With its many millions of active players, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft feels like the de facto collectible card game today, but there are alternatives. Shadowverse (free) is the latest, although it appears to have garnered a significant following in Japan before getting translated into English. In fact, many of the Steam reviewers claim that it scratches an itch that Hearthstone simply cannot.
On the surface, however, they seem very similar: you’ll take turns playing a creature or hero card on the board, and then they’ll battle it out, while the 400+ collectible cards offer a load of deck variety. It’s a free-to-play game, too, which means pumping in money can bring big advantages, but at least you can try it out and probably play quite a bit without spending.