How does Gwent’s mature Gameplay (and card art) stack up?
Come for the art, stay for the games
If you’re looking for a free-to-play game that taxes your brain more than the usual shooter or tower defense, then a collectible card game is for you. In particular, we like the now open-beta* Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.
The most immediate difference from other card games is that winning in Gwent is a best-of-three affair. You also draw your entire hand at the beginning and only pluck an additional two, then one card in the succeeding rounds. This gives it a faster pace compared to other games, like Hearthstone, with less dead air at the start while you wait for cards or mana to stack up. To win a round, you need to have a higher numerical total strength–spread across three rows. Strategy and math wins the day over mindless tapping, but laced with the same addictive sense of daily progression of other F2P titles.
Those graphics, Though!