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The modern collectible card game genre owes a lot to Magic: The Gathering – a fantasy-themed card battle game designed by Richard Garfield. With a strategic gameplay and superb artwork, the card battle game is still played today by millions. Most card battle games of today have similar gameplay elements. Card games for the console and handheld devices such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Digimon stand apart because of their distinctive gameplay. There are also plenty of online card battle games with different themes, but most of them are multiplayer. Only a few titles are single-player card battle games that do not require any signups to play. Here’s a list of the best online collectible card games that allows you to play against the AI and requires no registration:
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A free online card battle game with gameplay mechanics similar to Magic: The Gathering, Necronomicon is based on the Cthulhu mythos. This lovecraftian theme makes the game more interesting and engaging. The objective is to reduce your opponent’s life to 0, but the highlight of the game is its sanity total. You and your opponent’s lose sanity while playing most cards and if you keep the sanity level of your opponent lowest, your opponent will go “insane" and this could really help you win the game more easily.
In Necronomicon, you will have to draw one card from five random cards and click on a mysterious book in the middle to play the card. You will then have to wait for your opponent’s turn to play his cards. The harder the difficulty level, the more challenging is the opponent, who will leave no stone unturned to reduce your sanity level and your life. There are additional bonus cards to be unlocked and different surprise effects once the sanity level reaches below zero, adding more strategy and intensity to the game. The card artwork is not as good as Magic: The Gathering, but the background does have a dark theme. Overall, Necronomicon is an excellent card battle game with a great theme and gameplay.
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A strategy card battle game, Mytheria has a sci-fi theme. The gameplay is similar to Necronomicon, but there are additional features to spice up the intense card battle between two opponents. The goal is to reduce your opponent’s life to zero or make sure that they don’t have any spare cards to play. You will have different types of attack cards categorized into different classes. There are a variety of attack cards to be unlocked, but you will have to buy them with the available “power".
After each turn, you can increase your power and then buy more cards. The more power you have, the more cards you can unlock, including those that provide additional firepower and strength to your basic soldier class cards. When ready, you will have to draw cards and unleash their destructive abilities to snatch lives of your opponents. Mytheria has a simple and clutter-free interface, which makes gameplay extremely satisfying.
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Inuyasha Demon Tournament
Demon Tournament is one of the best online card battle games, courtesy of its unique gameplay concept. In this game, two warriors battle out to gain access to Shikon jewel. Basically, it is a fighting game with elements of a card battle genre. On you right hand side you have a small map that displays you and your opponent’s positions. You have a variety of cards with different moves and spell assaults and you will have to draw only three cards to move and attack your opponent. Your opponent does the same and an intense fight takes place, but lasts only three cards until the next round.
Demon Tournament has excellent anime-styled visuals and lovely animated fight moves. The strategy of the game lies in choosing the right moves and attacks to defeat your opponent. Some of the spell assaults cover more than a single block of square, which can have devastating effect on the opponent, even if he is way off the reach of you. All these aspects makes the game very immersive and appealing to a wider audience and not just card battle fans.
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- Necronomicon: http://www.kongregate.com/games/GamesofCthulhu/the-necronomicon
- Mytheria: http://www.kongregate.com/games/DiffusionGames/mytheria
- Inuyasha Demon Tournament: http://games.adultswim.com/demon-tournament-action-online-game.html
- Screenshots by the author.