On Flash Games: Good Games 3: Mytheria
A flash-based card game that’s fun, if derivative.
Mytheria is a science-fiction themed flash card game, that owes a fair bit to Magic: The Gathering, even to the point of the Kongregate badge for completing twelve challeges being called a “Black Lotus Badge”. Nonetheless, this game is different enough to remain compelling.
Mytheria allows a player to access his resources in an interesting fashion – before your turn begins, you get to choose to either increase your power in one of the five colors (red, blue, black, white, or purple) or draw a card. Cards cost a given amount of power, but some can be played at the cost of life or discarding. Your power level in a given color refreshes each turn. The cards you can play are creatures and modifiers.
After you’ve chosen a card or power, and played your cards, it’s time to attack with your creatures, you attack with them one at a time, as opposed to Magic’s en masse paradigm. Creatures can also attack the first turn they are in play, as well. Blocking works much the same way. An creature deals its power to the player’s life total, unless blocked, where the two creatures deal damage to each other. Creatures all recover one point of power (which is both how much they deal and how much they can take) each round, as opposed to Magic’s cleanup phase.
There are five colors, each associated with a culture and play style.
Red: The mercenary Scythians, this color centers around cheap, fast creatures that enhance themselves based on how many you have. It also has cards that deal damage to enemy creatures, allowing you to attack.
White: The religious Solarians, white is strongly defensive, with a few effects enhancing your creatures, and preventing attacks.
Blue: The technologically adept Hrathians, Blue is much like Magic’s White – swarming your enemy with cheap creatures.
Purple: The corrupt Myrkins. Purple works by slowing your opponent down – draining your opponent’s power and returning his creatures to his hand.
Black: The evil Blackguard – Strong, aggressive creatures, creature removal and power increases, and effects that damage both players.
With that, we’ve reviewed Mytheria – a fun, if unoriginal game that lets one stretch their card game muscles.
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