Card of Darkness

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fun card game starts to become bland over time.

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Positive Messages

The game doesn't really carry any positive or negative message. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Card of Darkness is a card/puzzle game for iOS devices that challenges players to complete levels through a series of card battles. The game's hand drawn and features cute animations that lend a sense of humor to the battles. There's no blood or violence of note, despite the game's name. There's also no inappropriate content to be found in the game, although the difficulty level may frustrate some players. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In CARD OF DARKNESS, players attempt to cross bridges and clear dungeons by tapping on exposed decks of cards. Once you've drawn one card from a pile, you must draw all of them before you are allowed to exit. Some cards grant you extra health. Some give you gold. Some give you weapons. And many have enemies with numbers under them, the number of hit points you'll lose if you go against them unarmed. Weapons, too, have numbers, which deduct from the damage enemies cause. But if you use a weapon with an odd number against an enemy with an even number of hit points, the weapon will shatter.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about perseverance. What does Card of Darkness teach about fighting against seemingly impossible tasks?

  • What's the best path to take to get to the end of each level in Card of Darkness? Are there ways to develop strategies for each stage, and can you use these tactics in real life?

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For kids who love strategy

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