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App description: In Spectromancer, a fantasy card game, players participate in a magical duel against other mages by strategically summoning creatures and casting spells. Each mage uses five magical elements during a duel - Fire, Water, Air and Earth, plus a fifth related to the specific mage type. Players are able to duel against the computer or against other online players live.

sladeums's comments:

Separate iPhone version here :
08-25-2012, 07:56 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 127
It's wonderfully done.

08-25-2012, 08:38 PM
Only half the classes are available. How do you unlock the rest?

EDIT: nevermind, I found the two IAPs.
08-25-2012, 09:22 PM
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This is actually pretty nice. I accidentally bought the standard version and played a few games at 2x on my iPad. Then I saw this version. Dammit. Since it was clear that it was more than an upscaled version, I went ahead and got this too. Oh, well. I think it's worth it, they did a nice job.

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08-25-2012, 11:54 PM
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Can't find the IAPs.

Is the asynch or just synch?

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08-26-2012, 12:47 AM
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To get an overview of all the cards see that. In the help section, which btw can be accessed during gameplay (some games can't) it has an card listing for each and every card.

Let me paraphrase from the HELP section:
Each mage uses 5 magical elements (Fire, Water [typo in help btw Warer], Air, Earth) and the fifth depends on mage type.

6 mages
Cleric uses Holy Power
Mechanician uses Mechanics
Necromancer uses Death
Chaosmaster uses Chaos
Dominator uses Control
Illustionist uses Illusions

To unlock the two IAPs play one single game vs. an AI opponent then enter Campaign mode and where you choose the type of mage you wish to play you'll see the lock icon.

League of Heroes Expansion Classes $1.99
Demonologist uses Demonic
Sorcerer uses Sorcery
Beastmaster uses Beasts

Truth and Beauty Expansion Classes $1.99
Goblin Chieftain uses Goblins
Made Hermit uses Forest (like the Enraged Beaver)
Chronomancer uses Time

The CAMPAIGN mode is extensive. You can choose 3 different opponents and upon successfully defeating an opponent you get to choose 1 or 2 cards to have an upgraded ability. This is kind of the premise of the new kickstarter iOS game Solforge (same designer Richard Garfield) except leveling up will be within the same game 3 times. Also before each battle in Campaign you can change difficulty of opponent (Easy, Normal, Hard, Very Hard). You can create many campaigns and delete old ones if you wish. I hope though once a card is upgraded it'll remain upgraded even if that campaign is deleted in which that particular card was upgraded. I'll assume it is.

I couldn't get LAN play to work with two ipads (ipad 2 and ipad 3). Still trying to buy it for my iphone. Think it may have been removed. I'm glad I got to play Kard Combat as it introduced me to how excellent a game this is.

Spectromancer has ability to save your game and replay it (slow, normal, fast, very fast) if you wish. The in game log is extensive and if you just got utterly destroyed big time you can click on the card in the log file to see it's abilities and description.

No asynch I doubt it. A game, if not in realtime, would take forever I believe but I could be wrong about this as I only created an account online but yet to play online yet. There were 36 players online on one of the 5 realms (servers).

This is by far going to be the most played game for quite sometime I'd imagine. I didn't like playing Kard Combat in potrait mode on the ipad. This one is in landscape mode on ipad.

For people new to this game it does have a HINT button called "Get Advice" and it'll prompt you which card is ideal to play. Once you memorize all the cards the gameplay is extremely fast. When you start a game quickly scan all your cards which you have at play not just the ones you can summon at the time. It allows you to plan ahead for future turns.

Music in game is decent but ultimately I prefer to listen to my own music but the sounds effects are pretty cool.

Anyone know what in the options "Customize random class" means? By default all of the 12 mages classes are checked.
08-26-2012, 02:08 AM
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Finland
Posts: 329
Think I played this on computer on Kongregate website some years ago.
Really liked that game. Even though there were only 200 cards (if Kong had the same amount) the tactical decisions seemed much more plentiful than for example your usual Magicthe Gathering deck.

There is only one thing that makes me hesitant about buying this game right away; I'm not sure how long the single player campaign is.
Then again with that price tag I believe the game is much more than worth it even with shorter gampaign.

Edit: Bah! The iPhone version link doesn't work and searching in the AppStore won't find it either.
Guess I need to wait a day or so.

Last edited by Faeryan; 08-26-2012 at 02:11 AM.
08-26-2012, 02:52 AM
Apparently the iPhone version's been appearing and disappearing all day. For anyone who was lucky enough to get both versions, are there differences between the two? (Besides one being HD of course)
08-26-2012, 03:05 AM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 284
got the HD version and find it much more appealing than kard combat.

very nice game, probably will get both versions (iphone version seems to be slim-designed for portrait mode). retina-support would be nice some day.

this week is killing me, great releases all the way... need a second life for playing them all ;)

Last edited by Janni; 08-26-2012 at 03:17 AM.
08-26-2012, 03:24 AM
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Hertfordshire, UK
Posts: 451
The iPhone version is not in the UK App Store yet.