Global gaming revenue is on the up. According to a recent report by Newzoo, gamers spent $137.9 billion/£107.9 billion on games in 2018. Delving deeper into the statistics, there are now 2.3 billion players finding some form of entertainment across mobiles, consoles, and PCs. Of those devices, mobile is now the dominant medium with a 51% share of the market.
With that being the case, it’s little surprise that iOS and Android games are now topping the charts. Whether it’s multiplayer offerings such as Overkill 3 and Guns of Boom or something a bit more cerebral, mobile games have blown-up in recent years. Sticking with the cerebral vibe, mobile word games have also become popular. Whether its Words with Friends 2 for Android or the Xbox affiliated Wordament, people are now using games as a way to take their mind off things as well as have some fun.
Because of this, card games have now become a staple offering for gamers across the spectrum. Because card games require an element of skill, they’re a great form of entertainment. Indeed, by being mentally taxing, competitive and intricate, these games are capable of drawing in players and keeping them hooked. It’s been that way for the last few hundred years and it’s still the case today thanks to the internet. By digitizing the classics, developers have turned card games into a modern form of entertainment. To show you what we mean, here are some of the top digitized card games you can play online.
Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, Hearthstone is a free-to-play offshoot of the immensely popular Warcraft series. Initially released in 2014, Hearthstone is a turn-based game where players use constructed decks of cards (30 in total) to overpower their opponent. The reason this game is popular is that it requires a combination of logic, psychology, and timing. Only by selecting the right character card to play at the right time can players earn enough points to win the battle. In many ways, Hearthstone has a lot of similarities to poker in that you have to understand your opponents’ and your own cards in order to make the optimal moves.
Magic: The Gathering
Starting out life as a trading and collectible card game in 1993, Magic: The Gathering has since become an online hit. The first online game went live in 2002 but, since then, multiple versions have been released. In 2017, Wizards of the Coast was released, giving players new cards, arenas and battles. Like Hearthstone, Magic is a turn-based card game where players are vying to construct the most powerful deck. For those that enjoy choosing characters in a bid to defend something as you do in Tower Defence, Magic is the perfect way to test your gaming skills. However, aside from taking a player’s gaming skills, Magic is popular because it offers collectibles. By releasing new cards, there is a constant desire to stay active, pick up rare items and build an even stronger collection.
A classic casino card game with roots that stretch back to the 1700s, blackjack is now a staple offering for online casino sites. Although various innovations have added new elements to the game in recent years, online blackjack is largely the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the rules are easy to learn. As noted in the Betway blackjack guide, the aim of the game is to make a total of 21 or as close to it as possible without going over. Failing that, you have to have a better total than the dealer. After receiving two starting cards, you have the option to stand or take additional cards. This feeds into the second reason blackjack is popular. By knowing when to make certain plays (such as splitting and doubling), you can press home a statistical advantage and, in turn, improve your overall chances of success.
A simple yet addictive game, solitaire is one that’s popular in all forms. First played with a standard deck of cards, this game is now available online and on mobile. In fact, what’s interesting to note is that solitaire tops our list of leading Android card games. Why? Well, like blackjack, it’s easy to understand. By offering a simple premise – make runs of cards until there are none left – virtually everyone can understand the basics within a few minutes. Beyond that, you don’t need anyone else. Virtually all of the most popular digital card games require you to play against at least one opponent. With Solitaire, you’re simply playing against yourself. This requires you to adopt a totally different mindset and, in turn, challenge yourself in new ways.
As you can see, there are multiple ways to have some fun with cards in the digital arena. Regardless of whether you want to enter a fantasy world or stick with something more traditional, the leading gaming developers have taken our love of cards and used them to create some impressive online offerings.