I touched on wrestling many moons ago in He Is Pile Driver, and here we return to the World’s Greatest Art Form (drama! Comedy! Music! Athleticism!) in WWE Super Card (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play).
2K revealed this week that the app was downloaded a whopping 1.5 million times in its first week, so I looked out my tightest spandex, oiled myself up and challenged WWE SuperCard to a no holds barred grappling session.
As the name suggests, WWE SuperCard is a card collecting game based around the great sport of wrestling. It doesn’t do a whole lot new, really, but it is oddly addictive.
In WWE SuperCard’s Exhibition mode, you head into battle against a representation of a fellow player’s deck (it’s ultimately meaningless in the sense that your “opponent” is oblivious to the match or its outcome), with five cards of your choosing: four muscle-bound bruisers and one beautiful Diva, alongside two modifiers.
Each match is a best of three, and we’re effectively playing Top Trumps with POW (power), TGH (toughness), SPD (speed) and CHR (charisma).
If the game tells you to brace for a POW match, you’ll (obviously) want to throw out one of your most powerful guys, and maybe chuck in one of your modifiers. Modifiers take the form of managers and objects, and essentially boost your stats or hinder your opponent’s.
WWE SuperCard occasionally throws in a tag-team match, and the twist here is that certain characters work well together (+10% to stats), some merely tolerate each other (no effect), while others are just downright incompatible (-5% modifier).
Win the best-of-three Exhibition match and you get to pick two new cards (you’ll get either a new character, a modifier or a boost each time); lose and you get a still-decent consolation prize of one card.
There’s further silliness in King of the Ring, a slightly convoluted mode clearly intended to keep you checking in. See, your team loses energy after each match (automatically played out at fixed intervals), and consequently cards either need juiced back up, or replaced with suitable subs. There are sexy prizes up for grabs if you can be bothered sticking with it, and there’s nothing to lose by playing.
Finally (sorry, I hadn’t expected to ramble on for so long about the mechanics), you can use spare cards to boost your deck, and combine two identical cards to make a Pro version of that superstar.
And that’s WWE SuperCard in a 400-word nutshell. Time for some quick pros and cons?
Bad stuff: the wrestlers have generic grunts (one for the girls, one for the guys) and equally generic music (ok, maybe it would’ve been a bit of a stretch to include all the genuine themes).
WWE SuperCard is also quite basic compared to the likes of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and suffers from the same old card collecting fatigue, where ultimately you realise you can pay to win (i.e. by buying fancy cards) instead of grinding, grinding, and grinding some more.
And two final niggles: there’s no option to auto-set your best hand (even though the game is aware of which cards are “best”, listing them in order on certain screens), while the third match (remember it’s best-of-three) is quite often completely redundant.
On the plus side (yes, there are pluses!), there are more than 400 cards, the card animations are decent to the point of being amusing at times, and the lack of energy system (in Exhibition mode anyway) means you can play to your heart’s content without restriction.
If you’re a fan of the wrestling, you’ll inevitably love WWE SuperCard; if you’re not, you probably won’t. As such, I thought it was pretty great.
- 400+ cards
- Decent/amusing card animations
- No energy system/restrictions in Exhibition
- Fairly basic
- Generic entrance themes and grunts
- Buy your way to glory
Summary: WWE SuperCard is an entirely decent card game. Wrestling fans will inevitably lap it up, though heathens might struggle with the abundance of semi-naked men.
iOS compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires Android: 2.3 and up