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Uncaged: World Fighters Review

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Publisher: ZeMind Games Studio
Age: 14+
Players: 2
Game Length: 30 minutes
MSRP: $23.99

Most fighting games boil down to one theme: mind games with your opponent. Uncaged: World Fighters is a two player duel card game designed to replicate the bouts and rounds of a Mixed Martial Arts tournament as players take turns attacking and defending using different fighting moves and styles.

Uncaged is even more about the mind games as you must prepare your cards into a single combo ahead of time, while anticipating your opponent’s cards in return. It’s far easier to jump in and play than other fighting games and uses its MMA theme well, though the actual gameplay often comes down to the luck of the draw more than intricate strategy.

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The Boomsday Project Explodes onto Hearthstone

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Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Boomsday Project, has officially been released this week. The expansion adds 135 new cards. Log in to Hearthstone for a limited time to receive three Boomsday Project card packs for free, as well as a free random Legendary card.

“Today, Hearthstone players everywhere can unleash their inner evil genius in The Boomsday Project,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We packed this expansion with all kinds of things that go boom, and we can’t wait to see the new strategies that players concoct.”

The Boomsday Project expansion adds several new care features and mechanics. Omega cards become stronger when played at a full 10 mana crystals. New Mech minions include the Magnetic keyword, letting them be combined to form more powerful minions. Projects are spells that help both players. New Legendary cards include both mad scientists and powerful new Legendary Spells.

The new single player scenario is called The Puzzle Lab, and it’s coming in another two weeks. Blizzard is still only teasing the details. Players will “will face a series of increasingly difficult puzzles as they attempt to impress Dr. Boom with their quick wits and neglect of safety regulations.”

The Boomsday Project is available now on PC and mobile devices. Like every Hearthstone expansion, cards can be purchased in individual packs or in bundles through the Shop or using real currency. Boomsday Project cards can be earned in the Arena or crafted using Arcane Dust.

Hearthstone is rated T for Teen.

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Lightseekers Launches Digital Card Game, Physical Expansion

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PlayFusion has announced two big releases for their Lightseekers card game series. The first is a new mobile game that recreates the collectible card game in digital format. The second is the first expansion to the physical collectible card game, called Lightseekers Kindred.

The Lightseekers mobile game is available now on iOS and Android. The Lightseekers Kindred expansion will arrive August 7, with its first appearance at Gen Con 2018 (Aug. 2-5).

The Lightseekers mobile game features custom AI matches, quickmatches against friends and online players, as well as ranked matches and leaderboards. Digital booster packs are available to add more cards. Players can scan their physical cards into the digital game, and also level them up.

“We’re seamlessly blending the physical and digital worlds in ways that have never been done before,” said Mark Gerhard, CEO and Co-Founder of PlayFusion. “We also want to express our sincere thanks to the community that continue to support us – you are awesome! We promise you that Lightseekers will only continue to go from strength to strength!”.

Lightseekers was previously released on mobile devices as “Lightseekers RPG.” That game was a 3D action-RPG (think Skylanders) scaled down for mobile. The new mobile game is a direct translation of the card game.

The physical expansion set will add 291 cards, as well as six new constructed decks. Kindred Booster Packs will feature an expanded 12 cards per pack (9 cards in the initial set).

Given the focus on the card game, PlayFusion may be angling more toward the Hearthstone model rather than the Skylanders model. Ligthseekers initially began as a toys-to-life franchise before launching the card game.

The new Lightseekers mobile game is available now for free (with paid booster packs) in iOS and Android.