A unique and more poker-like take on battles helps to differentiate this deckbuilder, but it isn’t without issues
Especially when there’s a flood of titles all targeting the same fans of a specific subgenre it can be a wise move to try to differentiate yourself a bit. In the case of Zoeti, it does so by using a mechanic that’s far more traditional, with you executing moves using ordinary playing cards, assigning powers to a pair, a 3-of-a-kind, a full house, etc. At first this can take some getting used to, especially understanding when it may be best to stop playing your current cards in the hopes that you’ll get loaded up with power as you draw more, but there’s no necessarily enough gas from this novel idea to help it go the distance against some of its more refined, deep, and polished competitors. If the idea of using playing cards and poker hands intrigues you it’s likely worth a look but otherwise different isn’t necessarily an improvement.
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