Magic: the Gathering is one of the oldest collectible card games, but the genre seems to have found new life on mobile platforms. Calculords is one of the newest batch, and I’m pleased to say that it’s far more fun than the kitschy pixel graphics would have you believe. Rather than playing lands or generating mana, players have to solve simple (and not so simple) math problems to put creatures into the battlefield. Once involved in the fray, creatures attack each other or other players until one player’s health reaches zero. It sounds complicated, but Ninja Crime, the studio developing Calculords, do an excellent job teaching you to the mechanics in the intro tutorial.
As with any other Collectable Card Game (CCG), Calculords is pretty well adapted to free-to-play. Once you’re in the game, the only purchasable items are--what else?--booster packs of cards. Paid cards are fairly powerful, but not so overtly powerful as to be gamebreaking. Of course, it can require a bit of grinding to get past certain levels, but nothing like the brick walls you’d expect to find in, say, Candy Crush.