Forces of Nature is a card game launching on Kickstarter on December 16th. While the world of animals has many games covering it, this time we go further and explore the entire nature and powers that lie within it. Sure, animals play a large part here, but the game also tells us about other elements of the environment like floods and volcanoes. Players have to use them in a ruthless, huge scale battle for survival.
What Do We Have Here
Forces of Nature is designed for 2 to 4 players and is rather fast paced. Each of you takes a side in a battle where all sorts of natural powers compete to become the last player standing. In the box you’ll find 78 cards with unique illustrations, most devoted to creatures and forces you’ll command as well as counting your Life and Will. The cards were made of high quality material that’s resistant to water.
Winning the Battle
Your Life, similarly to many popular card games, is represented by 20 points, which get deducted when you receive damage from other players. To count the life points easier, the designers have provided each player with 2 cards that help with keeping track of it.
The second resource you have to take into consideration when playing is Will. It starts at 1 and increases with each passing round, ending at 10. The cards you’ll play during the game all have a certain life requirement and some are only allowed to be used later in the fight.
Your Natural Arsenal
You begin the game with 7 cards and draw 1 new one every turn. The Will requirement is visible at the bottom of each card.
The first, and most common type of card is Animal. They remain on the table unless another player defeats them. Animals have their own life points and attack power. After playing them, you can use them to attack other animals or players. When an animal gets damage higher than its life points, you put it in the discard pile. The variety is quite wide: from bees to squids and lions.
The second card type are Forces, which have a variety of effects that affect other cards. You place them on your and your opponent’s animals to make them stronger or weaken them.
The third type are the Nature cards, which work similarly to spells known from other card games. They have an one use effect and leave the game right after being played.
There is also a very special card called Force of Nature that has no cost and wipes all animals from the table. It can change the tides of victory by quite a lot and adds plenty of unpredictability and excitement to the game.
Forces of Nature on Kickstarter
Forces of Nature seems like a game that takes minutes to learn but remains fun for a long time. Also: the more you play it, the more depth you discover. It’s well balanced, which shouldn’t come as a surprise as it was being developed and tested for around 5 years.
We love the artstyle which seems quite original and creative. All cards use illustrations of clay-like models of creatures and objects we use in our battles, mixed with paper dioramas.
All in all we highly recommend the game and cannot wait for the campaign to launch. According to the official website the game will be priced at $45 which includes the shipping costs.