Card games can really be hit or miss on mobile. Some of them are excellent, others are nothing more than cheap cash grabs stuffed with in-app purchases and ads. However, there are some true gems out there, and we can confidently add Dark Mist to that list.
Dark Mist for Android is a roguelike deck builder that takes queues from the other titans of its genre while adding unique elements to keep the format from becoming obsolete. Instead of taking on one or two enemies at a time, instead face off against entire ranks and fend them off in waves until you finally take out their leader.
It’s like mixing Slay the Spire with Space Invaders and the end product is a lot of fun. Don’t be surprised if you see Dark Mist sneaking into our collection of the best card games for Android.
Dark Mist starts with just one playable class (Berserker) and allows you to unlock seven more by completing runs with each new class you gain. Classes each have their own approach to their victory conditions, much like how the different commanders work in Magic the Gathering.
For example, Berserker is all about big, meaty attacks and brute force enforcement of victory. At the same time, the bugmaster wants to work parasitic effects into enemy lines to gain an advantage.
In addition, you must take into account the flow of enemies. You face a whole army of enemies here, with the front line of three to four enemy maps being the only ones in range you can attack (unless you’ve managed to collect maps that give you longer range) .
Killing these frontliners will replace them with whoever assisted them until you make your way to the boss. Defeat the boss and you win this run. Die before it, and you can start over, build your deck, collect buffs, and try new strategies to avoid another failure.
Where it gets particularly difficult is with how your health works. In Dark Mist, your decks act as your health. You start with your life deck, from which you draw your cards, and build up a block deck as you use and discard them. When enemies attack you, they take cards from your block deck and keep them until they die, after which those cards go back into your life deck.
The strategy then is to balance your attacks and make sure you recapture your cards while slowly losing them in each wave of battles. Once you run out of cards in your life deck, your block deck is shuffled back in to rebuild. But if you run out of cards in your life deck and have nothing in your block deck to rebuild? You are dead!
Dark Mist is a mobile adaptation of a PC game, but the port is quite well done. The portrait orientation works well for the game’s UI, and card descriptions and event text are generally uncluttered and easy to read. This might seem like a low measure of what makes a good mobile port, but I’ve seen more than enough bad ones in our time to know that’s not always a given.
My only gripe with the UI is that the text boxes don’t always pop out properly, especially over enemy maps, requiring you to awkwardly slide your finger around in a way that you can still press and hold the map while showing the text at the same time.
In fact, I would say that Dark Mist is a better deal on mobile because this premium title will only cost you five bucks instead of the fifteen it costs you on Steam. That’s a pretty good value for a pretty great mobile card game. It is also occasionally offered for sale; I myself managed to snag it for just a dollar a while back.
Dark Mist isn’t flashy, but it knows its core audience and knows how to deliver an experience that makes roguelike deckbuilders fans happy. If this title manages to make its way into your gaming library, I have no doubt that you will love it.
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