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A better look at card games on mobile platform

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IMAGES SUPPORTED BY GOOGLE[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]he term of “playing cards” is usually mistaken for a bad deed in form of gamble – but that logic just doesn’t apply for gamers, who live in an entirely different world. For them, “playing cards” means to duel with a respectable opponent using magical cards in serious matchs and manners.

One could vaguely guess what was mentioned above: trading card games – and wonderful form of gaming which ultilizes the intelligence, the knowledge and the imagination of gamers the best. But how much did you know about Trading Card Game and its variation, Collectible Card Game?

We at Vietgame.asia hope to share a few interesting knowledge with you via this article.[space space_height=”40″]

GENERAL
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Both Trading Card Game and Collectible Card Game share the very same concept of collecting a vast amount of magical cards of Heroes and monsters, which are painted in a fantasy and fancy style. Each card has its very own and unique traits, stats, abilities and skills – which when combined with other cards, it can be ultilized into different kinds of strategic usage.

However, Trading Card Game leans toward the direct duel of opposite opponents, facing each other across a dueling table, and the duel is progressed via a strict boundary of official rules. The cards used in Trading Card Game has fixed informations and status, which can only be changed temporarily in the period of one duel. And the last thing is, Trading Card Game always has real cards printed and sold worlwide to everyone, which strongly fortifies the part “trading” in its name.

Each card has its very own and unique traits, stats, abilities and skills – which when combined with other cards, it can be ultilized into different kinds of strategic usage
Although sharing several similarities with Trading Card Game, Collectible Card Game does have a few unique features that differs itself from the previous genre.

Firstly, Collectible Card Game is almost exclusive for videogame, especially for mobile platforms. Secondly, the “cards” in Collectible Card Game are actually playable characters, similar to RPGs – and so, their stats, skills, equipments… could be changed. Lastly, the players of Collectible Card Game can’t trade their cards with others, and only aim to collect for more.

TRADING CARD GAME

We can’t mention about Trading Card Game without stating the name of its ancestor, the Magic the Gathering franchise. This is a very classic, standard example for the gameplay of Trading Card Game, in which opponents summon different kinds of monsters in the form of cards and try to eliminate their targets. The smooth and solid combination of monster cards, spell cards and energy cards made Magic the Gathering a very thrilling and exciting game.

The essence of Trading Card Game lies within the freedom to build a very unique deck to each player

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feat_mob_cardgame (10)feat_mob_cardgame (14)Another popular example is the Yu-gi-oh’s franchise, an ideal Trading Card Game which halted from the manga with the same name. At the beginning, the cards and rules of Yu-gi-oh’s were still barren and lackluster, since they had to follow the flow of the manga.

But after this game had received a sudden attention from the mass, an official set of rules was made and it became madly loved worldwide. Nowadays, the number of cards in Yu-gi-oh’s has reached the limit of… 17,000 different cards, and it won’t stop at just that.Trading Card Game possesses a mysterious attraction, from videogame to reality, when aside from the names that were mentioned about, there’re a lot of good franchises such as Pokemon TGC, originated from the mainstream of Pokemon and has already become as popular as the original.

Or Hearthstone, a miracle from Blizzard using its own vast universe of a ton of chronicles, lores and characters – which is also leading the stage with dominating numbers of fans and awards.

The essence of Trading Card Game lies within the freedom to build a very unique deck to each player, via the betting between duels, buying booster packs, trading with each others…

Trading Card Game has the “card” part in its name, not only to state its form, but also to declare its nature: a deck of cards – and it means this game still relies on luck a lot. You will need luck to draw the correct cards to form a good hand to win – and a good player has to organize his deck in however manner to increase the chance to draw the key cards to the highest, or at least to make sure that there would never be a useless hand is formed.

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COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME

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As its name clearly suggested, in Collectible Card Game the task of the players is to collect as much cards as possible. For mobile devices, this genre could be deemed the most popular online game, to the point that it can easily topple the throne of the old MMORPG.

Basically, every card in a Collectible Card Game is a character/ monster in a RPG manner. They have level, stats, skills, equipments… and those can be improved via different methods. And the cards in Collectible Card Game are divided clearly into rarity and rank, the rarer the card is, the more potential it has and the stronger it is.Battles in Collectible Card Game are also different from Trading Card Game, when almost all of the battling process and damaga calculating are done automatically. And so, the strategy factor serves as quite a minor intervention, when the players are bound to the sole task of try to increase the stats/ levels of their cards.

The absence of spell cards and the freedom to activate skills could be seem as an insult to the core players of Trading Card Game. But don’t forget about the player ranges at which Collectible Card Game targeted: casual gamers – the ones who only want to enjoy a game leisurely without having to know or to do too difficult calculations.feat_mob_cardgame (2)

review_mob_dotatk (6)feat_mob_cardgame (12)We could also deem Collectible Card Game as some kind of MMORPG, in which the players can pay with cash via in-app purchase or microtransaction to earn certain priviledges. The difference between Collectible Card Game and MMORPG is, there’s nothing that could be earned via normal methods without paying.

The things that matter are all about “when” and “how long”, since every items or equipments in Collectible Card Game are distributed via random dropping rate – and the paying players simply have more chance to try their luck, that’s all.

Although it’s a RPG at the core, Collectible Card Game can be combined with different elements to make it more interesting. For example, take a look at Đại Minh Chủ, a unique card game from Soha Group and Emobi Games, which used the theme of fantasy Chinese fictions – this is a standcard Collectible Card Game in which the battles are done completely automatically, and the stats of the cards are all that matter.

The difference between Collectible Card Game and MMORPG is, there’s nothing that could be earned via normal methods without paying
feat_mob_cardgame (13)Another fine example would be Advance Dino, which is a smooth combination of real-time strategy and raiding game, similar to Travian, Linh Vương, Boom Beach, Clash of Clans… The strategy element is heavily determined by the positioning of Heroes and towers, as well as the layout of the enemy bases.

And finally, DotA Truyền Kỳ, a new and amazing game from VNGGame. With the familiar theme and Heroes from the famous MOBA DotA, DotA Truyền Kỳ is an original and unique Collectible Card Game with MOBA elements – it allows the players to activate Heroes’ abilities at will, and the varieties of tactic in this game are also marvelous.