You kids today and your fancy addictive games of chance. In my day we had Pog, and we got into fights on the playground over who had the best Slammers! But no, not you guys. You need action and strategy and apparently you can't get that by hurling a metal disc at cheaply made cardboard circles. But you can get it with Undefined's new defense title Cardian. Choose from one of three different card decks to battle your way up through the ranks of card masters. While it may not look it, gameplay is actually fairly simple. Your portal is on the left, and your opponent's portal is all the way on the right; you want to use your cards to summon recruits that will defend you and eventually overwhelm your opponent's portal before they destroy yours. Click on a card at the bottom to play it if you have the gold and resources necessary, and click on a troop icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to deploy as many units as you can. Destroy the opposing portal and you'll gain gold you can spend on upgrading your deck so you can purchase better cards to fight more strategically.
Well, I say "strategically", but naturally the fact of the matter is that you wind up needing a little luck, too. You can only buy cards through booster packs, and as anyone who has ever dabbled in certain fantasy themed card games knows you can't rely on a booster pack to give you anything you really need with frequency. If you get carried away and create a deck that's too big, you also run the risk of the game giving you every card except the one you'd need during combat. This is mitigated somewhat by the fact that until you actually get down to bid-nezz and start hurling troops at your foe in earnest, they only make a token effort to bother you with enemies, so as long as you can sit through a few piddling attacks, you can hoard your resources until you have enough to steamroll over any and all opposition.
Still, Cardian still manages to be entertaining and enjoyable not only from that gotta catch 'em all addictive card-gathering standpoint, but from how simple it is to pick up. Once you get the hang of things and build yourself a deck with the proper ratio of stabby-to-resources (something fans of Baten Kaitos are probably already familiar with) you'll be flooding the battlefield with horrendous nightmarish monstrosities or noble upright defenders of truth and light in no time. (Both are reasonable options, but I can tell you which one is awesomer.) Despite some balance issues and the fickle assistance of Lady Luck, fans of defense hybrids and Undefined's own work will find a lot to enjoy here and a solid little title to while away your spare time.