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Teppen

App review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic Capcom-based card game is impossible to put down.

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Ease of Play

The game’s basic mechanics are easy to pick up quickly. But like many deck-building card games, there’s much more complexity in putting together custom decks with different strategies using hundreds of available cards.

Violence

While battles between players are presented as fights, with players using their cards and characters for attack and defense, there’s very little onscreen representation of the violence. Cards take damage with flashy effects and simply shatter and disappear when defeated. Characters show quick animations when they take damage or are defeated, but there’s never any blood shown onscreen.

Sex

Some game art shows characters, particularly female characters, with revealing outfits and poses. This is especially true of the succubus character, Morrigan.

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Consumerism

While the game does give players regular opportunities to earn in-game currency and new cards via challenges, creating new and effective decks often requires a wider selection of cards. This pushes players to purchase new card packs from the in-game store, often through microtransactions that cost actual money. Features characters from Resident Evil, Mega Man, Street Fighter, and other popular game franchises.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teppen is a free-to-play collectible card game available for download on iOS and Android mobile devices. Players build decks of virtual cards and battle in story-based missions as well as player versus player matches. Matches are presented to players as fights, but there’s very little onscreen violence actually shown. Instead, damage is shown via special effects and onscreen prompts, with defeated cards shattering and disappearing from the field. There's a heavy focus on collecting the virtual cards, which doesn’t just include rare, more power cards, but also variant “Golden” and “Secret” cards that run parallel to the main set. This focus on collectability, as well as the wide variety of card abilities, pushes players to spend more actual money in the in-game shop to expand their card libraries.

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What's it about?

TEPPEN is a free-to-play virtual card game in which players take on the role of heroes and villains from across the breadth of the Capcom Universe. Driven by desire and manipulated by a mysterious outside force, each of these characters finds themselves on a quest to discover a personal truth. While each may walk their own road, all paths lead to The Land of Illusion, a realm in which even the powers of the divine are not absolute. You'll choose your character, build your deck, and battle against others in the ultimate collectible card game. Players will face off in epic dream matches, pitting the fighting spirit of Street Fighter’s Ryu against the raw power of Monster Hunter’s Rathalos, or deadly seduction of Darkstalker’s succubus Morrigan against the cruel brutality of Resident Evil’s Albert Wesker. If you can defeat all comers, you'll prove yourself a legend worthy of the secrets The Land of Illusions holds.

Is it any good?

There's lots of licensed games that bank on the familiarity of famous characters and phone in the rest, leaving players with plenty of fan service, but a hollow shell of a gaming experience. Teppen, the free-to-play mobile card game starring an all-star lineup of Capcom characters, isn't one of those games. From start to finish, Teppen is a high caliber, finely tuned, and polished experience that’s not only a love letter to Capcom fans, but also reinvigorates the collectible card game genre for a whole new audience. It might not be a perfect game, but it’s about as close as it can be, and with that free-to-play price that makes it impossible not to at least take for a spin.

At first glance, Teppen seems deceptively simple. The gameplay mechanics are easy to pick up, with players building up energy over time which are then used to play cards dealt to their hand. Just about everything is built around a timer and knowing when to play a card is just as important as know which card to play. As easy as the game is to learn, the difficulty comes in analyzing the 200+ cards available in the base set and coming up with a custom strategy to build a deck around. While the base decks earned in the game’s Story mode are good enough to get through some single-player encounters, taking the fight online against other players takes a lot of extra work. This also highlights the game’s biggest flaw, as some players will shell out cash to pick up a healthy collection of cards, leaving more frugal players potentially outmatched in a pay-to-win scenario. Still, Teppen is a fantastically fun game with a lot of nuance and a lot to offer to both Capcom fans and fans of collectible cards games in general.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of collecting. What is the motivation for collecting rare cards, variant cards, etc., and what are some of the ways that companies capitalize on this?

  • What are some of the ways that free-to-play games use microtransactions to generate revenue? What are the risks involved in offering rare or powerful gear, creating a “pay-to-win” atmosphere?

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