifice than others). After both phases are complete, battle will commences.

If a unit destroys an opponent, they will be awarded two attribute points to spend on their combat abilities, winning a battle can also force an enemy unit to retreat, one attribute point will be awarded to the victor.

Treebeard?

Positioning of units is a huge part of the game, capturing tiles on the game board will grant you extra mana (Some tiles offer more than others), tiles also have their own particular bonuses such as healing and shielding units. Tiles in combination with your units, special abilities and spells gives the game a very strategic experience.

Guardians of Graxia is an interesting game to play. It combines card based and tactical game play into a successful formula (Unlike Magic the Gathering Tactics). For those who love card based game play or tactical game play I suggest you look into this title.

 

Pros

Lots of unit and spell cards.

Units get stronger with more encounters.

Simple to play.

Units are unique.

Lots of modes to play in.

Interesting game mechanics.

 

Cons

No multiplayer

No maps without set goals.

Features

  • Combines the best of a card game and board game in a PC format.
  • Dynamic gameplay using cards and map tiles in a floating continent environment.
  • Single-player skirmish and campaign modes available.
  • Highly replayable with over 240 Unit and Spell Cards.
  • Game card creatures include: Dragon, Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, Humans, Orcs, Skeletons, Wisps, Wraiths and many more!
  • Guardians are represented in the game as primary player units that command your armies into battle!
  • Built to be expanded with additional map packs and other content updates.

 

For more information on Guardians of Graxia go to http://www.petroglyphgames.com/game?id=28

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