If you just want a time-killing session of Solitaire, Windows has that within easy reach. And it's free and simple. But you know what? It's also kind of boring. There's a whole world of card gamesmore
If you just want a time-killing session of Solitaire, Windows has that within easy reach. And it's free and simple. But you know what? It's also kind of boring. There's a whole world of card games out there with decks and styles of play that can be much more interesting. Let's show you the best ones out there for Windows.
Solitairica comes in at $10, which is probably less than you'll end up spending on F2P card games in the long run. However, it does not have a multiplayer element, so you won't get the same replayability that you do from the F2P games below.
A CCG, or collectible card game, does not allow card trades between players. The primary way to obtain cards is to buy (or collect) them with real money or in-game currency. When you receive a duplicate or unwanted card from a pack, you can usually convert that into in-game currency.
F2P card games rely on you periodically buying randomized packs of cards, with discounts if you buy them in bulk. Or you can earn in-game currency. The rate at which this currency is earned varies from game to game and may slow down over time. If you decide to buy packs, we recommend creating a sensible budget and keeping track of exactly how much you spend and how many hours you play. If you don't create a system of discipline, your spending and time investment can go overboard.
Elder Scrolls: Legends is a collectible card game (CCG) inspired by Hearthstone, which itself is a simplified version of Magic: The Gathering. Like MTG, you create a deck of cards with different offensive and defensive abilities, with the ultimate goal of reducing your opponent's health points to zero. While you have no control over the order in which you draw your cards, the game offers hundreds of cards to to pick from to build a deck, giving you a wide variety of strategic approaches to suit your play style.
For the most part, Legends doesn't stray far from Hearthstone's path. The biggest difference is that you don't necessarily have to work through your opponent's played cards before you can attack him or her directly. This makes for much faster matches. Legends also mixes things up a little by giving you a free card draw for every 5 points of health you lose -- and some cards have potent abilities when they're drawn in this manner, which can make it a little nerve-wracking when you trigger your opponent's free draw. The game is free to play, and you can pay money to add randomly chosen cards or use earned in-game currency to buy cards.
Gwent was originally a game-within-a-game found within The Witcher 3, a popular role-playing game. Now it's a free-to-play standalone game. While games like Hearthstone are based on reducing your opponent's health to zero points, Gwent measures success according to the size of your deployed forces. But since each match is three rounds long, you don't necessarily want to play all of your cards too quickly. Otherwise, you could run out of forces to deploy in rounds two and three. You can't see your opponent's cards, so you can't tell how strong their forces could be. This creates some challenging and fun tactical situations, where sometimes it's better to lose a battle if it means winning the war.
Eternal Card Game falls between Elder Scrolls: Legends and Magic: The Gathering in gameplay complexity. Like MTG, you can select any available creatures to block most incoming attacks, and if you attack with a creature during your turn, they are "tapped" and cannot block during the opponent's next turn. These two mechanics are not present in ES:L or Hearthstone.
But the resource cost of each creature is a hybrid system; in ES:L, you automatically gain one additional point of power per round. In Eternal, like MTG, your power comes in the form of cards you must play each round -- but once played, they disappear. Eternal is a decent way to familiarize yourself with MTG's more complex gameplay without having to invest in card packs, but it's a compelling game in its own right.
Solitairica takes the rules of solitaire as a foundation and adds a few interesting twists. For one, the game's adversarial. Instead of just stacking cards in a series, you'll be fighting a computer-controlled opponent that's chipping away at your health points. As you stack cards, you'll gain various powers to defend yourself, hopefully long enough to remove all the cards from play before you run out of health. Solitairica has a charming cartoon art style and a variety of decks with different gameplay styles to suit your tastes. You also don't have to buy additional card packs from an online store. Ten dollars gets you everything the game has to offer.