Review: Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (iPad)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 19:48
So it amazes me that it’s taken three yearly instalments of the Duals of the Planeswalkers series for it to come to the iPad. The good news is that it’s worth the wait.
(Check out our review of last year's game here)
For the uninitiated, Duals of the Planeswalkers is an “arcade” take on the collectable card game. Rather than carefully construct a deck of cards from hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars worth of cards to try and find the ultimate combination that will destroy all comers, these games give players a choice from a few pre-set decks that have been carefully built for balance. There’s not much room to customise the decks, which is a bit off-putting for Magic veterans, but it does make the overall game far more accessible and fair for players of all experience levels. And so, in turn, the game is actually more strategic because it’s not a case of “he who spends the most money wins the game.”
Of course, the nature of a card game means there’s some randomness to it. The rules of Magic are nuanced enough that the more skilled player is likely to win, but there will always be some instances where the cards just don’t fall in your favour, or that at a critical moment you’ll draw the most hopeless card possible. For some this is going to be frustrating – especially as the progression through the campaign relies on being opponents in sequential order, and it means that in multiplayer there are going to be matchups where you want to quit out of frustration.
The end result is a game that is premium priced by iPad standards, but well worth the investment. It’s another feather on the cap – proof positive that as much as the detractors would like to stick their heads in the sand and hope the “problem” goes away, the iPad is the real deal for gaming experiences. This is console-quality in every sense of the word.
- Matt S
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