And Then There Was A Collectible Pirate Women Card Game

The new wave of mobile collectible card games — which I still do not understand — is really starting to branch out. For a while there it was all collectible fantasy creatures and demons. Now Aeria Mobile swaps collectible creatures for collectible women. It's OK, they're pirates.

I don't want to be known as the mobile guy that hates collectible card games. I love collectible card games, but for me a CCG is something like Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh — games with cards and stats and strategy. This new wave is nothing more than pretty art with numbers on it. They should call them collectible JPEG games or something, so I don't have to feel bad when a game like Pirate Maidens comes out on iTunes and I don't rush to play it.

Much like Zynga's Ayakashi Ghost Guild and other games of its ilk, most of the action in Pirate Maidens involves looking at pictures of anime girls, only instead of demons these are dressed in pirate gear.

There are three factions to choose from, each with its own unique story, and players can swap between those stories at will, which is nifty. Each "card" also features Japanese voice-over, a nice touch.

But still I am left cold. It's all a lot of screen tapping to me. I hold up hope that one day this genre variant will make sense to me, but Pirate Maidens just feels like collecting saucy anime pics with a purpose.


Comments

    Kotaku one day:
    THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH DISCRIMINATION IN THE VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY.
    Kotaku the next day:
    HERE, HILARIOUS HOMOPHOBIA IN HITMAN AND CARTOON GIRLS "DRESSED" AS PIRATES

      Although I believe women in a male dominated industry no doubt have a hard and often unfair time, I can't deny that I find the images portrayed in the article above highly appealing. I hope for a world where gender is not an issue in the workplace, but anime titilation is still in ample supply.

    I suddenly have a desire to turn a standard card game I'm plotting along with in HTML5 into some kind of CCG.

    If people are flocking to a collect jpeg game, I wonder how they'll respond to a poorly designed, rushed, amateur card game with graphics that push the imaginations and skills of any respectable guy with no artistic talent at all.

      There was that yugioh knockoff, duel masters lol.

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