Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil Review
- Multiple online and offline slots; play as meticulously or as casually as you'd like.
- Tutorial gives a decent breakdown of the basic gameplay; relatively simple to learn as you play.
- Grating music selection; 'retro' is all well and good, but the ear-piercing chiptunes quickly go from catchy to nauseating.
- No real checks and balances to stop run-away leaders; if you get a good engine going early you'll crush the opposition.
Nothing can truly replace sitting around a table or in a circle on the floor with friends as you play a board game, but 'Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil' makes it easier to enjoy the game without the mess, and that's almost worth the entry fee alone.
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When you think 'Penny Arcade', you'll more than likely think about the online comic started by 'Gabe and Tycho'. The brand has almost become an institution that defines gaming for the world - irreverent, opinionated, but always willing to share a fun time with all who seek it.
Based on the 2011 deck-building card game of the same name, 'Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil' brings together familiar elements of popular titles like Ascension and Dominion while also adding in a unique spin of their own thanks to the inclusion of 'boss' stacks.
As the type of game suggests, your aim is to build a deck with the purpose of earn more victory points than your opponents before an end-game condition is triggered. Players start with a basic mix of 'tokens' and 'power' and providing they have enough of either, they can purchase additional cards with powerful abilities such as defending from the dreaded 'PAX Pox' to generating even more 'tokens' and 'power'. Better still, if you can generate enough 'tokens' or 'power' you can take on one of two 'boss' stacks, earning powerful loot cards to your deck.
The game, as presented in the iOS version, is stock standard and thanks to a tutorial and AI opponents you'll be able to jump in without much complication. The stacks you can choose from change from game to game and players can make their own choice from a variety of player cards (each with their own bonuses) at the start too.
As you can imagine, things are cluttered on smaller iOS devices, though most objects on the screen can be tapped to gain more information. It's not elegant, but it gets the job done.
Ultimately that's how 'Gamers vs. Evil' feels in general - the gameplay, while easy to pick up, lacks the same sort of depth found in similar titles. If nothing else it provides a handy way to play a round with friends thanks to the online option.
If you enjoy deck-builders or you're a big fan of Penny Arcade, you owe it to yourself to at least try 'Gamers vs. Evil' - it may not set the world on fire, but you'll get a few laughs and enjoy a few rounds before putting it down again.
Description***This game is NOT compatible with iPod Touch 2nd Generation***
iPhone 3GS; iPhone 4; iPhone 4S; iPhone 5
iPod touch 3rd generation; iPod touch 4th generation; iPod touch 5th generation; iPad; iPad2;iPad3
Requires: OS 4.3 and above
Down your Bat Milk, clean off your Cardboard Tube and charge into battle astride your Magical Unicorn Starsong; for evil is a foot with 6 toes…
Introducing Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil for iOS from Playdek and Cryptozoic Entertainment! This digital deck-building card game featuring classic Penny Arcade characters from the popular web comic, lets the player engage as Gabe, Tycho, or one of their dauntless allies in an epic battle against Evil! Your path is beset by foes like Dark Tycho, the infamous and infectious cauldron of disease PAX Pox and other Evils that stand in your way of becoming the Master Gamer! With 3 modes of play to choose from; play online with full asynchronous support, play locally against other would be masters, or AI opponents, the descent into madness that is Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil brings rabid rapture to the iOS.
•Offline and Online play
•Online Rematch option – There is no grace in defeat!
•Next Game button to allow you to move between multiple Online games when it’s your turn to play
•Human and AI opponents
•Game Center achievements
•Universal App – play on all your compatible iOS devices
•Single player vs AI
•Full asynchronous support for multiplayer online games
•Invite Game Center friends to online games
•Maintain multiple Saved games
•Online game timers
•Online player stats
•Card Gallery- See Faerie Candymancer in all of her splendor!
•Introductory Tutorial-To Penny Arcade, not Shucking
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