The card trading game Tyrant Unleashed makes the player the commander of a card army. In missions and battles against other human players you collect gold that you exchange for new cards and updates.
Build your deck and upgrade
The player is in command of an army of 10 cards at most. You wield the stack of cards, known as a deck, against the enemy in battle. In each round the commander can play one of three randomly drawn cards, which then act independently against the enemy - the player has no further influence. Once the job has been done, the successful warrior gets gold or sometimes also a card as a reward. Losses cost the player gold.
You can use the gold or real cash to buy new cards. The randomly drawn cards vary in value, which is why you scrap useless cards. For discarding the cards you get so- called Salvage Points, which you use to unlock upgrades for the cards in the deck.
Between battles you build up your own deck: new cards are exchanged for older ones, better units can be combined with others, and structure or unit abilities affect the enemy as well as friendly units.
The missions against computer opponents are couched in a rudimentary background story. To earn more gold, the missions can be repeated. If you are certain of victory, then the computer simulates the outcome of the battle for the player. The player also fights online against other players' decks. However, the deck is controlled during this time by the computer.
Easy to get started, tricky battles
The Tyrant Unleashed tutorial explains the basic steps of the game in a catchy, simple way. Without lengthy familiarization you head straight into the fray. Soon afterwards you'll be combining different cards and trying out updates.
Those who don't want to spend money sometimes have to save time for rare and valuable cards. Major updates require up to 150 Salvaging Points, which is worth about 150 normal cards or 600 games against small opponents. Nevertheless, you can play Tyrant Unleashed perfectly well without money - you just have to repeat some missions more often, and you may have to do without particular cards. Sometimes the game grinds to a halt for no apparent reason.
Attractive graphics, repetitive droning
With its cutely drawn cards and appealing animated attacks, this card trading game is graphically convincing. However, the soundscape leaves something to be desired: even after just a few minutes the player knows the background music better than their own deck.
Combining and deck building fun for trading card players
Tyrant Unleashed is the right game for card trading players: you collect cards from battle to battle, exchange old ones for updates, and improve the deck in order to finally wipe out your opponent. The fights against the other players' decks are fun and provide interesting insights.
Less patient players are likely to become annoyed by some battles and complain about the repetitive music. Tactical players will miss the opportunity to control their own units during the battle.