Monopoly + MTG = Culdcept
No reviews for Culdcept?! To be fair, I haven't put in the hours to give a full review, but after several hours of play I have got an idea of the mechanics and gameplay. This game is not for everyone. It is an interesting mix of Monopoly and Magic: The Gathering (MTG). Roll dice to move around a gameboard claiming properties and summon creatures from your hand to defend them. Landing on an enemy territory allows you to battle and take their space, or you can simply pay a fee. Spaces can be upgraded for higher fees, and the effectiveness of attacking/defending creatures is dependent on elemental matching and total number of spaces controlled. You also can use a variety of spell cards to influence creature HP, SP, number of spaces moved next, etc. Creatures can be swapped out to better align with elements, and the elements of spaces can be changed to align with creatures. I believe this game came out in 2002, and I am reviewing in 2013... the graphics are dated. Take a look at some screenshots, characters are 2D sprites (similar to Atelier Isis, Ragnarok, Disgaea, etc) on a semi-3D gameboard. The game allows for as much replay as one might expect, the number of cards is limited to under 500, which is plenty for killing some time but nothing compared to the current rosters of physical trading card games. Multiplayer makes it a great game for the occasional nerd party, although there is no hand secrecy. A revised 'Culdcept Saga' has been released for the 360 which I have yet to try.