Faeria from Abrakam Entertainment and Versus Evil is a very fun and addictive fantasy themed deckbuilding card game on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Faeria review!
In Faeria from Versus Evil and Abrakam Entertainment is a very fun and highly addictive deck building strategy card game now out on Nintendo Switch. When you start your journey, the first thing that will happen is the game will let you know that a Faeria account will be created so that it can tied to your Nintendo account. While this is happening, the game will download some required extra files to sort things out – this shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. The game will then immediately throw you into your first match so that you can learn the basics as you play along to the tutorial.
The game’s premise is simple: you will need to use your deck and resources to build lands and summon creatures you can use to attack your enemy. Do this enough times, and you’ll be able to break its orb, thus winning the battle. You will do this by spending Faeria –the in-game currency -, which you will get some of during every turn. You can move a cursor around the playing field once you’ve pressed the ZR button to select a land, using the A button on the spots you want to build.
The creatures you can summon will have three main stats for you to keep in mind. There’s cost on the upper left corner, which is the amount of Faeria needed to put them into play. Attack will dictate how much damage a unit can deal in battle. And then there’s Life, which establishes how much damage a creature can withstand before it’s defeated. When you summon a creature, it must wait a turn before it can attack. Once that turn has passed, a creature under your control can be used to attack enemies, or you can decide to move it into a better position, always with the main goal of destroying your opponent in the process.
Creatures can also be used to gather extra Faeria from any wells on the board. Between that extra Faeria, as well as any leftover Faeria from your turn which will be saved up for your next turn, you will surely have enough to summon a solid variety of creatures into play. Wells will generate more Faeria during each new turn, so you might want to keep a creature or two near them all times, so that you can build up enough Faeria to summon the more expensive – but also way more powerful – creatures in your group.
Some creatures will require a particular type of land so that you can summon them there. Take, for example, the Deepwood Grizzly. This creature, which has three attack points and eight life points, can be summoned for a reasonable five Faeria asking price. But in order for you to do this, you must have a forest land under your control! More powerful creatures might require you to have multiple forests under your command, so be sure to pay attention to the cards you’re dealt at the start of each turn and act accordingly.
Faeria can also be used to activate ability cards, so that they can be brought into play to spice things up. Perhaps you have access to a handy ability that can deal one point of damage to any creature on the board, which might be exactly what you need to defeat a powerful creature that has been heavily damaged by the units you sacrificed in the frontlines to deal enough damage for that extra point to do its thing. Some creatures might have a special bonus that will trigger when they’re played onto the board, which adds an extra layer of strategy.
Along with battles in which you’ll have to slowly by surely chip away at your opponent’s health, you will also run into puzzle stages. For these special stages, you will have to use the creature summons, abilities and Faeria at your disposal to complete the puzzle before you. Plan things right and make the right moves, and you will be victorious! Puzzles will start out a bit on the easy side of the spectrum, but the further you progress in the game, the higher the difficulty of the challenge you will face.
Every success you have, be that from a versus battle or from solving a puzzle stage, will reward you with experience points. There are no card packs to buy for Faeria, which means that you will need to put in the time and gain enough experience points to unlock new cards for your deck. You also need to level up to unlock new modes – like the Puzzle mode – so be sure to keep playing every day to see how much progress you can make on your journey to becoming the best!
You can build your deck from scratch by combining the different cards you’ve unlocked as you try to find the right balance. Once you’ve created a new deck, be sure to save it so that you can easily select it before a battle. There’s also the option of using the unlocked Formula to quickly create themed decks in seconds. Formula are themed decks that will take care of all of the “sort cards and add what works best.” The more objectives and missions you complete, and the further you progress in the game, the bigger your variety of cards for deckbuilding.
Since this is a deck building strategy game, there is a variety of DLC content up for grabs. There are some that allow you to unlock all regular cosmetic items for cardbacks, wells, avatars, and orbs. Another one gives you a Premium Edition that doubles your XP, gives you special cosmetics, a ton of shards, and grants more deck slots. The Elements pack adds 40 new puzzle challenges for you to take on. And then, there’s a trio of DLC story packs that add new cards into the mix, as well as new gameplay mechanics!
Faeria is a very fun and addictive fantasy themed deckbuilding card game that is a must-play on Nintendo Switch. It’s one of those games that eases you into things, introducing new stuff at a steady pace while giving you a chance to learn about it as you go. It’s a game that you can start to play and, before you know it, hours have passed, and you’ve only barely scratched the surface of what the main game has to offer. Add the extra content from the DLC that adds new cards and some new gameplay mechanics, and you have dozens of hours of fun ahead of you. Faeria is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.
This Faeria review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Versus Evil.