A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game doesn't really carry any positive or negative message.
Positive Role Models
There's nothing negative about the characters, but there's no development to them at all.
Ease of Play
The game is challenging, but not impossible to learn or play.
Violence & Scariness
The "monsters" you'll face are cute and only do damage in numbers. There's no blood or scary elements.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Card battle games can be by the number affairs, sometimes losing your interest fast due to a lack of variety. Card of Darkness, thankfully, bypasses that fate, though you might find yourself drifting off to explore other games in Apple Arcade after a few days. It's a good game, but not a great one. The animation is charming. It doesn't take itself too seriously. And it benefits tremendously from the Apple Arcade model, bypassing ads and in-app purchases.
After a few hours, though, the game gets a bit repetitive. The challenge is still there, but it doesn't evolve and puts player interest at risk. Those first few hours, though, are a lot of fun. The strategy involved in picking the right card keeps you focused and the game's light-hearted atmosphere doesn't drain you. It's also keeps you on your toes to make sure that you're swapping weapons in battle so that you're not breaking them during fights. Card of Darkness is a good onramp to what Apple is offering, but there are much deeper choices you can explore.
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