Suits and Swords follows the recent trend of mixing genres which has been rather popular lately. Developed by Sony Pictures Television, has chosen to make this title a mesh between the RPG and puzzle genres.
Your character, Captain Black Jack, is on a mission to save the four card realms from The Joker. These four realms will be the lands you journey across throughout your mission. Each land is named after a suit from a deck of cards. The inhabitants are named directly after, or something close to, terms for playing cards and card games. The story isn’t as engaging as some of your popular RPG titles, but it’s enough to keep you mildly interested while carrying out your mission.
If you’re familiar with the card game Blackjack you’ll be right at home with Suits and Swords. It’s basically Blackjack while adding magical elements that allow you to add to or subtract from the score of your hand. You have to get as close to 21 as possible without going over, and if you’re closer than your opponent (who acts as the dealer) you deal them damage. This is how battles are won so you can progress the story.
At times Suits and Swords can be described in two words; unfairly difficult. With casino games the fun is in simply playing a round of cards, placing your bet, and seeing what lady luck has in store for you. In a game of Blackjack, a hand of 19 is pretty good. Not the best, but certainly enough to win against most other hands. In Suits and Swords, it’s practically suicide to stay on anything less than 20, since the dealer usually has an ace and a picture card up their sleeve. I’d recommend playing this game alone, because it will definitely have you screaming all sorts of expletives you may or may not want others around you to hear.
“Pay to win” isn’t a satisfying gameplay mechanic. Even with that said, it’s not like spending money is going to guarantee you a win in this game. The dealer can (and often does) end up with 21 through “luck”. This “luck” seems heavily weighted in your opponent’s favor, leading to preposterous situations in which you, a heavily armoured human knight, routinely lose to an owl.
Suits and Swords is available for a free download. If you’re looking for something different when it comes to card games then you might be in luck. Don’t say we didn’t warn you if after you’ve played this free game you feel “cheated”. Leave us a comment below and let us know how you felt about the game.