I had never played any Culdcept game before picking up Culdcept Revolt. I quickly found out it plays like Monopoly: move around the board, claim lands, upgrade them, and hope/force opponents land on them to make money. Earn the required amount and complete a lap to win the round. Spells with special effects can be used to help claim or defend lands as you go.
The major difference is that instead of houses you have monsters. The monsters vary in type and abilities making some of them better defenders and some better attackers. Yep: they can attack each other to steal land! Landing on an occupied space and selecting a monster of your own or moving a monster from a neighboring land you own onto an opponent's occupied space starts a battle.
Battles are simple and fast: if the aggressor's attack is higher than the defender's defense they steal the land. The aggressor can also be killed if the defender strikes first and depletes their health or survives the onslaught to counter-attack. Various weapons, armor and items can be used to tip things in your favor provided you have them on-hand and can afford to use them.
The art is simple and clear. This game is in full 3D if you have a 3DS and has pretty cool effects if you turn the 3D on. The sounds are basic, but you're not here for sound effects.
My main reason for a 4 star rating is that I swear this game cheats. You opponent often draws just the card needed to wreck you then rolls the perfect number to land on the exact square they needed to use that card they just drew. It has happened to me three times in a row before, wiping out an hour or more of gameplay as I went from "winning" to "zero" in a heartbeat. This is too much to be coincidence.
Also the fact this has TCG elements means you must buy and open packs with in-game currency you get from winning matches. It's really frustrating to open a ton of packs and never get what you wanted. Patience and grinding are required. DLC is available, but it's really just more card battles and cosmetics. Nothing required to beat the story mode.
If you are patient and don't mind restarting a LOT (savescumming is you friend) then Culcept might be worth it. Otherwise stay away.
Length of ownership: 3 months
No: I don’t recommend this product