Collectible card games, also sometimes called deck-building games or simply card games, constitute a type of video game where an important part of the gameplay is to create a deck of cards. As the game progresses, the players unlock new cards that they can use during the encounters. On the cards you can find heroes, monsters, spells, special abilities, weapons – all this depends on the mechanics that govern a given card game. Of course, collectible card games and deck-building games also exist outside of the digital world. The most famous of them is Magic the Gathering. The game also had many versions for the computers and consoles. In the digital world, Blizzard’s Hearthstone is one of the most famous if not the most famous representative of the genre. It owes its popularity to simple rules and the popular Warcraft universe in which it is played. Another notable game is Gwent: The Witcher Card Game from CD Projekt Red.
It is also worth to mention a less known card game. XenoShyft is a deck-building title from 2016 in which you face alien invaders. This is a purely cooperative game, the atmosphere of which is compared to the Starship Troopers movie. Hordes of aliens who charge at us in this game, are horrible and scary and want to eat us alive. This card game is a great example of deck-building games. In the game, you must gather your troops and arm them so that they defend your base against the natives. This happens because you have come to their planet to extract minerals. Technically, you are the alien invaders.
In the end, it is worth underlining the subtle difference between collectible card games (CCG) and deck-building games. In CCGs, you create a deck before the game begins. In the other type, you build it during the game. A typical representative of the latter genre is the roguelike RPG Slay the Spire.