Pathfinder Adventure Card Game finally arrives on the App Store27 Apr 2016 108
It's been a long time coming but Paizo's role-playing card game, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, has finally made its way to the App Store and Google Play.
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game uses cards to mimic a role-playing game experience including a lengthy campaign, leveling-up, and everything else you'd expect from a regular tabletop RPG. Each character will have their own deck which represents hit points as well as all the equipment, spells, and allies that your characters has picked up along the way. If at any point your deck is exhausted, your character falls. Adventures are based around the Rise of the Runelords adventure path and each pack will cost either some real coin or in-game currency which you earn by finishing scenarios, killing monsters, and more.
That's for the adventure path. The game is free to download and includes the Perils of the Lost Coast adventure, which is a shorter 3-part campagin. It also includes different difficulty levels and was rumored to have random quests so grinding for in-game cash shouldn't be too much of a chore.
The biggest advantage the digital version has over the cardboard one is no setup time and theme. The tabletop version is a bear to get on the table, with multiple decks to create and shuffle. It's also a pain to keep track of multiple characters when playing solo. A knock on the tabletop game is that it feels gamey and the RPG theme can get lost in the mechanics. I don't totally subscribe to those complaints, but the app removes the "card" feel of all the different locations and has beautiful art instead. Playing the preview back in March, theme definitely wasn't an issue.
The game currently supports solo play (which works great, controlling multiple characters) or pass-and-play. Online multiplayer was talked about, but isn't present at launch.
PACG is available for iPad and Android tablets. We were unable to get a review copy before release, so Kelsey's review is just getting underway. Look for it next week.