If you are familiar with Magic the Gathering, or the WoW TCG, or just about any other TCG, then you’ll catch on quickly to Shadow Era. What caught my attention is that its absolutely free to play. You can earn cards just by playing. But if you are impatient there is of course an option to spend real money to buy cards, but its not necessary at all.
When you first start the game you get to choose 1 hero and its associated starter deck; a total of 31 cards.
You can play vs the AI to earn experience and gold. Each game you win earns you experience and gold. Experience helps you level up. Gold is the currency used to purchase individual cards. Each time you level up you earn 25 shadow crystals. Shadow crystals is the currency used to buy “booster packs” or preformed “starter decks”. You can spend money and buy shadow crystals. You can also sell cards you don’t want for gold.
Another cool feature I really like is that you can play it via web browser, an app for your iPhone, an app for your iPad, or an app for your Android phone – and they are all synced. As long as you have an internet connection via wi-fi or 3G and you can communicate with their server, all of your cards and decks are saved and can be used across all the platforms. The one minor issue I’ve noticed so far is that iTunes lags behind a little bit on updates. So for example, if an update was just released the version you play via your web browser might be a version ahead of whats on your iPhone/iPad.
There is of course online mulitplayer head-to-head battles. You also earn xp and gold when you participate in the match making system. It uses a ranking system modeled after the “True Skill” system used on Xbox. So it matches you vs people of similar rank/skill. You can also watch other people play with a simple click of a button! A very cool feature indeed.
There is an “offline mode” but its pretty limited in its current form. There are plans to increase the offline play options in the future
Might be a fun game for some of you TCG fans who are looking for a free option to waste some time.
Check out ShadowEra.com. Thanks to Carrier in the forums for the heads up!