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Pixel Tactics online is a digital adaptation of a physical card fighter inspired by Level 99 Games video games, which will be released on Steam this summer. (So it will be a video game inspired by a card game inspired by video games).
The cards Pixel tactics represents characters based on RPG classes known as the paladin, the assassin, and the summoner. Each player usually starts with an identical 25-card deck of characters, as well as a 3×3 grid to unfold. The box in which a letter is displayed affects your stats and skills.
Players draft and move heroes in turns around the grids of their unit to maximize their synergies. It’s a bit like automatic fights like Teamfight Tactics, but with direct control of each of your units. The goal is to eliminate the opposing leader in the center of each player's grid. I like to play the small box card game when I want a fast-paced game that tactically satisfies one-on-one just a set-up time. Even with just the first set of basic boxes, the matches are a lot of fun and very repeatable.
According to one recent live broadcast of questions and answers with the editorPixel Tactics Online will play even faster than its physical counterpart, as the number of actions players can take each turn has increased from two to three. (I wouldn't mind adding it as a new general rule for the card game as well).
In addition to online PvP, Pixel Tactics Online will feature a 25-stage solo mode, each with three difficulty levels, and the publisher will claim a total of 75 unique stages. Like the physical card game, there are no microtransactions or booster packs, although the price has not yet been announced. Players will unlock additional cards by completing stages in solo mode, allowing them to customize their deck with cards from other sets.
The original Pixel Tactics card game released in 2012 and spawned several sequels and derivations, including an officially licensed version of Mega Man that includes all robot masters instead of fantasy classes (and more streamlined rules). Judging by the screenshots, unfortunately we can assume that the Mega Man license does not extend to Pixel Tactics Online.
Level 99 Games is a standalone board game publisher and developer known for its art styles and video game-inspired designs. Its largest game series, BattleCon, is a 1v1 card-based fighting game that was brought to Steam in 2018 as BattleCon: online.