When Leaf Village comes under attack while most of their ninja are out on various missions, it falls to a small handful of ninja to protect the village! Together, the members of Team 7 and a couple of their close friends will attempt to turn back the invaders. They are the last line of defense, and they must not fall! Naruto Shippuden: Village Defenders is a fast paced, cooperative card game where players assume the role of TEAM 7’s heroes as they fight back an invading force of enemies that fans of Naruto Shippuden will be quick to recognize.
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I was excited to try the game out, but was disappointed that the fighting was more about how many rounds you can push your luck drawing a token out of a bag while fighting against a single enemy.
Each fighting round you draw a combat token out of a bag. If the enemy card has a space that matches that token you continue the fight. Then you play a single card from your hand where the upper-left corner either matches the symbol (to end the fighting round) or doesn't match (to continue the fighting round.) The card you play may have a special ability on the bottom that you can trigger by spending a number of chakra tokens. When the fight is over, because you played a same symbol card, you win the fight and deal damage based on how many combat tokens are on the enemy.
If you draw a combat token out of the bag at the start of a new round, and there is no uncovered matching symbol space on the enemy card, the enemy wins and deals damage to you equal to the amount of combat tokens already on their card. That is more or less it.
There is some deck building / card drafting that you can choose to do each round when you're not trying to recover stamina/chakra, but my disappointment with the game is that the damage doesn't really come from the cards during combat like they would in an action game with deck building.
To push my luck, I'll stick with "Samurai Spirit" and for an awesome deck-builder, "The Attack on Titan: Deck Building" game. Keep training Naruto.