If you’ve ever donned a bedsheet as a cape or fashioned a broadsword out of a couple of tree branches, you’ll feel right at home with Knights of the Card Table. This playfully nostalgic card-based role-playing game lets you guide a band of neighborhood heroes into battle with dungeons full of monsters.
You’ll be up to your armpits in nasty spiders, dreaded mailmen, vampire cats, living skeletons, and (dramatic pause) pizza delivery guys! But you’ve got luck on your side. Every dungeon is built from playing cards. Your job: Run through the entire deck without dying.
Some of the cards are items. Many more are monsters, and they’re definitely no pushovers. Roll dice to fight; get a higher number than the enemy’s health and they’re toast. Easy, right?
Not so fast. You can switch the order of the cards at will, adding a great deal of strategy to how your deck plays out. Some cards fill up your health; others give you damage-dealing boosts or drain your power, leaving you vulnerable to stronger monsters. The right card order is the difference between a lengthy run or a game over.
Don’t think you can avoid the bad cards, either. Each dungeon’s deck has to be completely cleared out for you to move forward, so you’ll eventually need to fight off those angry cat ladies and mace-wielding ghosts.
Card combos mix up the strategy even further. Destroy three enemies in a row and gain a damage boost. Chug down three power milks to stack some extra power on your next attack. Do you bulldoze through baddies to line up a damage buff? Do you use your magic on grunts or save it for bosses? Every decision changes the way the deck plays out.
As you level up, you’ll unlock plenty of sweet homemade combat gear and powerful new classes, like the Punchboxer and Sodamancer, each with its own traits. Stock up on lifesaving ice pops and precious gold coins: It’s going to take both luck and skill to master this table.