Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast offered fans a look at several of their products @ SDCC, one was a new card game they developed aimed at kids and looks to rival Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh game.
Having a twelve year old son that is a big fan of all sorts of games, including board and card games. Kaijudo caught my eye so I stopped in to talk with the staff about the game during a hectic SDCC for a group Q&A.
Q: My son tends to get into things that tie into shows, I see you have a cartoon but I dont' believe we get the channel it's currently on. Is this something he can watch online?
A: Yes, our shows are available for free online. They are broadcast normally on The Hub network, which should be part of most extended cable packages. If not they can still watch shows online.
Q: How complicated is the game to pick up being that it's made by the same people that make Magic: the Gathering.
A: It's made for kids 12 and up, but still fun for adults as well. The game is really easy to pick up and the games can be somewhat fast paced as well so you won't be sitting through one card game for an hour. One round can take just a few minutes. There is also a tutorial online for people to learn to play where it walks you through a training session.
Q: Will your website also offer online play? We moved here recently and my son lost a couple of friends he used to play games with like this, will there be a way to play online with friends?
A: Right now you can only play the computer online with a virtual deck. It will be coming out though for you to create a Friends List if you have their Player Name and battle them.
Q: How does the virtual deck work? Will they get any use of the physical cards they buy if they play online?
A: Initially the deck will be what is available to everyone, but can be improved using content codes in deck packages for unique online cards. This way you get something for your online gaming when you buy the physical card packs.
Q: And how is the security for having young kids playing online?
A: We took every precaution here, you will only be able to add people if you have their screen name and the name they choose won't have a relation to any of their personal information so it isn't something someone can search for a specific name to look for someone.
Q: Any option to play on mobile?
A: We have two apps, the Kaijudo: Battle Game and the Kaijudo: Dojo App. All of our online battles feature character animations and creatures from the game and show. One game is the more traditional battle version, the other is more of a fun, finger swiping game where you match symbols that appear faster and faster on the screen to make your attacks.
After returning from SDCC I sat down with my youngest boy to talk to him about the game and see what his thoughts were. He liked that he would be able to play online and be able to get codes for special online cards when he bought physical expansion decks, not to mention the ability to create a custom 'player glove' (what the charater in the show uses for his powers) unique to your avatar. He learned to play the game quickly with the online tutorial and spent a few hours playing and watching some of the shows available.
As a parent, your kids are going to cost you money for things they want one way or the other. I've felt at times that I've wasted money buying things that entertain them for a week and are soon forgotten. A game that you can get into for not a lot of money and can be expanded, offers free online play and free cartoons to keep interest high, a game that teaches strategy and obviously a game they enjoy is a positive on my list of 'toys' to buy. If you have a child into board or card games, I'd recommend checking Kaijudo out, even if just to try their free online play and test the waters at first.
Written or Contributed by: Jeremy Shane