Fable Fortune

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Engaging card-game battle set in Fable's fantasy world.

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Educational Value

Strategy combines with math in a fun way. Gold is important resource, but must be used strategically to win competitive matches. Cards also have numbers for attack (strength), defense (health) that must be calculated carefully against opponents to succeed.

Positive Messages

Being good or evil comes with benefits, no apparent disadvantages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

While a game of heroes, each hero can determine their own destiny. Players start with a neutral morality level, may select good, evil attributes. Both good, evil morality paths come with bonus effects. 

Ease of Play

Tutorial hasn't been added yet. Players need to visit game guide on Fable Fortune website, seek out community-created videos to learn game basics.

Violence

Characters shown holding weapons like guns, spears; using magic. Players attack each other by placing units that look like chess pieces on virtual gameplay board. Enemy units attack using spells, weapons but no blood or gore. Defeated units simply disappear. 

Sex

Some characters have low-cut tops revealing cleavage. 

Language

Characters toss menacing comments such as “You’re dead” during matches.

Consumerism

Players can buy more card packs with silver earned in game, with real money, though no guarantees of receiving special cards. Will be free-to-play when fully launched, but players currently must purchase a Founders Pack to play while in final stages of development.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bartender card character shown drinking mug of beer. Hobbe Firebreather card shown holding bottle of alcohol to breathe fire. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fable Fortune is a downloadable strategy card-collecting game available for early access on Steam, Windows 10, and Xbox Preview. Fable Fortune will be free to play when it's fully launched, but players currently must purchase a Founders Pack, which comes with exclusive rewards and card packs, in order to play now. As with other Fable games, players choose whether to follow the path of good or evil. These choices affect your card deck and alter your characters' appearance to reflect their alignment. Violence is minimal: Chesslike pieces brandishing weapons and spells attack each other, but there's no blood or gore. Some characters have low-cut tops and are portrayed with alcohol in hand for both drinking and fire breathing.

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What's it about?

FABLE FORTUNE is a collectible card game (CCG) based on the Fable game franchise set in the fantasy world of Albion. You and your opponent go head to head on a digital gameplay board where you battle until one hero's health drops below zero. You can choose your hero and use that hero's preconstructed deck to take into battle, or create your own custom deck of 30 cards designed to fit your hero or play style. Players can earn rewards in player vs. player (PVP) mode, gaining medals and improving their rank on monthly leaderboards, or team up with a partner for co-op boss battles of varying difficulty. A variety of quests pull directly from the lore of the Fable series, with fulfilled objectives granting special cards and points to aid your hero on the path to either good or evil. 

Is it any good?

The Fable series of games has a solid place in my heart. Fable fans will enjoy the familiar enchanting music, beautiful landscapes, and constant nods at humor typical of any adventure into the whimsical world of Albion. The developers have successfully combined chicken kicking with laughable cards such as the Furious Librarian and the Over-Eager Cadet, reminding people that this is a series that will always know how to make people smile. While some cards are humorous, they're all still made for war. Cards come in two forms: Unit cards providing damage, defense, or both, and spell cards, which unleash a variety of powerful abilities. While you could use the preconstructed decks provided with each hero, it's more fun to craft and create your own. Creating decks based on your character or play style (co-op or PVP) adds more endless deck building options, making Fable Fortune a solid contender in the world of collectible card games.

As with any game currently in development, there are still kinks to work out. The card crafting system is a little confusing, and the inability to invite friends to team up in co-op raises some concerns, but the developers are aware and working on these things. With new heroes, new arenas, and more than 100 additional new cards in development, Fable Fortune has the potential to perfect what already seems to be an amazing CCG. While it will eventually be free to play, there are some great benefits to paying to get in on the chicken kicking action now, and early access players should still enjoy a full and fun experience in the enchanting world of Albion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss the meaning of strategy in games like Fable Fortune. How can you devise a strategy to use your resources to win matches? Where else in life can you use strategy to achieve your goals?

  • Talk about trial and error. In Fable Fortune you can continue to try building new decks until you find one that works for you, but what other situations can you think of where you kept trying even though you may have failed before? How great did it feel when you finally accomplished the objective you needed to complete?

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