Collectible card games (CCGs) are in vogue right now, with plenty of options on PC and even more on mobile. While new titles come out all the time, only a handful have the originality and competitive quality to actually stick around and foster a healthy playerbase. Here are six of the best CCGs available to play on mobile right now.
Unlike traditional CCGs, Stormbound features a tug-of-war mechanic. When each player uses a card from their hand, it is deployed as a troop of creatures – or a structure, monster, or spell, depending on the card – on a grid map between the players’ strongholds. Creatures march down the map, engaging each other and ultimately crashing into the enemy stronghold. This adds a nice sense of physicality to the normally abstract trading of resources that most CCGs revolve around.
Warhammer Combat Cards
On the surface, Warhammer Combat Cards may seem simple and minimalistic. It uses small decks, simple cards with few stats and abilities, and very streamlined gameplay. Within this unassuming wrapper is actually a deep strategy card game that can be extremely satisfying once you’ve picked up on all the timing mechanics and army nuances. As another plus, Warhammer fans would appreciate getting to play with many of the iconic heroes and creatures of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra burst out on the scene in January 2020, but this newcomer to the genre has already carved a dedicated niche for itself. While it builds upon many of the mechanics of Magic: The Gathering, Legends of Runeterra has two features that make it a completely different beast. The first one is the game’s turn order system, which is more fluid and interactive than those of other CCGs, giving players plenty of opportunities for counterplay.
The second are the champions, powerful League of Legends characters which alter how each deck behaves. While they do narrow down deckbuilding options considerably, and force players into rigid archetypes, the champions add a lot of flavor to each match and give Legends of Runeterra a more action-like vibe.
We couldn’t omit Hearthstone from this list. Despite its age and the many innovative and original card games to come after it, Hearthstone is still arguably the most polished CCG on the scene. It boasts a very deep library of cards, frequent updates, and an autobattler mode called Battlegrounds.
If you like the gameplay of Hearthstone but don’t care for the Warcraft setting, this one is for you. Eternal is the best of the many, many Hearthstone-inspired CCGs on mobile. It has similar gameplay, but with its own twist and mechanics, and a much more interesting spellpunk-Western setting.
Teppen is another tug-of-war style CCG, but unlike Stormbound, the action happens in real-time. Using characters from Capcom’s library of games, Teppen has players deploy cards on a three-lane arena. They then battle it out in real-time, until one player’s defenses fail.
If the idea of throwing Mega Man’s Chill Penguin at Jill Valentine does not appeal to you, you still might be able to enjoy Teppen for its competitive quality, which has fostered a small but very dedicated esports scene.