A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players compete against each other in online card duels, trying to outdo each other in competition. The setting and its lore paint a world that's not necessarily good or evil, but rather various shades of grey.
Positive Role Models
The cards often have a few lines of flavor text to help the overall narrative build the game's universe. But there's not a lot of room to really develop any of the characters with any depth.
Ease of Play
There's a lot of complexity in the gameplay, including card positioning, resource management, and a player's chosen path and power, as well as the numerous actions and abilities of individual cards. The game requires a lot of strategy and research before the first card is even put into play.
Violence & Scariness
Duels between players' cards and actions are resolved with simple animations and flashy effects to represent battle. That said, some of the cards do feature artwork that occasionally show scenes of battle, blood, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
More than a few cards feature artwork with partial nudity, some male but mostly female characters presented nude or partially clothed, with strategically placed objects or angles preventing any full nudity from being seen.
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Some very minor language can pop up from time to time in the cards' flavor text, including things like "piss," "screw," etc. But due to game's substantial online component, younger players may still be exposed to offensive language from others via the in-game chat.
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Products & Purchases
Mythgard is a free-to-play card game, and according to the developers, every card in the collection can be earned through gameplay. Still, players can choose to skip the grind and buy cards with money via the in-game store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mythgard is a free-to-play modern fantasy online strategic card game available for download on Windows and Mac OS computers, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. The game's set in a modern-day fantasy universe, combining elements of the modern world with magic and classic mythology. It's free-to-play, with every card in its library able to be earned through gameplay alone, though players can get a jump on their collections by buying cards from the in-game story. Some of the cards include racy artwork, though there's no nudity presented. There's some very mild language in the flavor text of some cards, but parents should be more concerned about the potential of offensive language that can come from the in-game chat in online games.
Is It Any Good?
Collectible card games have long had a home with gamers focused on getting all the best cards, coming up with wild strategies and combos, and testing their skills against others. Mythgard does a great job of stoking that same enthusiasm, but without the need to carry around all those physical cards or finding a free table to play on. Though the cards might be virtual, there's some great quality production here. The painted art for card looks amazing and each has a distinct style to it. The only real frustration is that, being a free-to-play experience, players will have to choose between grinding out match after match for card rewards to come trickling in, or dropping some real cash in-game to instantly add more options to their collections.
Of course, none of this amounts to much of anything unless the card game is one that's fun to play. Thankfully, Mythgard is a blast to play once you get the hang of it. The game's a little more complex than a lot of other similar card games, particularly with its use of multiple resource requirements (mana and gems), players' powers and paths changing things outside of the deck, and all of the various little nuances from the individual cards. It can also be frustrating to get trounced in online matches early on simply because you're either still learning or worse, because you just don't have enough cards to build a competitive deck. Thankfully, there are a couple of smaller solo options to help new players get their feet wet before diving headfirst into the deep end of the game. Make no mistake about it, Mythgard takes a lot of patience and practice to learn, but it's definitely worth it in the end.
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