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Gamelab Barcelona 15: Fighters of Fate turns rock-paper-scissors into a stylish anime beat 'em up

Think you're card enough?

Gamelab Barcelona 15: Fighters of Fate turns rock-paper-scissors into a stylish anime beat 'em up
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At a first glance, Fighters of Fate might seem like a rather fancy-looking version of rock, paper, scissors.

It's a head-to-head card battler, where each card is given one of three coloured glyphs. And there's a clear hierarchy about which colour will win out, when two are pitted against each other.

Red attacks are stronger than green attacks, which are effective against blue attacks, which win out against red'uns. If the two cards are of the same colour, both attacks are executed.

But rock, paper, scissors isn't a very deep game. You don't exactly see tournaments live on TV and, last I checked, it wasn't being played at the Olympics. For the most part, it's used to decide who pays for pizza.

But Fighters of Fate is smarter than that. Cards aren't just about colours - they also have abilities. And these will help players - who can fight online - devise a strategy.

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So if your opponent uses a card that will, say, power up her red skills for the next few rounds, maybe you should deploy a few blue cards to defend yourself. Or was it just a bluff, and you're about to fall into a trap?

And if her health is running low, you could suspect that she's about to play a green healing card. Maybe break out the red strength attacks.

These battles play out in stylish anime cutscenes with customisable characters. The whole thing looks like a cool new fighting game, but this is a card battler through and through. It will test your strategic smarts rather than your ability to input combos.

Fighters of Fate is coming to iOS and Android, and it's planned for launch later this year.