With its smart and generally quick play, plenty of heroes to unlock, and a bit of roguelike flair this deckbuilder has a lot going for it
While I know there’s a whole segment of people out there who tend to bemoan even the mention of a deckbuilder, when they’re done the right way they can be quite compelling. Pirates Outlaws, a game I actually played for loads of hours on my phone, delivers just that and in my mind may be one of the best introductory titles to the subgenre out there. Challenging without feeling unfair, with rounds that can move as quickly as you can work through your strategy, and boasting loads of heroes that drastically change play and plenty of well-designed and balanced cards, it’s really an impressive package. Once you get the hang of the rules with your ammo supply, the fact that melee attacks are essentially “free”, and then seeing the possibilities available to you with cards you’ll unlock, you can maintain an impressively blistering pace, cutting through all manner of scallywags. You’ll be tempted to test your luck quite often, be forced to make tough decisions on how best to spend your currency and what to upgrade or change, and will want to keep an eye on how to maximize the effectiveness of your relics. What’s great is this all comes together pretty easily and can be quite satisfying to play for even only mild strategy fans.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.6]