Free browser-based card combat game Card Hunter has arrived on Steam, coinciding with the launch of its new sci-fi expansion Expedition to the Sky Citadel.
The turn-based RPG's latest add-on includes six new adventures as players get whisked away on a starship "toying with advanced weaponry beyond their understanding" while an advanced AI plays dungeon master.
Furthermore, Card Hunter now has co-op!
Come, traveller, lean in and let me tell you how I defeated the lizardmen guardians of the Temple of Scales.
The air was clammy that evening. Humid, heavy with the jungle heat, and we'd fought the lizardmen to within an inch of our lives. Our priest's magic was exhausted, our warrior's armour worn down and I, for reasons too complex to explain just now, had completely forgotten how to walk. The lizardmen bore down on us, their forked tongues flicking.
Then, just as all seemed lost, I loosed a spell that hurled our foes into the air, tossing them across the battlefield to land wherever fate chose. The lizardmen flew far, giving us time to catch our breath. Fate chose for us, that day, though it's not always been such a kindly mistress...
Card Hunter is a wonderfully genial sort of name for a video game - and the video game it belongs to seems suitably inviting, too. Blue Manchu's debut seeks to blend the collectible card game genre with the endless thrills of a good dungeon crawler, and if that doesn't sound cozy enough, it's also wrapping everything up in trappings that invoke the pizza-fuelled late nights of an '80s D&D session. I gather if you roll a double six, Judge Reinhold and Steve Guttenberg will appear and destroy you.
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