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  • Publisher: Rubicon
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Device: Universal
  • Size: 167.3 MB
  • Version: 3.4
  • Price: Free
  • Average User Rating: 5 (1)
App description: 18 man-years in the making by a BAFTA nominated studio, Combat Monsters takes the card battle genre to new heights.

We've married up the best bits of CCG games - the deck building and strategizing, with the best bits of RPG games - the fighting, to bring you a genuine evolution in fantasy card gaming.

AppsZoom - 91% - "An outstanding fantasy tactics game"

Build your dream battle deck from the many hundreds of available cards, pick a hero and enter the arena. Deploy your monsters to good advantage, then buff them with magical spells and equipment. Maneuvre and fight, and when the time is right overwhelm your hapless foes for glorious victory!

"Magic: The Gathering meets Battle Chess" - TechRaptor.net

Core card types are monsters, equipment (weapons, shields, etc), spells (instant effects) and runes (permanent effects). Timely deployment of cool combos can turn a battle at any moment.

There are many different races of Combat Monsters, each with their own special horde of warriors, mages and archers. Each race has a racial bonus that has a big effect on how you round out your deck, so plan well.

Every Combat Monster has a basic attack move and most of them also have an additional activated special ability, along with various power and defence stats that can be modified by equipping and armoring and playing runes and spells.

PixelVolt - 90% - "Amazing"

Want single player? We got you covered with a massive campaign. Play against a variety of AI opponents who are only too happy to throw all sorts of nastiness your way, at ever increasing difficulty levels.

When you've finished that, there is an endlessly replayable skirmish mode, where you can battle up to five computer opponents at once. Or you can at least try...!

GameWoof - 90% - "Rubicon knocks it out of the park again with this title."

Want multiplayer? We got you covered there too, with both realtime and asynchronous play options. Meet up online and smash the world. A full matchmaking system keeps it fair and provides a perfect level of challenge for all ability levels and collection sizes.

AppStoreArcade - 90% - "I wish that there were more hours in the day so I could play more Combat Monsters."

Coming soon in the next free update: Card trading and yet more new cards.

Join our dedicated forum for play tips, help, replays, tournaments and pleasant chat?

NB: Additional cards are accrued at a good pace, but there are iap's available to buy extra booster packs even faster. This game is not designed to hoover your wallet like some others though, and can be completed without spending money or waiting for artificial delays.

The term we use is "pay what you want". It's free to put that statement to the test, so please check it out?

Sanuku's comments:
NZ Release info :

The Game is out in New Zealand. It should be out in US at about 11 PM EST and Europe at around 12 AM UK time. Size of the app is 78.5 MB.

Price in NZ is Free

Requirements :
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation) and iPod touch (5th generation). This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Deploy, destroy, dethrone introducing Combat Monsters, our biggest game ever!

Combat Monsters are not your everyday monsters. They will follow your commands to vanquish the enemy or die a fiery death!

Play for FREE against friends right in front of you or on the other side of the globe. Devise strategies that make the most of your deck: will you overrun your adversary with dozens of bloodthirsty creatures? Defend your Hero at all costs with healing spells? Invest heavily in runes and concentrate on a few high-powered cards?

With 132 monsters, 70 weapons, 28 shields, 42 spells, 22 runes, 12 Heroes and 120+ maps to choose from, theres no end to the challenge in Combat Monsters.

After completing the campaign, its time to join the carnage online with up to SIX PLAYERS on a single board or two player pass & play. No friends? No problem! We included a Quick Battle skirmish mode that will get you a game in no time at all.

Play on PC, iOS or even that other platform with the green robot. Just log-in and play we made sure your account works on all supported devices. You can also do battle with fandroids and PC owners and show them whos boss :)

Combat Monsters is a unique combination of collectable card games and tactical combat 9 man-years in the making. If youre a fan of CCGs and/or turn-based tactical strategy games, we made this game for you.

Can you beat all the achievements? Will you be the one to acquire the first legendary card?

Download Combat Monsters today and find out!

NB: Your game progress is managed on our servers, so you will need an internet connection.
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10-22-2013, 04:20 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Forge World
Posts: 6,310
Nice a day early always a nice surprise.

NB: Your game progress is managed on our servers, so you will need an internet connection.

I'm not liking that line of description too much. Does that mean an internet connections is required at all times.

Last edited by oooooomonkey; 10-22-2013 at 04:23 PM.

10-22-2013, 04:35 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: California
Posts: 1,004
Always-on internet required


I'm not optimistic.
10-22-2013, 04:48 PM
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,763
Don't be worried about always online, people. Netflix is always online, and it works great :-D
10-22-2013, 04:56 PM
Awesome, finally! Hopefully the always-online features doesn't use too much bandwith!

10-22-2013, 05:03 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: Maine!
Posts: 4,171
Looks... AWESOME.

It's Rubicon, so that equals "I will own this."


Free... Alright, it's still Rubicon, so that's not horrible...


Persistent internet connection required? OooKkk...

Sure, if it was Netflix I wouldn't be concerned, but it's an iOS game, sooo...

I guess I'll know soon enough.


I could never give up.
10-22-2013, 05:08 PM
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: Denmark
Posts: 193
Interesting, been waiting for this. Not really worried about the free and required connection, but we'll see.
10-22-2013, 05:33 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,965
As far as the IAP, let me set you straight. (I beta tested).

You need to spend $2.99 for the trippler if you want to build your deck up before you grow old.

I spent $2.99 on the trippler during the beta, while some betas spent $49.99 or more. They crushed me for a while. Eventually, I was able to hold my own -- none win more than 50% against me now, and several cant beat me at all. It did take a while and a lot of games to get there, but how could one expect anything else? The game is as fair as this model can be, a great example of how to do this right.

If you arent willing to go the trippler route and do buy coins, use my code -- you'll get more coins, and I'll get a referral bonus. JFLF5HT. If you cant tolerate any period where a probably quite small segment of the gamers have any edge over you, dont play or buy coins.

Will answer any questions: I'm a big believer in the game.

Use The Code JFLF5HT To Get 50% More Coins In Combat Monsters!
10-22-2013, 05:39 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 749
I like that they have a one-time purchase option for a benefit in the game aside from the regular IAP purchases. So many freemium games have offered me some entertainment, yet when I go to give them money there are no options for someone who doesn’t want to pay $5 for a random one-time chance of getting something. For any creators of freemium games out there, get the best of both worlds and offer IAP for those than continuously buy AND those that want a one-time purchase.
10-22-2013, 05:44 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: Maine!
Posts: 4,171
Originally Posted by ArtNJ View Post
As far as the IAP, let me set you straight. (I beta tested).

You need to spend $2.99 for the trippler if you want to build your deck up before you grow old.


Will answer any questions: I'm a big believer in the game.
Sooo, would it be fair to say that the actual cost of a relatively satisfying experience of the game would be 3 bucks?


I could never give up.