Card games have been a staple of the overall world of gaming for a long time but seem to be picking up in popularity once more with the increase in quality of digital card games. Quite simple in their creation, the main element holding back digital card games of the past was their cumbersome controls, but developers appear to have cracked the code and are building some of the finest card games ever seen but for the online audience.
Here, we’re going to be exploring some of the most popular online card games across PC, console, and mobile gaming to see what makes them so enjoyable to play and so appealing to any card game players of different levels of skill.
Poker and its variants have been among the most popular card games in the world since way before the introduction of the internet. However, the great “poker boom” couldn’t have occurred without the support of online poker. In 2003, a perfect storm of cult fandom for the movie Rounders, televised World Poker Tour events, and amateur online player Chris Moneymaker winning the World Series of Poker Main Event resulted in poker’s popularity going through the roof.
Each day, new people are learning how to play Texas holdem online as they have heard how fun it is to play and easy it is to pick up. Online Texas holdem poker has a huge audience because while it is easy to learn, it takes time to perfect, which makes each win even more rewarding. Poker is a game that takes experience and skill to master, which is why so many people sink hours into the classic card game as they want to become the best, or at least the best in the online lobby.
Mobile: Yu-Gi-Oh Dual Links
In the late ’90s and early ’00s, the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise was huge in Asia and quickly spread across the rest of the world. With its comic book range, television series and trading card game, Yu-Gi-Oh became a craze in a similar way to Pokémon and even had some good games on handheld consoles. As fads often do, Yu-Gi-Oh faded from the mainstream but has now been resurrected in mobile gaming.
Even people who never purchased any of the original series of physical Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards have decided to learn how to play Dual Links. The game itself has always been fairly straightforward, but the app makes everything so much easier by programming in the rules and restrictions of play and deck building.
In 2015, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was released to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, marking yet another superb addition to the series. But what the developers perhaps didn’t expect was how much fans would love the mini-game within their game, the card game of Gwent.
You don’t have to play The Witcher III to be able to enjoy the spin-off game, as many people who have picked up the late 2018 release have found when learning how to play Gwent. As with all new card games, it can be a little tricky to pick up, but once you get the hang of it, you’re quickly immersed in the nuanced and engaging mechanics at play.
These three examples exhibit just how diverse and on-trend card games are in 2019, with dozens if not hundreds of options across all gaming platforms.