I am not usually the best at deck building strategy games, but Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl for the Oculus Quest is a game I have found myself spending a ton of time with the last week or so. This is actually brought to us by the fine folks that made Arizona Sunshine so that right there got me pretty excited to see how they would turn their hand at a game like this.
What I like about Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl is that it is a pretty easy concept to get your head around. You face off against an opponent and you use cards to battle with. You need to build a deck of cards that suit your playstyle and you can upgrade and tinker with these cards to make them even better. There are a ton of different cards and I would bet that the deck that suits your playstyle is probably very different from the one I like to use.
You have lots of different cards at your disposal. These range from basic attackers who use melee style attacks ranged attackers like bowmen and more powerful things like fireballs and dragons! There is quite a lot of strategy at play here and it is not just simply about having the best cards, it is also about knowing when to use them at the right time. You win the game by defending your own stronghold and destroying the enemies. Or if the time runs out whoever is winning the battle at that time will be the victor.
Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl uses a mana system. You have so much mana that you can use before it needs to be charged. Each card uses a different amount of mana so you need to think a move or two ahead. I have tried going in all guns blazing right at the start, but against a skilled opponent, they can usually weather your ferocious storm and then pick you off while you are waiting for your mana to recharge.
You can either play against the AI which has different difficulty levels or another human player. Playing against the AI is where you want to start as this teaches you the basics of the game as well as letting you figure out what kind of deck you want to use. There is no single-player campaign which is a bit disappointing. However, multiplayer is pretty stacked in that there is this faction war going on and you pick a side of the faction and try to help your faction win. The gameplay is easy to figure out and having to use the Quest controllers to pick and play cards is pretty fun. Speaking of fun, the game has over 20 battle arenas which help to keep things fresh and interesting.
While Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl may be a bit bare-bones in terms of its game modes. There is no denying that as a strategy card game, this is pretty awesome. I have had a great time with it so far and I am very excited to see what kind of stuff they have planned for the game in future updates. If you like strategy games and games with deck building, you are in for a great time here.
I love the fantasy art style
There is a lot of depth to the gameplay
I like picking and playing cards
The online faction system is fun
Easy to figure out the basics
There is not much in the way of single-player content
I wish there was a bit more story