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  • Summary: In Hand of Fate, players collect equipment, items, artifacts and enemies as in-game collectible cards in a card based RPG; then play their deck, bringing to video game life a beautiful 3D world in which gamers make difficult decisions. Sometimes their choices have unexpected consequencesIn Hand of Fate, players collect equipment, items, artifacts and enemies as in-game collectible cards in a card based RPG; then play their deck, bringing to video game life a beautiful 3D world in which gamers make difficult decisions. Sometimes their choices have unexpected consequences and players must crush their foes utilizing a third person action-adventure combat system. The more bosses a player defeats, the more cards they obtain. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    It is a massively atmospheric title with an invigorating, original set of mechanics. It's the kind of creativity we like to see from indie game developers, and shame on the Australian Government for stifling that.
  2. Feb 26, 2015
    90
    Whether you're sitting down for a quick coffee break adventure, or an all-night binge, Hand of Fate delivers in spades.
  3. Apr 9, 2015
    88
    Hand of Fate is a devastatingly addictive adventure game that mixes card collecting with fast-paced third-person action and board games. Although full of disparate ideas, the game is never confusing. It has a few technical issues and I would have preferred a way to continue, but none of that should keep you from experiencing Hand of Fate.
  4. Feb 21, 2015
    80
    Each adventure through Hand of Fate has allowed me to imagine myself journeying through many far off places, meeting different people, and overcoming any number of obstacles. Even in the face of many technical issues I’m so hooked that I can’t help but continue to come back for more with each passing day.
  5. Mar 11, 2015
    80
    Defiant has done a fantastic job of marrying together two very different flavours of game, presenting it a stylish package that feels one part adventure book, one part action brawler.
  6. 80
    Although it's technically flawed in more than a few ways, Hand of Fate is an intriguing premise that delivers an old-fashioned choose-your-own-adventure style card game that's infinitely replayable.
  7. Feb 17, 2015
    60
    Hand of Fate comes so close to being something really special – an unexpected concoction of genres and ideas that meshes together superbly to create a really fun experience that's both involving and rewarding, at least in short bursts. But, unfortunately, its potential is cut short by a lack of options and awkward third-person game segments that should really know better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 8, 2015
    9
    This is a very fun game if you enjoy playing board or card games with friends and have a little imagination. You make choices in regards toThis is a very fun game if you enjoy playing board or card games with friends and have a little imagination. You make choices in regards to encounter cards that pop up over the course of a campaign. Results can range from simply getting better supplies, curses or blessings, having to play a shuffle card game, or going to combat with enemies in the style of a less-sophisticated Arkham/Shadow of Mordor system.

    If you ever played Arkham Horror, DnD or a similar board game and wanted to actually fight rather than roll dice, this game may be for you.

    Pros:
    - Phenomenal voice acting
    - really unique and good looking art style
    - fun story telling and encounters
    - well balanced, can become a stiff challenge
    - story and endless mode

    Cons:
    - combat merely gets the job done
    - bad load times
    - slow down
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  2. Apr 30, 2015
    9
    Interesting game that has a ‘Magic-ish’ feel to it. Accumulate cards to use as you draw them. Like another person said, sometimes it gets aInteresting game that has a ‘Magic-ish’ feel to it. Accumulate cards to use as you draw them. Like another person said, sometimes it gets a little buggy (choppy video, once lost all sound), but worth the price of the download. Mini-missions, games can be quick or take longer, downside is there is no save option DURING a quest, you must wait until the card game is over. About halfway thru the Story Line, and played the Unlimited game mode. Not complicated and the combat is simple but every once in a while you lose a battle (which really hurts the ego)! A fun game to play nonstop or to play 15 minutes at a time. Expand
  3. May 12, 2015
    9
    I bought this game on the PS4 expecting little but getting a real reward in return. In this game you will play against the dealer, who laysI bought this game on the PS4 expecting little but getting a real reward in return. In this game you will play against the dealer, who lays out cards on a table and you as the wondering hero have to select the cards one by one reaching the end of this dungeon (in cards) by reaching a stair, forest path etc.

    Its a dungeon in cards that variates everytime you play depending on the random aspects and on the cards you choose to include. You will find cards that help and try to end your journey along the way.

    The game offers RPG like progression, combat sections, choices that lead to unexpected treasure or death and overall for this small price the game offers dozens of hours of fun. Recommend !
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  4. Mar 6, 2015
    8
    Overall: enjoyable game.
    Glad to see a Kickstarter gaming project coming to life. Happy that I backed it.
    Very interesting mix of card
    Overall: enjoyable game.
    Glad to see a Kickstarter gaming project coming to life. Happy that I backed it.
    Very interesting mix of card playing and adventure-fighting. The gameplay is flowing well, with only minor delays when loading cinematics (minor point). Good variety of cards and effects. Good rapid progression of the gameplay difficulty to ensure the player remains stimulated. I only wish there was more story information about who we are, what we are doing there and where this is all going. Why are we playing with that Dealer? The studio developed nice little story for each of the key bosses. The voice over was worth waiting for. For a small independent studio, this is a great job.
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  5. Mar 1, 2015
    8
    Fun little indy title that mashed up several genres. It's quite original. While the first hour i wasn't really impressed and everything feltFun little indy title that mashed up several genres. It's quite original. While the first hour i wasn't really impressed and everything felt too simplistic, the game started opening up after that. Combat still is simplistic, but it's fun enough and can be challenging. RNG is a big factor in this game, but (for me) that makes it all the more exciting and it fits well in this game. I really like it. I'm hoping in the future they can add some other game mechanics and lots of new cards. I really hope it sells well so we can see an expansion or a sequel. Lots of potential! It's not perfect... there are some bugs here and there, but havent encountered many at all. also, there's a little screen tearing here and there, and during combat with lots of enemies you can get some hickups and lose a bit of framerate. But overall, a very fresh, fun and engaging game. Hadn't heard about it at all before i saw it on steam last week (but i do own the PS4 version) Usually i don't like to buy games so impulsive, but i'm glad i did. Expand
  6. Mar 27, 2015
    8
    The game is really interesting to play for a while. The idea is pretty refreshing! However the combat is pretty bland after a while.The game is really interesting to play for a while. The idea is pretty refreshing! However the combat is pretty bland after a while. Resembling the Batman style fighting but less animations. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2015
    7
    Hand of Fate has some minor issues, but it's a unique experience that ties in a few different game styles. Random generation gives it someHand of Fate has some minor issues, but it's a unique experience that ties in a few different game styles. Random generation gives it some legs, and it looks like they're putting a lot of work into the DLC too. Expand

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