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  • Summary: Mahokenshi is a potent combination of deck building and hex-grid strategy combining the deep tactical play of card games, with the strategic turn-based thinking of board games. As a Mahokenshi - a Samurai Mage from one of the Celestial Isles' four houses - you will need to protect theMahokenshi is a potent combination of deck building and hex-grid strategy combining the deep tactical play of card games, with the strategic turn-based thinking of board games. As a Mahokenshi - a Samurai Mage from one of the Celestial Isles' four houses - you will need to protect the Kingdom against an encroaching corruption. Through strategy, positioning and tactics, utilise your card deck to explore the world, vanquish demons and banish the evil that plagues the land.

    Brimming with challenge, Mahokenshi invites players to explore a vibrant world filled with quests, cards and formidable foes, to restore peace one hex at a time.
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  1. Jan 24, 2023
    80
    While Mahokenshi definitely reminds me of Castle Morihisa, its pacing and balance is a bit better than that unfortunate adventure. Keep in mind this is very much still a challenging and sometimes brutal game, and you’ll have to grind quite a bit to get through every mission. That said, it’s a game with a creative premise, attractive artwork, and many ways to strategize. If you’re at all a fan of deckbuilders and don’t mind some occasional difficulty spikes, I’d definitely check Mahokenshi out.
  2. Jan 25, 2023
    80
    Mahokenshi is very different from games like Slay the Spire. Its replayability is limited because you’ll be replaying the same missions with the same enemies and challenges all over again. Once you’re done with the main story, you’re probably not going to return to it just to run the same missions with a different class. That being said, I did like the gameplay loop and those who love games like Across the Obelisk will find Mahokenshi mildly interesting. I say “mildly” because Mahokenshi lacks the complexity of other deckbuilding card games. I definitely recommend it to anyone enjoying these types of games, especially since it brings some new to the table.
  3. Jan 27, 2023
    80
    While I wouldn’t use the word “perfect,” Mahokenshi offered a truly fun experience that far exceeded any expectations I could have had. It has restored my faith that there is room for innovation in its genre. This game is fun, not too easy or too hard (nor too long or too short), offers a compelling world for its gameplay, and overall is something I feel quite comfortable recommending to anyone and everyone who likes mixing cards with video games, but it also has potential for people outside of this genre as well. Check it out!
  4. Jan 26, 2023
    75
    Mahokenshi has a cool concept and plenty of high moments. It lacks that special something to separate a good deck builder from a great deck builder. It's too slow, too repetitive, and a touch too easy. Even taking that into account, you'll still get hours of gameplay out of the loop, and if that works for you, it's easy to see it becoming a niche favorite. With the deck builder market so crowded, Mahokenshi doesn't stand out as much as it should, but it's still a well-made game.
  5. Feb 2, 2023
    73
    A game structured by collecting the major features of popular genres such as TRPG and deck buildings. While each stage is a little bit too long and the deck building feature has a room for development, the game offers a unique experience that is differentiated in similar genres.
  6. Jan 26, 2023
    70
    If you’re able to look past a slightly stereotypical use of Japanese mythos and the lack of long-term enjoyment, Mahokenshi perennial deckbuilding provides enjoyment. Save for a few minor frustrations, this is one of the more accessible entries into the genre.
  7. Jan 30, 2023
    50
    While its art style is pleasing to the eye, the low resolution appearance of the textures, even when the game is played on the pre-determined "High" visual quality setting, make models and other assets appear blurry and indistinct. The minimalistic nature of the options menu makes it effectively impossible for players to rectify this through further increases and tweaking. The message is clear: Either accept mediocrity, in all areas, or walk away. Given said options, walking away may well be the only viable solution.

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