Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Complex and intricate, with a stupefying number of cards (nearly 500) and turn phases (six), Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card game is the victim of too many good ideas thrown into one game. [Sept 2007, p.88]
  2. But if gin rummy and Texas Hold ‘Em constitute the bulk of your card-game playing, you should shy away from this one.
  3. While it’s certainly a well-made digital recreation of the original card game, this is the very definition of a niche title: for a small group of people, the game is a godsend, and for everyone else, it’s utterly incomprehensible.
  4. There really isn’t much to put it on top of the frustratingly huge avalanche of card games based on absolutely everything. You might already be playing it, and if so, it’s worth checking out simply for the online play. For everyone who isn’t a fan though, this isn’t worth playing.
  5. Overall, I can appreciate the concept behind Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game, but I just wish that it could have gone that extra mile and become more of a video game than just an electronic card game.
  6. 55
    Does little more than preserve the analog edition of the same game for posterity, as it existed right when it died.
  7. While the actual game is surprisingly fun, it is also poorly designed and horribly balanced, trying so hard to maintain the series' belief that "Alchemists are better than everyone else" that no thought was given to gameplay balance.

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