• The Culdcept series has been around since the PS1 and Saturn era, with many entries following since. Although the West has only gotten a handful since the PS2 entry. The games have always been about playing a board game that also uses cards to win the game. But this latest entry is likely the most versatile of them all, since the pick up and play nature of the game is best suited for a handheld console. Although the game still relies a bit on luck, which is a point not in it’s favor.

    Culdcept Revolt has a story mode to go with it’s local and online multiplayer gameplay. But like the game suggests, the story mode deals with Cepters revolting against dictatorial rule. Cepters are the series card magic users that can summon monsters and use spells with cards. The Cepter that you play as is a Cepter that challenged the count of the land, and failed, losing their memory in the process. Because of course you do. So while you agree to help a rebel group called the Free Bats fight against the count, the other part of the story is recovering your memory and perhaps accomplishing your original mission. Maybe you’ll even save the world in the process.

    The gameplay flow involves playing a board game like map, with you rolling dice to move across the board. You’ll also draw cards that are of various monsters, equipment, and spells. The object of the game is usually to reach a designated total mana earned goal. You earn mana by completing a lap, but setting monster cards on tiles will garner you territory and extra mana. You’ll gain even more if you level up the monsters and put them on tiles that match their element. Of course you spend mana to do this, so you have to decide if it’s worth it to spend mana or save it for casting spells or swapping monsters between territories. Your opponents will try to fight your monsters if they think they can win and reclaim your territory, but you can defend your lands by using equip to either help them survive or defeating the encroaching enemies. If you fail to defeat the enemy when you decide to go on the offensive, or just decide it’s not worth it to fight an enemy tile, you’ll have to pay a mana collection toll. In a way it’s like a Monopoly game where the goal is to get the most overall money, and are forced to pay fees for landing on the opponents properties, but you have ways of fighting against that. Spell cards also can be used to give you more die or force you or an opponent to move a certain number of spaces. Some also can attack an enemy tile to weaken them for that turn. It’s actually pretty fun once you start getting further in the story mode.

    While story mode continues on, the game will ease you into the gameplay of Culdcept. But if you need extra help, you can buy booster packs either with in-game money, or use real world money for the online shop. Speaking of online, aside from the local multiplayer mode, there is online play. The game also uses 3D in interesting ways, and the game still manages to run at a smooth 60 frames per second. The music is pretty good too, and the artwork for the characters isn’t any slouch either. The only weak points in the game would be that the voice over that pronounces the names of the drawn cards is a bit silly with it’s overt seriousness. The real issue though is that even with all of this card battling gameplay going on, the game still relies mostly on luck to achieve victory. The first few levels of the campaign will give you a false impression, since I’m pretty sure the AI is tweaked to more or less let you win, at least until all of the gameplay elements are taught to you. After that point, the wheels come off, and then the game becomes pure chance. Otherwise, Culdcept Revolt is a solid entry in the series. Fans should be satisfied with the game, so it’s a good recommendation for them. Other players might find themselves wanting a bit more though.

    Culdcept Revolt - Review
    The best entry of the series to date, but you'll still be at the mercy of the dice rolls and the luck of the draw.
    Our Score7.5
    • This incarnation is likely provides the smoothest pick up and play experience the series has seen.
    • The game also eases the player into how it works.
    • A lot of the game still seems based on luck.
    7.5Overall Score
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