Card Hunter is an online collectible card game with some twists:
- It’s free-to-play and you win cards by playing the game, not by buying booster packs.
- Search dungeons to find treasure and then equip your loot to build out your decks.
- Use your cards to move your characters and battle monsters’ decks.
Players build a party of three members. Each member can be a male or female of the Dwarven, Elven or Human races. There are also three classes in the game consisting of Warriors, Wizards and Priests. Both the race and class of a character affects the cards available for use. Race modifies the characters deck like being able to use tricks for drawing cards, having enhanced movement or being more durable. Class affects specialization of a character:
- Wizards - long range attacks and AOE spells
- Warriors - hard-hitting melee attacks and armor
- Priests - healing and buffing party members
Each party member has their own deck of cards they use in turn-based battles. Decks consist of Armor, Attack, Block, Boost, Drawback, Assist, Movement and Utility cards. The way to add or change cards within the deck are to obtain loot from treasure chests and equipping them to your party members. Different levels of rarity (Common, Uncommon, Rare and Epic) determine the quality of cards associated with them (Black, Paper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Emerald and Amethyst).
Card Hunter offers three modes of play; Co-op, Campaign Mode and Multiplayer Mode. Campaign mode allows the player to level their heroes as well as obtaining loot. This loot can be carried over into Multiplayer Mode where all characters are at max level for a fair competitive environment. Players can have widely different parties because of the deck-building from different combinations of equipment and classes within the party. Co-op mode allows the player to join up with other players in a party and do campaign missions.
Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, Star Wars Trading Card Game, and SolForge) and Skaff Elias (Magic: The Gathering, and Star Wars Trading Card Game) are design consultants for Card Hunter to ensure the game has quality card collecting aspects.
Card Hunter is a free-to-play game for browsers. Everything in the game is obtainable by looting chests or spending in-game gold at shops. Players have the choice of spending real-world money for pizza slices which can be spent on new character costumes, varying qualities of loot chests as well as multiplayer starter packs which contain 3 party members equipped with medium-grade items.