Warstorm Gets Syp’s Thumbs-Up Of Approval

Thanks to both Dickie and Frank, I now have a new Facebook gaming addition — my first, really, for the Facebook gaming scene.  ‘Tis Warstorm, a snazzy little CCG title that takes the fun of Magic: The Gathering and strips away the insane cost, lengthy games and overly complex mechanics.

The two bloggers above did a great job covering the game, so I’ll just add a few things I really appreciated:

  1. I love how fast the games play out, and especially that I don’t have to worry about when and where to play cards.
  2. In fact, the “game” is really in your deck-building skills, which calls for some tough choices as you only have one hero and six unit spots to work with.
  3. Being able to play matches while tabbed out (as fun as they are to watch) helps keep this from becoming an overwhelming distraction.  I can set up games to play, then do some other stuff while they battle in the background.
  4. Warstorm provides a lot of ways to earn cards and packs without spending money, which I appreciate, although the money route is set up to be quicker and more tempting (per typical F2P item shop standards).
  5. There’s a nice achievements section that hands out actual rewards when you hit certain milestones.
  6. I also like that I can log in and the game encourages me to do a few different activities — reclaim lost territory, engage in the PvE campaign, participate in two daily challenges, and fight my friends.

This all said, of course Warstorm isn’t perfect.  There’s a legitimate point to the concern that the automated playing takes a little too much “game” out of the game (although I really do love the deck-building aspect), and anyone willing to plop down a ton of cash can quickly gain an advantage of sorts.  Of course, even with newbie decks, I was able to trounce players 15 levels above me, so there’s always a bit of chance going on.

Anyway, it’s not a full-time game, and that’s just fine — I don’t want anything but a brief diversion out of Facebook games.  But all things considered, I’m loving it.

5 thoughts on “Warstorm Gets Syp’s Thumbs-Up Of Approval

  1. Dickie May 10, 2010 / 10:09 am

    Thanks for the link love!

    I’d have to agree with the criticism of the cash shop giving a quick advantadge to those who chose to pay up. However, I haven’t run into more than a small handful of players that have obviously cash-constructed decks. And like you mentioned, sometimes Luck let you win out in the end.

    I think they could address that issue by building a matchmaking system that looks at either win-lose ratios or card rarity and matches you to similar players. It would also be neat to see some of the stats of your decks against your friends that challenge you while you’re offline.

    It is a lot of fun though. It is a quick diversion though, but I’ve been enjoying my time with the game so far.

  2. Blue Kae May 10, 2010 / 10:25 am

    Sounds like it might be a fun diversion, too bad it’s on Facebook though, I’m not getting on Facebook just to play a game.

  3. Syp May 10, 2010 / 11:15 am

    Kae, I meant to mention that there’s a browser version as well.

  4. Yogi May 10, 2010 / 12:54 pm

    Is it spammy like most Facebook titles? Cause if not this may be the first one I actually put some time into…. oh just read the comment about a browser version. SOLD!

    ;D

  5. Suxbad May 11, 2010 / 8:55 am

    I have gotten into it lately also. It can be spammy but I just hit the Ignore instead of Share option when those things pop. It definitely fills the time while I am doing something else online. It feeds just enough of my old school Magic fandom that I keep coming back… Must keep playing….I need..the next..better card of instant death.

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