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37 Great Games Like Card of Darkness

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Card of Darkness and have found the following:

Card of Darkness is a hand-animated adventure game where you attack enemies represented on cards. This isn't unusual. What is, however, are the small set of intricate rules and charm of each character.

Unfortunately, Card of Darkness is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Helvetica (@Helvetica)

Players: 1

Costs: Free

25 Hand Picked Video Games Like Card of Darkness

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Card of Darkness. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Card of Darkness. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Griftlands

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 30 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: This is a single-player game

Griftlands is an adventure game where you use cards to fight and negotiate your way through a broken-down sci-fi world. You will die or fail often, but then use your knowledge and growing deck of cards to have a better chance of survival on your next...

Loop Hero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: F Qteam (@_FQteam)

Players: This is a single-player game

Loop Hero is a dungeon exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you take the role of designer (or Dungeon Master) who use cards to create a world that is hard...

Legends of Runeterra

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/01/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Riot Games (@RiotGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Legends of Runeterra is a collectible card game that takes place in the League of Legends universe. You battle other players using the cards you've collected that bring in champions, creatures, weapons, and powers.

Reigns (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/08/2016

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...

The Solitaire Conspiracy

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Mike Bithell (@MikeBithell)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Solitaire Conspiracy takes the well known Solitaire card game and integrates it into a neon drenched cyberpunk spy story to create a fresh take.

Slay the Spire

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 35 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Mega Crit (@MegaCrit)

Players: This is a single-player game

Slay the Spire is an adventure battle card game. You play one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You fight enemies and bosses by playing cards you have collected. You gain new cards as rewards from combat. With 100's to...

Signs of the Sojourner

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/05/2020

Price: 55% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Echodog Games (@EchodogGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Signs of the Sojourner, an introspective narrative where you interact with characters by solving puzzles with cards that represent emotions. It's a coming-of-age story set in the near-future and explores how relationships form, break, and mend in the...

Stormbound Kingdom Wars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/09/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Paladin Studios (@PaladinStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Stormbound is a strategic battle game combining Chess and Clash Of Clans gameplay. You build an army by earning cards for different units, defences and abilities. These have to be carefully chosen to do well in the battles...

Where Cards Fall

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/09/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Pieces: Cards

Developer: The Game Band (@TheGameBand)

Players: This is a single-player game

Where Cards Fall, from the same developer as Alto's Adventure, is an adventure where you build houses of cards to advance. In a beautifully hand-drawn world, you need to create pathways with the cards through the dreamlike...

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Pieces: Cards and Dice

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

DropMix

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Rhythm

Pieces: Board and Cards

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

DropMix is a fast-paced music-mixing game. You combine loops of well known music from a wide range of genres by placing physical cards on the DropMix peripheral. Each card you place combines with those already in play to create an automatically...

Argument Wars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2016, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Pieces: Cards

Developer: i Civics (@iCivics)

Players: This is a single-player game

Argument Wars is an adventure game where you play a lawyer in a U.S. Supreme Court. It's a card game that recreates constitutional arguments behind some important historical cases.

Black Book

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Price: 45% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: V Beletsky (@VBeletsky)

Players: This is a single-player game

Black Book is a dark adventure, based on Slavic myths where you are a young sorceress. It combines a visual novel point-and-click adventure with card collecting to gain abilities to fight evil forces and explore the world where humans live alongside...

Steamworld Quest

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Stadia and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 8 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Steam World Games (@SteamWorldGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a turn-based role-play where you use cards to attack and defend yourself. You play as a team of sentient steam-powered robots travelling across a steampunk fantasy world.

Wingspan

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Price: 41% off

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Monster Couch (@MonsterCouch)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

Wingspan is a relaxing, award-winning strategy card game about birds for one to five players. You create flocks of birds to extend a chain of powerful combinations in one of your three habitats. Your goal is to discover and attract the best birds to...

Fights in Tight Spaces

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Fights Game (@FightsGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fights in Tight Spaces is a turn based fighting game where you use your deck of cards to win combat battles in small rooms and other locations. As you progress you gain more cards and build a deck tailored to each battle.

Hearthstone: Battlegrounds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Battlegrounds is a strategic fighting game mode in Hearthstone, where you collect and upgrade cards and pit your deck against 7 other players. Buy and sell the best cards, upgrade their abilities and more as you uncover winning strategies in this highly...

SpellTower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2012

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Helvetica (@Helvetica)

Players: This is a single-player game

Spelltower+ is a word-spotting game a little like Boggle mixed with Tetris. As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen so you need to pick good words to clear down the letters and avoid any letters make it to the top row.

Writer's Block

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Tic Toc Games (@TicTocGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Writer’s Block is a word puzzle game where you create words to fight. You take on quests and spell words to beat or evade the strange opponents. It's an unusual combination of combat and vocabulary where you battle mental monsters standing in the way...

