Top 10 best collectable card games on iPhone and iPad (iOS)
Are you a true card collector?
This might seem like a crazy list to compile.
Almost any collectible card game or card battler ought to have enough content to be almost a hobby unto itself. Even an entire lifestyle in some cases, with the addictive qualities involved. The idea that you need more than one in your life is verging on dangerous.
On the other hand, that makes it even more important that you select the best for your tastes before you get stuck in. You could be playing this thing for months, or years. So you want to make sure you're backing the right horse before putting your money down.
This is all from experience, given the way that Hearthstone has taken over my life. But a properly designed collectable card game on iOS is such a joy that it would be a shame not to have one as part of your gaming CV. Here are the runners for this race: pick one, and get yourself stuck in.Original list by Matt Thrower, updated by Cristina Mesesan
I love the graphic style in Meteorfall - it's got an adorable edge to it, instead of looking overly intense. Meteorfall is a deck-building roguelike where you are able to choose one of four adventurers (gaining their starter deck) and start on your adventure. Throughout the game, you can unlock more cards, fight monsters, battle, and swipe to play or skip cards. Meteorfall is a fun looking game with lots of replay value!Download Meteorfall
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars
Stormbound does things slightly differently then other CCGs. When each player uses a card from their hand, it is deployed as a troop in between the player's strongholds on the grid where gameplay begins. Creatures will be marching down the map, fighting each other, and eventually crashing into the enemy stronghold. It feels almost like a game of tug-of-war as you both place one card down, watch the spell, monster or structure appear, and then wait to attack their main stronghold.Download Stormbound: Kingdom Wars
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
GWENT: The Witcher Card game is a collectible card game based on the fantasy novel The Witcher. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you got a chance to play a mini-game called Gwent. Since players really like this mini-game, developers decided to create a whole game about Gwent.
The game has cool animated fights between the cards and this card game is easy to learn. However, here you have many tools for different tactics, which makes the gameplay more interesting. Collect cards, use the most effective strategy and defeat your enemies.Download Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Slay the Spire
Slay the Spire is a procedurally generated deck-building roguelike where, in each run, you are able to build up your base deck, upgrade cards and burn ones that aren't useful. Over time, you can unlock different starting heroes that have slightly different hands.
Slay the Spire is a really fun game - with so many different enemies to attack and ways to keep your deck interesting, it's well worth a look. We have created a list of the best characters in Slay the Spire, to make it easier for you, but not only that; we also have a Slay the Spire card tier list. Both will make your gameplay much easier.Download Slay the Spire
Shadowverse is a game that looks and acts similar to Hearthstone, however, in this game, it is much easier to unlock new cards instead of paying for new packs for your decks. There are still options to purchase cards, but you can unlock more without using your real-life money, and an ability to temporarily use cards using in-game currency.
Otherwise, Shadowverse is a deckbuilding game that uses a lot of skill and strategy in the way you play - so do expect to spend some time tinkering around with your decks in this one.Download Shadowverse
Spellstone is the junk food of the CCG world. It's ridiculously simple. You build a tiny deck from your collection and play games with a hand of just three cards. Each one you lay down joins a queue, and deals damage to the card opposite. If there's no card opposite, it damages the player instead.
Individual games slip down too easily to be satisfying. But the package runs from card collection and quests to crafting and arena-style play against other people. As a whole, it's amusing and addictive. Plus games are so quick you can maintain your habit for a minimal investment of time.Download Spellstone
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
We can't go far into the list without mentioning the elephant in the room. Developed by Blizzard, you'd expect Hearthstone to be a fantastic mix of strategy, excitement and addiction. It doesn't disappoint.
It also runs on a generous IAP model, to the point where it's regularly held up as the pinnacle of free to play "done right". it's entirely possible to enjoy the game and succeed at relatively high levels without paying a penny. You just need regular play to earn in-game gold to fund your habit. Most certainly, the most popular card collectible game on iOS.Download Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Magic: The Gathering Arena
The newest version of Magic the Gathering, on mobile - Magic: The Gathering Arena works exactly like the physical card game. Using your decks of cards, you can generate five different colors of mana - then use the mana to summon creatures, activate your special abilities and cast spells. This is how you battle other players - killing off their health before they take yours down. Considering the history of MTG, you have probably heard of this card collectible game before it even hit iOS. Read all about our MTG meta guide if you're interested in this tabletop/digital CCG.Download Magic: The Gathering Arena
If you are looking for a more complex card game, Pathfinder Adventures is one to take a look at. This game is more than just card collecting and deck building - with dice-rolling and more mashed in. You will be going on adventures with characters in your party - finding items to help protect you and spells to take down enemies who might be in your path.
It's a game where the tutorials will really help you along - and it does take more than strategy to do very well in this game - you will need a touch of luck.Download Pathfinder Adventures
Marvel Snap is a collectible card game in the Marvel universe. You can collect a card dream team using the franchise's heroes, villains, secondary characters, and their abilities. Marvel Snap has both PvP and PvE modes. The matches are short - the approximate time of the battle is about three minutes. In the game, you can find 150 unique cards and 50 different locations. But in the future, as updates are released, the amount of content will increase. If you are looking for a collectible card game about heroes and villains of the Marvel universe, you should definitely check it out. And if you need any help picking the right cards, we made a Marvel Snap tier list that will be of assistance.Download Marvel Snap