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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Card Wars - Adventure Time is a real-world app version of the customizable card game often shown in the Adventure Time cartoon series on Cartoon Network. It features some cartoon violence and uses an "energy" system, limiting how long players can play in one sitting. Once that limit is hit, they must wait for the system to recharge or pay to continue. The game's currency (which also can be purchased with real-world dollars) can be used for other purposes, too, such as expanding card storage. Kids can play in various languages.
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What's it about?
Players use cards to summon creatures to fight for them, attempting to reduce their AI opponent's health to zero. First, you lay down terrain across four tracks, which can range from cornfields to swamps. Those lands determine which creatures you can summon (making card choice when building a deck a strategic part of the game). Each card costs magic to cast, as does using "Floop" power. As players win battles, they earn new cards and can combine cards to create new bonuses or creatures.
Is it any good?
The fact that CARD WARS - ADVENTURE TIME exists at all is a testament to the collective fan base of the Cartoon Network show. It's a fictional game that has come to life -- and, frankly, it's a pretty good one, if a bit overcomplicated. The game does tend to go out of its way to be challenging and live up to its television legacy.
Where it really stumbles, though, is in its energy system, which prevents fans from playing for long stretches. The game sells at a premium price, so forcing players to wait or pay extra to enjoy it without time restrictions reeks of greed. Paying for cards is less of a concern, since that's at the heart of the CCG movement, but for time? Not at this cost.
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