THE BATTLE FOR SECTOR 219

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Do you ever wish chess was a card game? Because if you did then you may be in luck with The Battle for Sector 219. Unlike other collective card games (CCG) this game isn't about comparing stats or reading effects, instead the most important aspect of the Battle for Sector 219 is placement. Players need to consider where they put each and every card in their deck if they want to win. This means that the old saying "easy to learn, difficult to master" is true here. 

Frustratingly the developer chose to forgo a tutorial, instead the game lists all the rules in a digital manual. A tutorial would be preferable as it allows players to make sure they have gotten to grips with each aspect of the game as it is presented to them. To be fair to the developer the digital manual is presented well enough to avoid it being an info dump. 

In terms of features the game might feel a bit sparse, but at £4.99 it is priced to reflect this. The main options on offer are to play against the computer or another player. Matches can be live or asynchronous.  The game is cheap, easy to pick up and offers the ability to play games that suit your schedule. Ironically however, if you and your friends are already able to get together to play the physical card game then this version actually isn't for you. Playing The Battle for Sector 219 won't offer you anything in terms of pure mechanics that you couldn't get by playing the game with the physical cards. 

What this game excels at is giving more chances to play to players who are unable to find the time to meet in person or don't live close to the people whom they like to play games like this with. We know that a lot of gamers are struggling to fit gaming nights into their schedules as we move on from move on from university, deal with work obligations, or new found family commitments. It is good to have a game that you can make work around your schedule without worry. 

The Battle for Sector 219 is both a good entry to CCG for those who want to try them out and a good way for those who want to get back into them to do so. If you already own the physical game there might not be much here for you but if you don't you should give it a try.

THE BATTLE FOR SECTOR 219 / DEVELOPER: LARGE VISABLE MACHINE / PUBLISHER: YOUR MOVE GAMES / PLATFORM: PC / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
 


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