Floppy Knights

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Rose City Games (@RoseCityGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Floppy Knights is an adventure where you battle enemies using cards and turn-based strategy. With your robot, Carlton, and a group of virtual knights, you must liberate your town from hostile invaders. It looks like Advance Wars but has a unique blend...

Monster Train

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Shiny Shoe Games (@ShinyShoeGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Monster Train is a turn-based fighting game played on a train to hell. Through a series of rounds, you collect cards which summon monsters or special moves to stop enemy armies from getting to and destroying your pyre. Because the pyre is at the top of...

Pocket Card Jockey

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS

Genres: Puzzle and Race

Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pocket Card Jockey is a horse racing game you participate in my playing a series of solitaire card games. You race, breed and nurture a stable of horses for a range of owners, trainers and other interesting individuals.

Roguebook

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/06/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 34 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Play Roguebook (@PlayRoguebook)

Players: This is a single-player game

Roguebook is a fighting game where you build a deck of heroes to go on an adventure. Drawing on Slay The Spire style battles, but with a world to explore and discover shops, relics, new cards and power-ups.

Golf Peaks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/11/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Sports

Accessibility: 32 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Afterburn Games (@AfterburnGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Golf Peaks is a golf game you play by picking different shot cards and swiping in a direction. Unlike other golf games it more of a puzzle than a test of skill or timing. You don't even need to understand of golf.

Guild of Dungeoneering

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2015, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Traversal and World Building

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Gambrinous (@Gambrinous)

Players: This is a single-player game

Guild of Dungeoneering is a humorous dungeon exploration adventure with simple hand drawn graphics. But unlike similar games, instead of controlling the heroes you build the dungeon by playing cards to create rooms, monsters, traps and loot.

6 Board Game Alternatives to Card of Darkness

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Card of Darkness. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

6 Video Games Like Card of Darkness Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Card of Darkness. This includes games from the Puzzle and Adventure genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Card of Darkness

If you like the sound of Card of Darkness but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Card of Darkness Accessibility Report.
 

Card of Darkness is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Card of Darkness in the following lists:

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 

Survive The Night

Surviving in games is often a key element. Some games, however, make it the main focus. With minimal resources and little light can you make it through to the morning? Can you prepare a shelter as the daylight dwindles in time for you to cope with the lurking creatures of the dark?

Whether this is as simple as closing the door to keep the zombies out in Minecraft or as complex as crafting food, clothing and medicine to cope with the freezing blackness of The Long Dark, these games are exhilarating as they pose a strategic puzzle with personal consequences.

Many of these games offer an open world in which to survive, which opens up more ways of preparing for and then making it through the night time. This, of course, leads to another day where you need to spend time and resources wisely while exploring your surroundings.
 

Get Children Into Maths

Video games contain a lot of maths. Children are often working with complex mathematical concepts without realising it. The temptation is to leverage this maths-play to make learning-games for the classroom. However, as we do that we often unintentionally break what made the experience playful in the first place.

We recently discovered Aha Machine, that takes a different approach. It provides a series of playful spreadsheets that use dinosaurs, video games and football to inspire and motivate learning. They are brilliant, interactive, free and can be downloaded for use in a school in minutes. What's more they use amazing games as their motivational and reward content in each exercise.

Along with highlighting this brilliant resource, we have worked with creator of Aha Machine, Henry Hartley, to create this list of games that offer experience that get children doing maths without realising it.

This includes games where maths is front and centre, like Twelve a Dozen or Dicey Dungeons. But it also includes game that develop math-like investigative thinking, such as Pawnbarian or Imbroglio. Then there are strategy games that are all about the numbers, like Football Chairman Pro and Universal Paperclips.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

Ease Loneliness With Intergenerational Games

There are many reasons, stages of life and circumstances that can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. Being unable to be in the same place as loved ones. Not understanding the modern world. Barriers of mobility or impairments. Social anxiety and other mental health issues.

Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.

The games on this page are part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters Loneliness campaign, to help protect and improve the nation’s mental health and wellbeing. There are lots of practical tips and advice on the Every Mind Matters website. It's part of National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online.

All the games have been select to be easy to play for new gamers and many of them have been used in a broad range of cultural settings, being incorporated into Cathedral services, arts festivals, well-being retreats and educational contexts.
 

Happy Brain With Serotonin Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without serotonin you can feel unstable and find your mood changing rapidly. It's a chemical that helps us with routines where we accept ourselves and find calm. With low serotonin it is hard to feel confident in who we are. This can mean that we worry more and find it harder to learn and remember things.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that generate serotonin are those that give to regular simple activities you can complete each day. Games that help build routine are helpful. We may not play these games for long, but they help structure other things around them. Fitness games also complement this, particularly those games that give us a reason to get outside.
 

Wield Absolute Control

Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.

If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse, organising your island in Animal Crossing, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.
 

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.