Free Epic Game Review - Faeria
Publisher: Versus Evil
Release Date: February 13, 2020
Description: With its unique living board, Faeria will challenge you with truly strategic card battles. Craft your deck, shape the battlefield, and fight for victory!
A strategy game like no other. Build exciting decks and shape the battlefield as you fight epic battles. Raise mountains, build forests, fill lakes, or harness the sands of the deserts. You choose your own path to victory.
My Time Spent Playing: An embarrassing amount
Review: Faeria was one of the first games I picked up for free on Epic. I played it heavily through the pandemic, but have not played a lot since. I enjoyed the colourful graphics, the deceptively simple gameplay and the strategy. Faeria has elements of Magic the Gathering, but is easier to manage and comes with an evolving board that can impact gameplay. There is lots of solo-play, as well as a multi-player feature that I under-utilized as I do with most multi-player games. Despite that, I was able to put in a staggering number of hours to this game before I finally lost interest. It was easy to fire up the game, play a 10-15 game against the AI or try out one of the puzzles inbetween other tasks.
The storyline is light, but there are a variety of AI characters to challenge you and they have personality and variety. The world-building is rich and the card types and creatures are plentiful. There's a lot to like about this game.
Despite how long I played, I am dropping the score a little because the AI had some key features that were easy to exploit. Grinding is an issue. There are "boss fights" that you can unlock at certain levels, but to get to the higher levels takes a long time and I left some of the fights unfinished. The game also offers diminishing returns once you've unlocked all the cards and built your favourite decks. I wish there more boss fights so I could build tailor-made decks for them. The dragon mode helps counter this, but so many of the dragons have the same tricks or are just ridiculous to fight that I didn't bother.
I also think I came to the game late, maybe. They don't seem to be making new content, and there was a mobile game, but it didn't seem to work right.