Developer - Void Arts
Publisher - Void Arts
Release - March 2020
Fatal Fight Cards (FFC) is a fast pace, deck building fighting card game. It's designed to feel like an arcade fighting game, with an emphasis on performing combos and keeping the pressure on your opponent. FFC is intended for both new players and those who are familiar with card games, it’s mechanics are simple and immediately accessible, over time players discover a layer of elegance that rewards their decisions.
Instead of focusing on the many intricacies of arcade fighting games, a single round in FFC is more like a highlight reel moment. FFC is different because the flow of the game is completely in control of the players, there is no back and forth turn structure, all decisions happen simultaneously.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s a word from some of the best playtesters I’ve had!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with FFC. We all enjoy fighting games quite a bit, and I know I've personally lost a small fortune in quarters to arcades because of it. Our experience with card games has involved many different forms of combat, so the idea of a fighting card game would not sound particularly new, but Fatal Fight Cards has found a way of creating a unique experience.
As the design advanced, the methods of deciding how to act moment-to-moment began to feel more controllable, and the combat became more visceral. Fast action and tremendous potential for punishment meant no fight was really ever too one-sided, and could easily end in an upset. Every strike matters, and every punch hurts.
I found the game truly emulating my experiences with the likes of Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, and Mortal Kombat, and now that the gameplay has me hooked. As it stands, FFC's fast and brutal 1v1 deathmatch playstyle always provides the fun for a quick and interesting test of a player's ability to plan and react under pressure.
As a long-time player of fighting video games, I can tell you that Fatal Fight Cards embodies many of the same emotions! The gameplay was engaging, fun, and definitely stoked the flames of both old and current rivalries. I was most impressed by the special abilities that each fighter possesses. Much like in a real fight, these abilities can really affect the flow of battle, but only if used properly. The combo system was another beautiful feature that allowed for some very dynamic play. Even the spectators remained engaged as the combatants pounded each other into utter exhaustion. Good mechanics, challenging strategic gameplay, and plenty of room for upsets! Get your friends together and beat the absolute sense out of each other until only one remains bloodied and satisfied.