Did you grow up watching Yu-Gi-Oh, just waiting for your chance to duel Seto Kaiba? Then a game like Battle of Souls might pique your interest. Battle of Souls takes a pinch of that nostalgia and brings it to reality in its own card game. Now the only question left to answer is, is it successful? Let's jump right in!
What Is It?
Battle of Souls is a Yu-Gi-Oh-esque card game where players command an army to fight an opponent and work to gain enough soul points to become King (or Queen) of the realm.
Who Is It For?
The game itself states a recommendation of ages 7+ to play. I would say that if you have "gamer" children - ones who play a fair amount of games with you, and learn quickly - then that is accurate. Otherwise, I'd say it's mostly for adults and seasoned gamers in general, because it has a little bit of a learning curve what with needing to earn kill counters on your warriors in order to sacrifice and upgrade them to better types of warriors.... it might be a little much for younger/unfamiliar audiences.
Quality of Components
I can't say too much here because I don't have a finalized copy of the game. My card text is difficult to read, my rules are a separate print out with some errors, and my card box is too tight. Their previous Kickstarter shows a cleaner card layout, which is so nice and much more legible. Mostly, for me, quality is TBD and I can't know anything for sure until a final product is released.
I would probably rate this a 3.5/5 based on my experience. While I found turn and phase order easy to go through, I thought it was hard to follow the ranking rules, mostly because it was hard to keep warriors on the field for very long since the decks were very evenly matched. The rules were just a little confusing to get around as well, which didn't help our particular playthrough.
Overall, I really liked where this game was going because it had a cool concept behind it and I really enjoy battling card games. However, I felt that the version I played with had a few too many hiccups to make it the purely enjoyable game I think it could be. Personally I feel with few more tweaks it could be a real contender for an awesome game. I hope to see more on it in the future!
Publisher - No Limit Games
Website - soulsbattle.com/
*I was provided a copy of this game to do this review*