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  • Summary: Runespell: Overture is a Poker/Yahtzee type game with power ups and collectible cards.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 20, 2011
    The only real complaint I have-besides the non-scrolling map mentioned earlier-is that the game has no multiplayer mode.
  2. Jul 21, 2011
    Addictive poker role playing with real tactical depth making sure every battle keeps you on your toes, all at a bargain price.
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    Overture deals a winning hand with this gem, delivering addictive gameplay in spades. [Nov 2011, p.52]
  4. Aug 5, 2011
    If you're looking for a card game and you're in love with the poker Runespell: Overture could be your game but keep in mind it has no multiplayer and the gameplay can be extremely repetitive.
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    I really enjoyed the ridiculousness of playing poker to stop ice wolves and castle guardians (just think about it…).
  6. Jul 29, 2011
    Delivers an interesting and fun variation of a traditional card game and turns it into a competitive puzzle with myriad nuances to its strategy. Unfortunately, it doesn't do enough to keep the variation fresh throughout.
  7. Jul 25, 2011
    Runespell: Overture is a puzzle RPG with quite a compelling story. The Battles are fought using a card based duel mechanic that seemingly tries to emulate the success of Puzzle Quest, but despite the nice graphics and a not-too-generic fantasy backdrop it still doesn't quite make it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Aug 4, 2011
    Original Indie Game. PuzzleQuest-like game with Pokers Elements and Magic: The Gathering elements. Great music, a well-written story and pretty cool 3D Characters. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2011
    An excellent game by a very talented team of developers. Mystic Box has delivered the perfect blend between RPG and casual card games. I really dug the story and the graphics and the music was awesome as well. Bought it day one on Steam and have played it several times. Really cool. Expand
  3. Jul 27, 2011
    Mystic Box took a very simple concept of poker and RPG and turned it into a very addictive game. I'm personally not a fan of poker in general but I absolutely love RPGs, which was why I gave the game a chance. The game-play is solid and straightforward, the music is fantastic and really sets you in the mood of the game, and the animations are simple but very smooth. Difficulty wise it might not be for everyone, for me it was just right, but for many others the later parts of the game might get very difficult and even frustrating.

    Now a few complaints are that the story mode itself is intriguing but at the same time very short. It also lacks replayability once you finish the story mode. Fortunately the developers have plans for many free updates that will fix those problems along with adding many additions like multiplayer, field effect cards, and many others.

    Overall, I recommend this game but please try the demo first to see if this is right for your taste. Especially for only 10 dollars plus free updates.
  4. Jul 27, 2011
    Runespell: Overture has an interesting art style that fits the game very well. Also the music fits in just right with how the game looks. It has a fairly decent learning curve, could mabey use a little tweaking though. (As in it gets a little hard a little to fast in one area.) The combat is refreshing and fun, and works very well. Power cards are fun to use. (These either do things like damage the opponent, heal you, or a large number of other things.) Sadly the game is not perfect, and has a few bugs, as is to be expected. The bugs are not, however, TO bad and shouldn't break the game for you. One big lacking feature is Multiplayer, but the developers have stated that they will be releasing multiplayer in a free content update. That's another thing about Runespell: Overture. The developers have said most content updates will be free. All in all this game is very fun to play, and while it has a few bugs here and there, should keep you interested for awhile. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    I honestly think this is the first computer based card game I have ever played. I have always passed them up thinking I would never enjoy them. Boy was I wrong. This truly is a well developed adventure. You essentially create poker hands against opponents to cause damage. The battle animation sequences keep it interesting to watch plus there are a decent number of card options, including offensive, defensive, and special abilities. As long as you understand how poker hands are ranked, this game is masterfully intuitive. If not, they even have that covered as well with an easy to follow tutorial. It also has a decent story although it's all text based so there is a bit of reading involved (you can skip conversations if you prefer). Do yourself a favor and give this game a shot. Expand
  6. May 4, 2012
    The core gameplay of Runespell is essentially a weird combination of poker solitaire and a trading card game. In each fight, you face the AI opponent in a card game where the goal is to take the other player's health to 0. You create poker hands from a solitaire style board, which can be used as attacks against enemies. The better the hand, the more damage the attack deals. Also, you can play cards from your sideboard, which have various effects such as dealing damage, blocking damage, or giving you extra actions on the current turn. While not as deep as either poker, or a typical trading card game, I still found it to be oddly addictive and fun. The card game is wrapped in an RPG story, which isn't particularly interesting. The dialog is painfully bad, and the story and quests are just an excuse to run you around the map fighting things. The artwork in the game does look really nice. The epic score almost seems like overkill for this game, but it's quite good. Overall, it's a neat little game, even if it doesn't quite reach its potential, and I applaud the developers for trying something different. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2011
    The Game looks like incomplete. The developers state,that they spend 2 years with the game. No one could believe this. Maybe every Sunday afternoon for 2 years! When you start the game,there is only one way to play - Story. That`s it. No Single player,no multiplayer,no quick game,no tournament,no map editor,no battle editor,no variations. Just the Story game. And believe or not,you can finish this game overnight. Yes,the game is really short,just about 20 battles or so. And then you can play the same story again. That`s it. No refunds. As the game cost £7.99 it is really wasting of your money. You can have any great tried-and-tested games in platinum editions under £5. Expand

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