I muttered my Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name for iPad roguelite/CCG Dream Quest a couple of times last year. It’s the ugliest game, but it’s the best game – think Hearthstone re-imagined as a singleplayer dungeon crawler in which new cards for your deck are accrued purely as you play. It’s really elegantly-designed and monstrously compulsive, fusing two genres in a way which seems entirely natural, enjoying remarkable balance despite containing so many card and enemy types, and it’s a game you learn organically over a long time without ever being punished in the process. I know its Windows Paint-style art is an affront to all that is good in the world, but it honestly is worth swallowing your aesthetic pride, because what’s underneath is truly excellent.
Turns out there was a completely promoted PC version too, but you needed a very specific URL for a Humble widget in order to find it. It’s $10, but it’s also available from Vodo (a new one on me, if I’m honest) for a few dollars less.
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