Shelter: A Survival Card Game

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    Shelter: A Survival Card Game's review

    Published: 2013-11-13, by Peter Warrior.

    A zombie survival card game

    • Outstanding gameplay
    • UI design and usability
    • It could be more spectacular: lack of animations

    "Full House...of zombies"

    Champagne! When we had already give away any hope, here comes Shelter, which is a great two for one offer. It's a zombie game, this is, a game about zombies, survival-ism and more zombies, and it's also a card game, you have to build your deck and play your cards wisely. Therefore, we have here a competent, bloody and non-cartoony zombie game AND a competent, bloody and non-cartoony card game. It's a panacea, unless you were looking for an action game, of course.

    Gameplay involves a D6 (short for traditional, everyday die you are used to) and can be learn even if you haven't ever played a card game before. It's based on health points (you lose when they reach zero) and action points (mana) to use cards both for attack (firearms and melee weapons), and defend (barricades and obstacles) from the incoming zombies. Cards are beautifully hand-drawn, though aren't as spectacular as other mobile card games. This game is heavily focused on its story mode, so it can be played solo for a long time. Decks can be managed and changed with the cards you have obtained, but the catalog is closed: there aren't ultra-super-unbalanced rare cards purchasable via in-app store.

    On the other hand, there aren't animations and the tutorial might well not be enough to avoid a little bit of trial and error the first matches.

    In conclusion, a well rounded game, suited for any strategy lover looking for a smart and challenging game.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Nov 13, 2013


    Shelter is an exciting new zombie card-dueling game.

    Playing like a hybrid of a collectible card game and the castle defense genre, Shelter will provide you with hours of challenging play.

    Defend yourself from the zombie onslaught as you fight to be reunited with the woman you love. You define your strategy, but be warned...

    ...You'll need to adapt to survive.


    - Deep but accessible gameplay. Easy to learn. Hard to master.
    - More than 100 game cards.
    - Integrated deck builder for deeply customizable play.
    - Graphic novel & comic inspired hand drawn artwork.
    - Compelling story and characters.
    - 5 Campaign levels including a free roaming level.


    The inspiration for Shelter comes from the desire to combine the complex, rich gaming mechanics of collectible card dueling games with the simple accessible gameplay of the castle defense genre.

    Shelter is an asymmetric single-player card game where you build a deck of dueling cards and take them into battle against a zombie deck that "plays itself". The zombie deck is not controlled by a hideously complex AI, but plays based on a simple set of rules with dice rolls to add the element of chance. You must fight off the waves of zombies before they smash your shelter's barricades and start munching on your brains.

    You choose your survival strategy when you build your deck. Do you pack as many guns into your deck as you can? Do you use traps and reinforce your defenses? Do you stun stronger zombies and pick off the weak ones? You have the freedom to play as you want.

    As you win duels, you will be rewarded with new cards to work into your deck and streamline your play style. You will also meet allies throughout the campaign who you take into battle with you. Each ally brings 5 themed cards to the table that allow you to experience different styles of play.

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