Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Fun strategy blends a living board game and card collection.

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Positive Messages

Beyond winning matches, the game contains no overt messages that are positive or negative. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Different heroes battle it out, but none has a message or moral alignment. 

Ease of Play

The gameplay's complex, but tutorial puzzles and missions help newbies learn strategy. Puzzle missions start out easy to solve and get significantly harder.


While combat's frequently conducted between two players, the battles are handled between cards that represent powers, units, or effects. No blood or gore is shown.


No sex in the game itself, but player chat could contain inappropriate or suggestive language. 


No profanity in the game itself, but player chat could contain bad language. 


Players can purchase additional card packs but can also earn them just by playing. The base game doesn't include the expansion packs or newer downloadable content (DLC). Switch owners will receive five free DLC packs for the first thirty days of the game's launch.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No substance use in the game itself, but player chat could contain references to alcohol, drugs, or smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Faeria is a downloadable fantasy-themed, turn-based strategy for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs with a focus on card collection. Purchase of the base game doesn't include expansion packs and downloadable content (DLC) is sold separately, although Nintendo Switch owners will receive five DLC packs for the first thirty days of the game's launch. Players can earn card packs or purchase them from the in-game store. They can also purchase cosmetic items such as avatars, card backs, and orbs. Online play contains chat, and friends can message each other directly. This chat's uncensored, so players can be exposed to all kinds of unwanted comments. Combat's the game's central focus but is represented by cards on a board. Injuries and death are shown simply as numbers ticking down and cards vanishing from the board. Puzzle missions are also included, and start out easy, but become significantly more complex over time.

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What's it about?

FAERIA is a turn-based fantasy strategy game that mixes collectible card game mechanics with a hex-grid “living board” that lets players claim and alter the terrain. The object of the game is to destroy the enemy's avatar. Turn-based gameplay begins with players having three cards and a pool of magic, and players learn the rules (and basic strategy) by taking on an AI opponent. In a series of themed missions and puzzle matches, players place land tiles (lake, forest, prairie, mountain, desert) to claim terrain and then place unit cards to position friendly creatures, structures, or events. Each AI opponent presents a different style of gameplay, and each avatar beaten grants players rewards in the form of new and better cards. Once players are comfortable with basic gameplay, they can earn better rewards and test their skills against real human players in online Ranked and Unranked Battle Mode. Cross-mode play has been included to allow Switch, Xbox One, and PC gamers to play each other as well. An in-game store sells currency which players can use to buy additional card packs and cosmetic items like custom avatars and card backs. 

Is it any good?

Collectible card games are all the rage these days, but this clever card game/strategy board game hybrid is one you and your kids can enjoy together. A common complaint about free collectible card games (CCGs) is their seemingly endless requirement to buy card packs and the randomness of their rewards, but Faeria just might teach a generation raised on free-to-play the benefit of paying for a game. Not that everything's unlocked from the beginning, mind you. You have to complete various missions to unlock additional modes and rewards, but there's not the “buy, buy, buy” feeling you get from games that depend on micro-transactions. This leaves you free to enjoy the cleverly-designed missions, which teach specific strategies while exposing you to AI opponents whose amusing personality quirks match their approach to battle. This is really some of the best teaching with tutorials you'll find in a strategy game, especially with the series of puzzle matches that set you on the road to understanding how cards interact with one another. 

Along with making a CCG more accessible, Faeria succeeds in creating a fun, colorful world you and your kids can enjoy together. The graphics are vibrant and whimsical, the sound design is nice, and there's no offensive content to interfere with the fun. Kids will love earning and opening new rewards and tinkering with their decks before taking on a particularly tough AI or human opponent, and parents will enjoy not having to buy new card packs every five minutes. The game's DLC model means when you buy an expansion, you get all of it at once, (no randomness involved) and winning matches earns you in-game currency that can be used to buy cool-looking avatars and other custom graphics that show up during matches. There's a bit of a mild advantage in the DLC race when it comes to the Switch getting additional DLC packs for the first thirty days after its launch, but that seems to be more about building up the player base than giving that system a strategic advantage. The wider advantage is the inclusion of cross-platform play over all three systems, which significantly expands the competition that you'll face once you're up for a larger challenge. For console players just coming to this game, be warned: there are some incredibly good and seasoned PC players ready and waiting to tear through your decks. At more than a hundred hours of gameplay, Faeria is a great entertainment value, and a strategy game you can feel good about letting your kids play. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between paid and free-to-play games. What's a better value for your wallet and your time? 

  • Do you prefer the suspense of buying random card packs to paying for specific cards outright? What's the appeal of not knowing what you're going to get?

  • Do you like sitting across from a friend and playing a game or playing with people around the world? 

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For kids who love strategy collectible card games

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