A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game can be played by simply mashing buttons on screen, but to learn the nuances of play takes some time.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of on-screen battles, but no explicit violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters wear cleavage-baring garments.
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Products & Purchases
The game offers the chance to purchase new cards and other in-game products for real-world cash. Based on a wildly popular card game.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While it exists in a separate pocket universe outside of the typical Magic: The Gathering one, this strategy game knows its audience well. Magic: Manastrike is bite-sized, challenging (but not too difficult) and lets you compete against other humans, without having to deal with the hassle of people that like to give you grief online. It's a colorful, action packed game that shakes up the rules just enough to make it interesting (limiting your deck makes you think more about the cards you play). Players who take the time to learn the cards can find a nuanced game, but newcomers who don't want to bother with the intricacies of the various spells and creatures can essentially button-mash and play cards as quickly as possible and still have a chance at victory. The game isn't especially deep, though. It's repetitive and more focused on one specific style of play, which eliminates a lot of the strategy that the classic card game came with. If the fast-paced nature ofthe game action grabs you, you won't care about how different and radically new the gameplay happens to be. But if the rapid play style of Magic: Manastrike doesn't appeal to you, you'll get bored fast.
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