Hand of Fate
Summary: Hand Of Fate is a fascinating mix of roguelike, deck-building, hack-and-slash, and tabletop gameplay. Critics say that this blend is unique, however, they agree that due to its repetitive nature it doesn't lead it to greatness.
Top Critic Average
For a card game that ties in RPG elements as well as other features you can't help but notice that the team has found a winning mix.
At the end of the day, Hand of Fate is a solid time waster because of it's sheer randomness offered by the decks you use. The more you play, the more cards you unlock, the more random the game becomes.
An intriguing, action-based card game that I would definitely recommend.
'Hand of Fate' is the kind of deviously addictive game that doesn't come along very often. It is innovative, easy to learn, and rewarding. It is also complex and punishing, but keep in mind that you'll never lose any of your cards permanently - if the dealer defeats you, you only lose progress against the current boss, and can restart anytime. The deck-building is fiendish fun, and all those hours spent fighting in the 'Arkham' games pays real dividends here. The real-time combat lets the player make their own luck in many situations. At launch, 'Hand of Fate' has some noticeable problems on the technical side, but is still a great play, especially for card fans disappointed by this year's Magic.
Hand of Fate is a slightly flawed experience that will nonetheless please both card-based gamers and RPG fanatics with its fantastic blend of styles.
Hand of Fate wears its inspiration on its sleeve, but its deck has a few new surprises. Those looking for something new will find something to like here, but diehard dungeon crawlers might be better off waiting for the next edition.
These gripes don't hurt the overall value of Hand of Fate though. 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.
The best Deck Building video game around right now, as it works for veterans and casuals at the same time.
Hand of Fate is an interesting game that will certainly appeal to those who want to see how the card-based approach could be expanded in meaningful ways in the coming years.
Brilliant decision making, horrible brawling. Hand of Fate fails to hit a straight flush like it hopes.