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Mojang’s Scrolls Arrives On PC, Mac, Android December 11

by Mike Futter on Dec 05, 2014 at 04:23 AM

After an extended alpha and beta period, Mojang is ready to release its collectible card game-meets-board game. Scrolls will arrive next week.

The game will launch on Thursday, December 11, on PC, Mac, and Android. The price has been reduced on all platforms to $5, and anyone that participated in the alpha or beta will have access to the full version.

For those interested in trying the game, a demo version is available on Mojang’s website (account required). To ensure the game does not become pay-to-win, the developer is capping the amount of scrolls you can purchase with real money.

“This sounds unlikely, but you really don’t have to spend more than the cost of Scrolls ($4.99) to progress,” Mojang writes. “All items are available for a reasonable amount of gold.”

There is also a crafting system that provides benefits for merging three identical scrolls. At tier 2, the aesthetic changes and the cards begin to track usage stats. At the tier 3, you can gold when the cards are drawn. There is no in-game benefit for upgraded cards.

Scrolls will also be coming to iPad. Mojang says that version is taking a bit more time, but will be released as soon as it is ready.

 

Our Take
With the Hearthstone craze still in full effect, Mojang has the opportunity to strike big with Scrolls. The combination of collectible elements with board game-style strategy works well and offers something different than CCGs like Blizzard’s hit.