UPDATE: Modojo readers share their combat secrets.
Namco's Tekken Card Tournament makes for an usual blend of the popular arcade fighting series and one of mobile gaming's biggest success stories, the strategic card-battler. This unlikely combination turned out pretty well as it happens, and the game picked up a 3.5 out of 5 star score in our review earlier today.
If you're a beginner at card-battling, or just want to get to grips with the game's intriguing mix of mechanics, we've put together some top hints and tips to get you on the road to glory.
- Let's start with the basics. When you face off against an opponent, whether against the computer or another person online, you need to choose from three possible combat options. First, you can enter Focus mode where you'll perform no actions, but will gain an additional combat card up to a maximum of five in your hand at any one time. Strike mode will use your current cards in combat, but they'll disappear afterwards, leaving you potentially defenseless against the next assault. Entering Block mode allows your character to completely avoid the first two cards' worth of damage if your opponent chooses to assault.
- Be very careful with blocking. You can only do two blocks one after another before the option becomes locked out temporarily. Plan your use of card acquisition and direct combat moves carefully, and save the blocks up for when you really need them. Let your opponent block their way into trouble...
[Correction: As Modojo reader Dendan Huuu points out, any two actions that don't change the course of battle lead to all cards being discarded at the third "non-action". Apologies for any confusion - John]
- There's no right or wrong character to choose at the start of the game, although your choice here will determine the starter pack you receive when you start playing. Each character is reasonably well-balanced, and you'll be given starter cards that compliment both your combat strengths and weaknesses.
- If you want to acquire more cards in Tekken Card Tournament, you've got a few options. First of all you can use the currency you earn from participating in combat to buy card packs. Note, however, that you won't receive three cards suitable for your chosen character - instead you'll get three random cards from a handful of characters. Check each pack carefully to make sure you'll at least get something you need for your chosen fighter.
- Unfortunately, if you want to get hold of the very rarest cards, you're going to need to pick up the Ultra Pack from the in-app purchase store - and it will take you some time to grind out enough game cash to bypass a real money purchase. These are the only card packs that contain Super-Rare cards, although Elite cards are available from the other, somewhat cheaper packs.
- You can help yourself a great deal with the currency costs by checking into the game at least once per day, even if it's only for a very brief visit. The game will reward you once per day for firing it up, so if you want to make some easy money, take a break for a while and just dip in to get hold of the free stuff!
- The Stamina system doesn't work as it does in most games, where it's completely refilled whenever you level up. Each time you enter a fight, you'll lose a little bit of your Stamina bar - once it's exhausted, you'll have to hope you receive a top-up as part of your combat rewards, or just wait for time to pass so that you can get stuck into the action again.
- Whenever you're in the deck manager, familiarize yourself with any special action cards that you might have acquired or just weren't aware of. Sometimes these special cards can add modifiers to your attacks, allowing you to hit with more power for example. It's equally as important to stay abreast of the cards your opponent has in play - he or she may look weak and vulnerable to a total take-down, but any modifier cards in their hand could easily bring them back into the fight.
- This might sound like an obvious one, but just in case...there's no point making your first move anything other than Focus, as neither you or your opponents will have any cards that justify a block or a strike! It's up to you whether you want to go on the attack from here or simply continue to build your deck, or put up a defense against your opponent's next move.
Modojo reader tips
Modojo reader Dendan Huuuu has given us some very useful hints for Tekken Card Tournament - thanks Dendan! If you have any tips of your own, be sure to let us know in the comments section below and we'll add them to this article.
Build up a deck
- You gain a lot of Hard currency at the beginning. If you play for a day or two, you'll end up with more than 300 credits. Enough for two Elite boosters! Be aware the random is kind of harsh - you have no guarantee to get cards for your character, but you can sell them.
- Soft currency: As you said, the best way to earn it is that daily reward stuff. The reward stacks up to ten times (ten day streak) as far as I know. In battles you gain gold, but also cards.
- Check your rewards: you get an Elite card for your character. Another one comes with the tutorial about deck management. It's already 2 cards out of 15 (The size of the deck).
- First buys: Aim for a few hard hitters in Base. They often come with a negative special effect but they're worth it. If you have enough gold, try to buy one Base (or Elite) card with a really annoying special effect. It can be both a life-saver at end-game, or a troublesome card in early game - most players won't know how to react (and they only have ten sec). I personally favor cards that enhance my Block action with my Lili character. Block is always a risky move, but with bonus to enhance it it becomes a very good deal when I land a correct Block.
- Stamina: It doesn't work as it does in most games, that's right. You can still fight, you just can't get your battle's rewards. So you can fight to train your skills. You can also buy stamina with credits but I think it doesn't worth it.
- Learn from the first moves of your opponent - it's amazing to see how players have their own pattern (some are mad blockers, always afraid of your cards, some are insane strikers, never focusing more than one or two cards). Try to recognize it very early and then wait for the end-game to outwit your opponent with a few correct guesses.
- Against better decks: There are a lot of new players and 95% of my games are fair fights. But if you are against a stronger deck, it's time for bluff! Try the most desperate moves and you can make it.
- And one more tip, the most important one - get yourself a base power card. The tutorial talks about them, calling them "cards for veterans". Maybe we don't have the same definition of "veteran", but in this game it means "survive the next battle". Base power cards are very special cards that are not part of your deck - instead it changes your starting HP! Without it, you start with 90HP. I don't say you can't win with 90HP, but starting with 120HP is a huge step for your deck's strength.