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The 5 best card games for iPhone and iPad

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Product: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft | Developer: Blizzard Entertainment | Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment | Format: Android, iPhone, iPad, Board Game | Genre: Card battler, RPG, Strategy
 
What are the best card games available on the App Store? Well that's a good question, and I'm really glad you were wondering.

Because, you know, if you weren't you wouldn't bother reading this excellent piece of content that I've just written and I'd feel really bad.

Anyway, in this here list we're going to take a look at five of the very finest card-based experiences you can have on mobile. Some of them are based on real games, some of them are digital only, but all of them are really rather excellent.

So without further ado let's roll with the words. You can click on the links below to read our reviews and download the games. And make sure you check out all of our other board game stuff in Table Tap as well. Trust me, you'll love it.

Hearthstone - Free

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You couldn't really write a list about card games without including Blizzard's massive smash. It's set in the World of Warcraft universe and it sees you throwing down cards based on characters from Blizzard's smash hit RTS and MMO series.

It looks beautiful, it's slicker than most things you've ever played before, Build decks based on classes from WoW, take place in a massive variety of events, and get to grips with the regular updates. If you're looking for the best, this is probably the place to start.

Pokemon CCG - Free

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This one's based on the real life CCG that so many people play. And, perhaps more importantly, it's chock full of lovely, lovely Pokemon. It's not as well put together as Hearthstone, but it follows a similar pattern - build up your deck, take on all comers.

There's a ridiculous amount of depth here, and while it might be designed to appeal to younger gamers, anyone with a penchant for card games is going to absolutely love everything that Pokemon TCG has to offer.

Card Thief - £1.99 / $1.99

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This one's a little different. It's a solitaire game that sees you trying to break into a dungeon and make it out with all the loot. It builds on the original Card Crawl mechanic brilliantly, adding new twists to the formula as it goes.

And it manages to do mobile stealth better than a lot of games that are actually about sneaking around. It's dark and broody and gorgeous looking, and if you haven't played it yet then you should definitely give it a look.

Magic: Duels - Free

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Probably the most famous card game of them all, but in mobile form. This one is regularly updated as well, and features the same classic gameplay you'd find if you were shuffling up your own decks in the real world.

It can be a bit daunting starting to play the game on your own with a set of cards, so this is a brilliant way to jump into it and get to grips with the basics. It's definitely the best version that Wizards has released, and a wonderful way to jump into the world's favourite card game.

Star Realms - Free

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Where most of the other games on this lift have some fantasy trappings, Star Realms takes it in another direction. It's set in deep space, and sees you building an armada of ships in order to defeat your opponents.

Of course the ships are represented by cards. There's a deep single player campaign and some really slick multiplayer as well. If swords and sorcery aren't your thing, then you might love the lasers and rockets on show here.
 

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Harry Slater 12 June 2017
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