Card slingers and dice rollers should be pleased by this bit of news: Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalker is now available from Google Play. The game is a casual-focused offering of the popular Magic the Gathering card game where people duel with creatures, enchantments and spells to bring their opponents’ life to zero.
The 2015 release coincides with the launch of the latest core set in the physical trading card game, and as such will feature many cards from the new set as well as from years prior. So what’s new in this release that they’re hoping will get you to drop another $10 (minimum) to play? Let’s take a look:
- New, clean user interface that puts more emphasis on the attack phase of a turn
- A free-form deck building system that allows you to mix and match cars however you want
- Unlock cards using booster cards that can either be earned through gameplay or purchased via $2 premium purchases
- Online multiplayer (wasn’t present in last year’s Android version despite being available on iPad version)
- New advanced cards such as dual lands
And that’s just scratching the surface. For the story (which we never play Magic for, but it’s there anyway) you’ll be working to defeat Garruk, the planeswalker whose beast-hunting pastime was replaced by a thirst for human blood thanks to a nasty curse. Having beaten the game on PC already, let me just say you’ve never seen Garruk quite like this before.
Some will be disappointed to learn that there are cards that can only be unlocked using the $2 premium booster packs, though the fact that you can still get more than 85% of the game’s cards without paying more than the initial $10 cost of admission should be a bit comforting.
This download won’t be for weak-willed internet connections at a whopping 1.3GB, so be sure to hop on WiFi if you decide you want to play. You can give it a try for free if you’re interested (you’ll be able to play the tutorial and the first Innistrad planes), so hop on over to Google Play for the download and see if you can’t fall in love with Magic all over again. Be sure to check out the gameplay video above while you’re waiting for your download to see what awaits you inside the multiverse.