No reviews yet.Add your rating
No reviews yet.Add your rating
Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cardaclysm is a turn-based strategic combat game for Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a character that unleashes powerful beings into the world, and needs to recapture them at all costs. The gameplay starts out easy but ramps up the difficulty settings as players get into the adventure. While action in the game involves violence between your character and enemies, no blood is shown, and defeated opponents fall to the ground and vanish. Also, while some scenes take place in a tavern, there's no actual drinking shown in the game.
There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What’s It About?
In CARDACLYSM, a dark wizard tinkers with magic that shouldn't have been used. As a result, he unleashes what amounts to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Now it's up to the wizard to venture across different realms, gathering spells and creatures to aid him in defeating the mythical bosses. But that's merely the underscoring theme that links the randomly generated realms together, because as you venture forth in search of cards to upgrade your wizard's spell book, there are monsters of varying difficulties to get past, and treasure to be found. You'll upgrade not only your spell book, but also your armor and weapons, combining spells to create more powerful attacks, collecting gold runes in order to cast spells during combat, and visiting the pub to trade off what you find.
Is It Any Good?
While the card sets are the key to victory here, how you use the cards provides the challenge. Each card in Cardaclysm has a value -- in gold runes -- that has to be paid to play the card. Run out of gold runes, and you're unable to bring anything more into the combat. That means a key to play is in finding the right combination of cards to use. For example, you can have a higher-level dire wolf (made by combining dire wolf cards), but if your enemy paralyzes your beast, and you're out of gold runes and can't cast a spell, you're a sitting duck. Cardaclysm does a nice job of easing players into the game, and then starts to ramp up the challenge, putting a strong emphasis on the strategic elements. And simply trying to run through a zone without stopping to pick up treasures along the way doesn't work well at all. What's more, exploiting the weaknesses of each enemy is key to your survival.
The setbacks are fairly obvious. When you encounter a monster, you have two choices: attack or flee. But unless you attack, you can't advance the game. The pathways are so narrow, you can't skirt past an enemy and keep going, and the loot you receive isn't thrilling. Plus, the save function doesn't let you make progress midway between checkpoints. You die or quit, sending yourself back to the last checkpoint, so everything gained in that realm can be lost. At least it's visually impressive, and while Cardaclysm is a game that tantalizes with a bit of eye candy, it puts its faith in the combat/adventure. Newcomers to card-based/turn-based strategy games will find themselves tested, but the game does have a nice flow that makes for an entertaining outing. Sure, you may end up scratching your head and replaying some battles looking for the right combination of creature and spell attacks, but that feels like the fun part of Cardaclysm.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Cardaclysm affected by the fact that no blood is shown? Would the impact be intensified if blood or gore was shown?
What kind of story does a younger player like? What are their favorite elements? What things about a game aren't appealing for younger players?
How is strategy part of the real world? What tactics that you use in Cardaclysm can you apply in real life?
- Platform: Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Headup Games
- Release date: February 26, 2021
- Genre: Strategy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: February 26, 2021
Our Editors Recommend
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Talky, engaging, turn-based tactics with some lewd dialogue.
Port Royale 4
Historical simulation may help kids learn about trade.
Strategy game has retro visuals, strong combat dynamics.
Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes
Amusing, challenging pinball/tower defense hybrid is a hit.
For kids who love strategy
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate