Shadow Era – Game Introduction
Shadow Era is an online collectible card game from Kyle Poole for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You’ll need to build a powerful deck to defeat your opponents. To get started, look no further than Gamezebo’s quick start guide with plenty of tips, tricks, hints and cheats that will help you on your journey.
Quick Start Guide
- To start playing Shadow Era, you need to download it for free by clicking “Get It Now!” at the top of this page.
- After the game has installed, you can launch it by tapping on the icon on your home screen labeled “Shadow Era”.
- The first screen you’ll see requires that you sign up for an account to play the game. Enter your email address and password in the appropriate text boxes, then tap the “Login/Register” button to continue.
- Now you’ll need to choose your starting Hero to begin playing with your free starter deck. Flick your finger left and right on the screen to choose from multiple classes, such as Warriors and Priests, each of which comes with different basic statistics and a special move or ability.
- The choice of Hero is up to you, based on your expected play style. If you’d like melee combat, choose Warriors. If you like to stand back and fire at enemies from afar, choose a class like a Hunter or Mage. For the sake of this guide, we have chosen Gwenneth Truesight as our hero – a Hunter.
- Once you have chosen your Hero, you will need to choose a username that will be shown to other players in the online space.
- Now, you will be shown the World Map, which is where you find and select other opponents to battle. You will see these opponents as small avatars on the screen. Tap on one and you will be shown a bit of the game’s storyline in a text window, along with seeing how many experience points and gold you will earn for winning. Tap Accept to begin the battle.
Heading into Battle
- Each battle begins with both you and your enemy drawing six cards from your deck. Battles are turn-based, and you draw a card from your deck each time your turn comes around.
- When your opponent plays a card from their deck, you will be shown a close-up of this card, and the game will pause. Tap on this card and the game will continue.
- As you begin each battle, you will need to acquire resources, which are used to play other cards. This is done by “sacrificing” one of the cards in your hand, turning it into a resource. Resources are required to play other cards, so it’s a smart idea to sacrifice a card each time you have a turn until you think you have enough resources to move on. You can sacrifice a card simply by tapping on it and tapping Sacrifice.
- Each time you have a turn thereafter, you’ll be able to spend these resource points to play Ally and Item cards until you run out. Resources recharge every turn.
- Each card in your hand has a number in the top left corner (normally 1-4) which tells you how many resources you will need on-hand to play it. Any card that can be played legally on your turn will highlight, simplifying play. Tap on the card you would like to send into battle and tap on Cast.
- Until you have enough resources, you won’t be able to do anything with these casted cards, so for now, you’ll need to end your turn by tapping on End Turn in the lower right corner of the screen.
- As you earn resources and play Ally cards (living companions that help your Hero in battle), these Ally cards will enter the battle in an exhausted state, and can’t actually attack until your next turn.
- When your next turn rolls around, any formerly exhausted Ally will now be ready to attack. Tap on them and choose to attack your enemy’s Allies or Hero directly by tapping on them in the now close-up view of your opponent’s play-area. If you attack an Ally, there is a chance it could defend and strike back. If you have a higher attack rating (represented by a sword in the bottom left of the card) than the enemy’s health, it will be defeated and sent to the Graveyard, where all used cards remain for the rest of play.
- Your Hero will remain inactive through most of play, until you have equipped him/her with a weapon in the Items portion of the game board (as you cast cards, they are played either to Items or Allies, depending on their type). Battles end when a Hero’s health reaches zero points (the health is represented by a blood drop in the lower right corner of your Hero’s card).
- Be on the lookout for cards that deal automatic damage to enemy Allies or the enemy’s Hero, as they can be played instantly, without waiting until your next turn.
- If you run out of cards in your Deck, you will have to end your turn. If your opponent can still draw cards on their turn, they will do so, and will attack you until your Hero has been defeated.
- At the end of battle, whether you win or lose, you will receive some experience points.
Interacting with the Merchant
- As you earn gold for winning battles, you’ll be able to purchase new cards for your deck to make it stronger, and give you an easier time with tougher enemies.
- To find the Merchant, tap on the very top-center of the screen to view the drop-down main menu, and tap on Merchant.
- You have two options for buying cards in the Merchant’s store. Either tap on a particular Deck box and tap on Buy to purchase the entire Deck with real currency, or tap on Buy at the bottom of the screen (to the right of the word “Packs”) to see each and every card in available, which can be purchased for gold.
- Cards cost varying amount of gold, depending on how powerful they are. You can see each card’s stats in a close-up view before you purchase it. As you first start the game, it would be smart to add more Allies to your deck, so find some that you like.
- Now that you have some new cards, let’s add them to your Deck.
- From the main menu, tap on Deck to access your current Deck, where you can remove and add cards.
- To start, you’ll only have one Deck available, and you can tap on each individual card to see its stats. If you find a card to be useless, you can tap on the card to view it full-size and then tap on “Remove” to remove it from your Deck. To add your newly purchased cards to the Deck, tap on them and select “Add.”
- If you have removed a lot of cards, and you no longer want them, you can sell them to the Merchant for half of the gold of their regular purchase price.
- When you are done altering your Deck, remember to tap on the Save button to save your changes.
Challenging Real World Players
- Once you have some experience with the game, you may feel like taking the fight to real world players, rather than just computer controlled ones in the game’s campaign. To do this, open the Main Menu and tap on Challenges.
- From this menu, you will see a list of players currently playing games, or waiting for opponents. You can tap on currently playing parties to watch their games unfold in real time as a spectator, or you can tap on a particular user to challenge them.
- You can also tap on Quick Game to start a quick game with an available opponent.
- Now that you know the basics of Shadow Era, you can head out and build your deck to how you see fit in no time! Be sure to check back with Gamezebo for tips, tricks, guides, reviews and more!