Star Wars: Card Trader Review [iOS]

starwars_cards_iconWhen I was a kid, we didn’t have all this digital stuff like we do now. Back then, if we wanted to read comics, we went to the store and bought comicbooks. If we wanted to watch a movie on demand, we’d go to Blockbuster. All of this is for the better as I guess we can get the same content quicker now, but what about other forms of media? What about trading cards? Are those just as good digitally as they were as physical cards? The Topps Company hopes so because their latest app, Star Wars: Card Trader is betting on it.

So what is this app? Star Wars: Card Trader is basically an app dedicated to collecting and trading Topps Star Wars cards digitally. You can purchase card packs using digital currency and open them up as if they were real cards. The appeal of the app obviously is the Star Wars licensing and the chance of obtaining rare cards. It’s simple enough to use. Go into the store, buy one of the many card packs available, and then open it to see what you get. All cards gained are added to your collection.

Just like with real cards, you can flip them around to read details about the card. There are over 1000+ cards to collect with different grades of rarity. If you’re worried about spending your own money, don’t because the app allots you a good chuck of currency each day as a bonus that you can use to buy card packs. For the cards you don’t have, you can trade them with the community to help complete your set.

As great as this sounds, I just don’t see how this comes close to the actual experience of collecting cards. Part of the fun was actually opening card packs physically and going through them to see what you got. Not only that, it used to be so fun arranging the cards into order in your binders and seeing which cards you were missing or which cards you had duplicates of. Trading what you had with friends was also part of the fun. To me, collecting and trading cards digitally just doesn’t feel the same and loses that “fun” factor in my opinion. After using the app for a few days, I’ve already become quite bored with it, even though I’m a huge fan of Star Wars. That’s a shame.

That’s not to say there is anything wrong with the Star Wars: Card Trader app. It’s perfectly good at what it does and I can appreciate the fact that you can use most of it for free without ever having to dip into real money. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll probably want to download this just so you can get more information about all your favorite characters. It’s at least great for that. I just lost interest in it as it wasn’t exactly very “fun” and I just kept getting a lot of the same cards over and over and over again to make it satisfying. Even when I did get a rare card, it barely registered as excitement as they don’t differ much from the other normal cards.

iTunes Link: Star Wars: Card Trader
Version: 1.0.1
Developer: The Topps Company
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

STAR WARS™: Card Trader. These are the cards you’re looking for…

Topps is back with an all-new digital card collecting experience called STAR WARS: Card Trader.

Collect and trade over 1,000 officially-licensed STAR WARS™ digital cards. All of your favorite characters, vehicles, and locations from the STAR WARS universe are here. From the nostalgic, including replicas of the original “STAR WARS ‘77” set by Topps, to the futuristic, including all new trading cards with exciting digital twists, you’ll be able to take your entire STAR WARS card collection with you anywhere you go.

The First Cards From STAR WARS: The Force Awakens™.
BB-8, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Rey, and the other recently announced new characters from STAR WARS: The Force Awakens are here! Go to the Cantina and blast open packs to try to find these exciting new cards, all released in vintage-inspired “STAR WARS ‘77” red and blue border designs. Be the first to get digital collectibles from the upcoming film. Collect ‘em, trade ‘em, but don’t expect a stick of gum.

Real Digital Cards.
Only Topps brings you over 30 years of officially-licensed STAR WARS cards in new, high-definition digital format, from the vintage era to today. Couldn’t complete The Empire Strikes Back, Series 1 red border card set back in 1980? Or weren’t even born then? All Topps’ vintage STAR WARS cards will be re-released in STAR WARS: Card Trader. Haven’t collected cards in a while? Check out Topps’ state-of-the-art Parallax and Motion cards, innovations that could never have existed in cardboard!

Trade Like A Jawa.
STAR WARS: Card Trader brings together the best community of digital card collectors in the world. Want to trade cards with other, real STAR WARS fans at any time, day or night? STAR WARS: Card Trader is like a 24/7 STAR WARS card convention that you can take with you anywhere you go. Meet real people, make friends, complete trades, and build your collection with confidence using features like 9-for-9 trading and Trader Ratings to highlight your trading partner’s trustworthiness.

Open A Free Pack Every Single Day.
There’s nothing quite like opening a new pack of cards. The agony over choosing the right pack. The anticipation of what it might contain. The thrill of pulling a hit card! STAR WARS: Card Trader brings you to the Cantina, the most dynamic card store in the universe. New stores, new aisles, and new packs appear not just daily, not just hourly, but every couple of minutes. There’s always something new. Even free packs. With digital card collecting, there’s no wrong path, only your path. Feel the Force. Trust yourself.

Collect official STAR WARS digital cards from the original six films, STAR WARS™: The Clone Wars, and STAR WARS™ Rebels today!

[Source: iTunes]

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