A unique and fresh take on the Collectable Card Game (CCG) format.

Assassins Creed Recollection

A blend of a card game and Real Time Strategy, with masses of strategic depth and more play options than you can shake a hidden extendable wrist blade at.

Unique to iPad (currently anyway, there are rumoured plans for ports to iPhone and other platforms), Assassins Creed Recollection has been the only game I’ve played seriously since it launched… it is that good!

The general idea is to build a deck of cards (called a ‘sequence’ in this game) from a pool of 288 options split into 6 different factions (see end of this post for a link to a full listing gallery). You then face off against AI opponents in the 20 level story mode, or for the real challenge play PvP online via game centre matchmaking (or inviting friends).

Each card signifies a ‘memory’ from the assassins creed universe, which you can draw from your sequence to place on the board. Your objective is to score 10 points in 2 of the 3 regions before your opponent does.

AC:R - the game board

You can fill your sequence with a combination of agents, sites and actions, each with different strengths, weaknesses and abilities that can influence how you play your cards and how you can damage your opponents chances. The twist compared to other similar ‘card battle’ games is that instead of players taking turns, this all happens in real-time, with the cards you and your opponent plays taking set amounts of time to activate. This gives time to react but actually puts a lot of the success of playing down to timing as well as playing the right thing, at the right time.

The strategies involved are varied, fun and intriguing. Some really clever combinations can be devised, but nothing is invincible and there is always something else to learn and try.

AC:R Memories

See the full collection and descriptions of cards here: http://www.hatenintendo.co.uk/acr

The interface is absolutely amazing, using the touch screen very cleverly and it’s a joy to play and navigate. The artwork is gorgeous and the overall feel of the game is wonderful.

I love the fact that the sites, agents and abilities are rooted in reality. It makes a nice change from the normal ‘high fantasy’ theme of these types of games that personally I cannot get in to. There’s no magic here apart from the interface 🙂

The downside is that it can be pretty expensive if you want to be able to build any sequence you might want to try, because you can only gain cards through fairly slow progress with free credits for winning games, or buying IAP to buy packs. Chances are you will not get all the cards you want in enough quantities to build a reliable and consistent sequence unless you’re prepared to pour a significant amount of cash into booster packs. However, it’s a really slick and polished game that in my opinion, for the amount of fun that can be had from it and the depth of gameplay compared to most iPad games, is verging on worth it.

Overall I highly recommend this game if you want something to get your teeth into, but be prepared to spend at least a little over the entry price to get access to some different cards and get the most out of the experience.

There is a knowledgable and friendly community already building around the game, so for much more info please visit these!
Unofficial forum: http://acreedrecollection.proboards.com
Facebook fan page: http://bit.ly/acrboard
See the full collection and descriptions of cards here: http://www.hatenintendo.co.uk/acr