Card Hunter is a uniquely nerdy game that lit up the online card game scene back in 2011. Launching originally as a browser exclusive, Card Hunter was a popular game with users on Cheerful Ghost when it was in early beta. Since it's launch it has received a ton of new updates and has been ported to Steam with a traditional PC and Mac client. Since Card Hunter is a free game I decided to give it another shot on Steam and if you either haven't yet tried it at all or haven't played it recently, you really should.

Card Hunter reminds me of a digital version of the old adventure board game classic Hero Quest. Hero Quest is an amazing board game I played in High School that is simple enough to understand yet deep enough to make you feel like you are adventuring through a fantasy world. Hero Quest is also one of the best Milton Bradley games i've ever played and it's a crime it was never re-released. People have compared Card Hunter to Hearthstone or Magic The Gathering and I don't find that an accurate comparison. I would say as Hearthstone(digital) is to Magic the Gathering(physical game), Card Hunter is to games like Hero Quest or Dungeons and Dragons Wrath of Ashardalon.

In Card Hunter you make your way through adventures that earn you loot and treasure. Treasure can be sold and loot can be used to upgrade your characters abilities. Like other freemium games, Card Hunter has a fair amount of stuff available for free or you can pay to access more features. The game doesn't seem pay to win and I didn't find anything impossibly difficult to beat with the stuff I could find grinding through dungeons.

At a certain point the difficulty ramps up and you need to spend a fair amount of time considering the best way to beat certain levels. I really enjoy that Card Hunter requires you to learn better strategy than simply upgrading your armor and weapons to complete levels. Don't get me wrong, upgrades are nice but I found that a better strategy was more help than better weapon or armor.

Since it's a browser game you don't need a power house gaming rig to play this on PC, Mac or any ol' web browser. If you are looking for a table-top inspired game that you can pickup and play for free Card Hunter is something you should try.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 06/02/2016 at 05:40pm

After you had reminded me of Card Hunter, I jumped back in to see what the updated game looked like (I haven't really played it since the beta), and found it to be a much more polished experience. I haven't dropped any money on the DLC, but the Acquisitions Inc. content looks really cool :).

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/03/2016 at 01:23am

> I haven't dropped any money on the DLC, but the Acquisitions Inc. content looks really cool :).

I haven't seen a reason to drop money on anything so far, but there might be a more compelling reason later on. Access to more classes might be neat.

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