Card Thief was a game I kept seeing pop up in my Google Play recommendations but didn’t really give it a fair shot until recently. And I have to say that this is one of the best mobile games I have played, and here is why.
Card Thief is a solitaire style stealth game played with a deck of cards. You go through the deck, which represents the tunnels below a palace and it’s many treasures and guards. You’ll have to sneak in the shadows, extinguish torches, pickpocket guards and steal valuable treasures without getting caught. And as you play, you can unlock different tools to help you steal more, escape in dire situations, and upgrade to different locations.
First off, this game is visually stunning. The art is very well done and the feel of the game is very smooth so you can truly enjoy it. Sometimes mobile games don’t play very smooth, and it interrupts the immersion of the game and is one of the downfalls of mobile. But that doesn’t happen with Card Thief at all.
Now onto the actual gameplay. You play as the thief, which is its own card. You’re placed on a 3×3 grid, and the deck fills the other spots. You now have to navigate through this scenario to collect treasure, put out torches, and not get caught. Once you clear cards, they get refilled. You play until the deck is gone, and the escape card is in the grid.
There is a tutorial to get you started, which I appreciate even for just mobile games. And overall, the game is very easy to learn how to play, navigate, and actually becomes semi addicting as you try to steal more treasure than your previous run. It does have its strategy to it which keeps it interesting. It’s an easy game to just pick up and start playing and not have to pay to win.
To wrap up, this is one of my favorite mobile games I have tried. It’s a great time-killing game as well as taking some thought and strategy to play well. Plus there is progression the more you play it, so it’s actually worth it to play consistently.
Card Thief is available in the Google Play store and iTunes.
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