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WWE SuperCard an addictive new game
By JOHN POWELL - SLAM! Wrestling


What's better than ... Gotta catch 'em all? How about ... Gotta pin 'em all?

The WWE's latest foray into gaming is giving Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon a run for their money. In an unexpected turn, the WWE, through publisher 2K Games and developer Cat Daddy Games, has branched out into digital collectible card games with WWE Supercard.

Available as a free download for Android and iOS devices from the App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore, the collectible card game lets fans assemble their own teams of WWE superstars to go one-on-one in the online squared circle. Everyone from current superstars such as Daniel Bryan and Rusev to old school legends like Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Andre The Giant are available to add to your deck along with support cards which boost your cards' abilities.

Each card, superstar has their own specific Power, Toughness, Speed and Charisma ratings. These attributes are used to determine the winner of each match. The abilities can be increased by training superstars; combining them with other cards. As challenges are won, players earn cards to increase their deck's overall diversity and strength.

Like its Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh predecessors, WWE Supercard is based on a rock, paper, scissors gameplay mechanic. Every challenge event consists of three to four matches using your five-card team from your deck. One of the matches will always be a solo Diva bout and the others can range from solo bouts to tag team matches, which is why it is crucially important to employ some strategy when building your teams. The events themselves are elaborately introduced with static arena cutscenes and brief animated in-ring action. For those who wish to just get to the results, with the tap of the screen players can skip through the challenges and cut-scenes; essentially fast-forwarding the action.




Although not as complicated as something like Yu-Gi-Oh, you have to exercise your grey cells to succeed at WWE Supercard as it is all about grouping the right superstars, having a balanced deck and training, training and more training. Ron Hutchison, trainer to the stars, would surely be proud. Assembling a winning deck also means biting the bullet and sometimes ditching your favourite superstars in favour of more powerful cards represented by grapplers you may not be too fond of. Alternatively by training them, you can rank up lower-classed cards so they can duke it out with the best of them. It just takes time and a lot of patience unless you are willing to dole out some hard-earned cash to buy cards, which is an option.

WWE Supercard doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh. You cannot digitally trade cards with your friends. You cannot challenge them specifically to an online match. You cannot communicate, talk trash or taunt those you are competing against. Still, for the price of air or rain, WWE Supercard is addictive fun that is hard to put down once you start. You have been warned.

WWE SUPERCARD
Format: Android, iOS devices
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Cat Daddy Games
ESRB Rating: E 9+
Official Site: catdaddygames.com
Rating: 7.5 / 10


One of the founding managing editors of SLAM! Wrestling, John Powell is a veteran entertainment journalist currently covering Big Brother, Survivor for Shaw, the video game industry for G4. Check out his comic book Cover 2 Cover blog. He can be reached at pow2112@hotmail.com or @POW2112 on Twitter.