In Dead Man's Draw, players end their turn whenever they want to. Getting too greedy can lead to drawing a suit that has already been seen though, which results in losing everything that was gained during that turn. Stopping a turn to bank cards helps avoid a total loss, but different card types call for a bit more strategy. The Hook allows players to play a card from their bank for example, and drawing the Kraken forces a player to take two additional cards. When the deck is depleted, players add up points from the highest valued card they have in each suit, with the greatest total winning the game.
Stardock's recent Kickstarter for a physical counterpart of Dead Man's Draw ended about $3,000 shy of its goal on November 9. Instead of canning the project, Stardock posted a PDF of the full card set several days later as a "thank you for everything." If you've got enough apps on your phone, you can instead partake in the local multiplayer experience the developer was hoping to deliver on a commercial level.
Critically Acclaimed Risk-vs-Reward Gameplay Now Free in All Territories
PLYMOUTH, MI. Dec. 10, 2013 Stardock announced today the conversion of its well-received debut mobile title, Dead Mans Draw, to a purchase price of free.
Available immediately through Apples App Store for iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad® devices, Dead Mans Draw offers simple but strategic gameplay that boils down the elements of strategy games into a single decision: whether to draw another card that can multiply your riches or lose them all.
Since the launch of Dead Mans Draw in October, Stardock has added 14 additional tournaments for players to conquer in free updates. That additional content, plus the entire base game and all of the other improvements that have been added since release, are available without spending any real money in the new, free-to-play incarnation of Dead Mans Draw.
Dead Mans Draw has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 500 user reviews on the iTunes store, and has been praised by critics from QuarterToThree.com, 148apps.com, PocketTactics.com, and more.
Stardock has gifted players who purchased Dead Mans Draw for its original $1.99 price a generous sum of in-game currency as a thank-you for their support.
To learn more about Dead Man's Draw, visit www.deadmansdrawgame.com. For more information on Stardock, please visit www.stardock.com.
- Key specs
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- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16
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