Two years ago Sean “Seanbaby” Reiley and friends released Calculords, a digital collectable card game powered by maths. It was the best thing. Now they’re back with Calculords 2: Rise of the Shadow Nerd, which is supposedly like Calculords, only better in every way. I’m in.
The original Calculords was a breath of fresh maths in the free-to-play mobile gaming scene. It’s a lane-based strategy game in which units are deployed by combining randomly generated numbers with mathematical functions in order to reach their card cost. Use all of the numbers on the board at once, and you’re the best maths person ever. Mather, I think they call them. Best mather ever.
Calculords 2, currently the subject of a $US40,000 ($52,209) Kickstarter campaign, takes the original concept and applies things like hand-drawn art, playable commanders, lush music and none of Seanbaby’s attempt at pixel graphics. Along with those improvements, players will be able to create their own custom cards using stock abilities and graphics, level up their cards and pit them against other players in player-versus-player maths combat.