14 best card games in 2024 for PC, console & mobile

14 best card games in 2024 for PC, console & mobile
Images via Riot Games

Written by 

Lloyd Coombes

Last updated 

1st May 2024 16:39

Card games are easy to learn, but difficult to master. With so many to play across PC, console, and mobile, it can be hard to know which ones are worth investing your time (and even money) into - so from traditional card games to the less conventional ones, here are our picks of the very best on offer.

Digital card games come in all flavours, whether they are classics based on the physical versions of Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon, spin-offs of popular gaming franchises like League of Legends, Warcraft, or Marvel, or completely new experiences that take advantage of the popular gameplay style.

Best card games for console, PC & mobile in 2024, ranked

14 - SpellRogue

SpellRogue combat gameplay
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  • Developer: Guidelight Games
  • Release date: February 2024 (Early Access)
  • Platforms: PC

A roguelike card battler that looks an awful lot like Slay the Spire, SpellRogue is the latest addition to our list. Despite those similarities, it more than earns its spot by mixing the fun of playing just the right card at just the right time with a need to roll dice to play them.

Special dice, enemy effects that adjust how they work, or just careful use of whatever resource your roll grants you make this a fine addition to any digital card gamer's collection - and since it's in Early Access, it's only likely to get better.

For more, check out our Early Hours feature.

13 - Monster Train

Monster Train screenshot showing combat
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Image via Shiny Shoe

  • Developer: Shiny Shoe
  • Release date: May 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch

You know how gamers often say Slay the Spire inspired a wave of rogue-lite card battlers? Monster Train proudly wears that influence on its demonic sleeve, but it takes things on the road - or more specifically, on the rails.

As the name suggests, Monster Train takes place on a railway vehicle barrelling toward Hell to keep its flames lit, under siege from heavenly enemies looking to finish the war once and for all.

Monster Train keeps the formula fresh with multi-tiered combat, with different enemies duking it out with your tribe’s chosen warriors, and picking the right composition for the job is just as important as the cards you draw.

12 - Warhammer 40,000: Warpforge

an image of Warhammer 40K: Warpforge gameplay
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Image via Everguild

  • Developer: Everguild
  • Release date: October 2023
  • Platforms: PC, mobile

The past few years have seen a slew of different Warhammer games, with the universe being explored in genres ranging from boomer shooters to strategy games. Warpforge is the Warhammer adaption of a collectible card game that launched into early access in 2023. 

While it's still raw and suffers from some balancing issues, it's a new way of exploring the grim dark 40K universe and features fun strategic gameplay. We're interested to see how it expands over time, making now a great time to jump in.

11 - Faeria

Faeria screenshot showing an evolving map
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Image via Abrakam Entertainment

  • Developer: Abrakam Entertainment
  • Release date: March 2017
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Faeria is a board game with a twist - as you play, you create the world around you. That makes it a little like Catan, as well as being a great card game in its own right.

You’ll generate forests, create lakes, and battle opponents amidst an ever-shifting world. There are no microtransactions, either, although there are optional DLC packs.

Faeria also offers a co-op campaign, a draft mode, and even a dedicated competitive scene.

10 - Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Gwent screenshot showing an explosion
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Image via CD Projekt Red

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Release date: October 2018
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS4, Xbox One

Gwent was secretly one of the best parts of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in a game full of brilliant things to do. The card game was so popular that CDPR spun it into its own title.

Sadly, it’ll no longer receive content following the end of 2023, but there’s still plenty to enjoy - and it’ll remain live past that point, too.

9 - Legends of Runeterra

Legends of Runeterra screenshot showing multiple spells being cast
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Image via Riot Games

  • Developer: Riot Games
  • Release date: April 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile

League of Legends needs no introduction, but Riot’s card-based spin-off Legends of Runeterra is so good it feels like more people should be talking about it.

Its unique mechanics include levelling up Champion cards, as well as a more conversational turn structure that lets players respond to an opponent’s play immediately.

There’s even a single-player, deckbuilding mode that lets you create decks way too powerful for normal play, and a generous free-to-play system that makes it easy to build plenty of decks to start with.

8 - Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire screenshot showing combat
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Image via Mega Crit Games

  • Developer: Mega Crit Games
  • Release date: November 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch

Slay the Spire offers a simple concept, but one that’s so effective that it has inspired dozens of similar games - including titles on this very best card games list.

Players pick a character class and move through combat encounters using card-based attacks and abilities to reach the top of the titular Spire. Die, and you’ll head back to the start, but you’ll grow in power with every win.

Don’t let Slay the Spire’s simplistic visual stylings fool you, either - it’s fiendishly smart and just as addictive.

7 - Marvel Snap

Marvel Snap promotional image
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Image via Second Dinner

  • Developer: Second Dinner
  • Release date: October 2022
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile

Marvel Snap brings the iconic comic book license to a card-battler that’s over in six turns or less. Players place their cards to accrue power in three separate locations and need to claim two out of three to win.

It’s a simple concept, but Marvel Snap implores you to engage with different deck types through abilities that make sense when attached to its characters. Within minutes, you’ll be hooked, and looking up the best Marvel Snap decks of all different types.

6 - Balatro

Balatro gameplay
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Image via LocalThunk

  • Developer: LocalThunk
  • Release date: February 2024
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch

Balatro merges the deckbuilding of something like Slay The Spire with the quickfire rounds of Marvel Snap, all tied up in... Poker. It's a wild combination, and perhaps the strangest thing is that it works so well that it's nigh-on impossible to stop playing. It's one-of-a-kind in every sense, and so moreish.

Scariest of all, Balatro is coming to mobile - and that means our productivity is about to take a nosedive when it does.

5 - Pokemon TCG Live

Pokemon TCG Live screenshot showing a match
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Image via The Pokemon Company

  • Developer: The Pokemon Company
  • Release date: April 2022
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile

From the craze of the nineties to an easy pick for the list of the best CCGs in 2023, Pokemon TCG Live has replaced Pokemon TCG Online - a solid effort that definitely needed an update.

Thankfully, Pokemon TCG Live offers a much flashier presentation and more comprehensive mobile experience, and whilst it's a great way to learn the core TCG, it’s also a fantastic game in its own right.

You can even redeem codes from TCG packs to add cards to your digital collection, too.

4 - Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel screenshot showing combat
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Image via Konami

  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: January 2022
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch

There have been more story-focused Yu-Gi-Oh games for years, but Master Duel is the closest you’ll get to cracking open boosters and decks and playing a match against friends or new opponents.

That means there’s a huge collection of thousands of cards and almost endless combinations, but there are also tutorials that showcase specific cards and concepts.

3 - Hearthstone

a promo image of Hearthstone for mobile
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Image via Blizzard

  • Developer: Blizzard
  • Release date: March 2014
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile

Arguably one of the driving forces behind the digital card game resurgence, Hearthstone is a juggernaut with hundreds of cards and thousands of possibilities for creative play.

The game is easy to learn, and while the constant addition of expansions can get a little expensive to keep up with, Hearthstone always offers things to do - whether it’s a new mode, the occasional single-player campaign, or just taking your deck of Warcraft-themed cards online to battle friends.

There’s even an auto-battler included. All these years on, Hearthstone continues to surprise us.

2 - Inscryption

Inscryption screenshot showing card combat against a creepy figure
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Image via Daniel Mullins

  • Developer: Daniel Mullins Games
  • Release date: October 2021
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, Console

The less you know heading into Inscryption, the better, with the game’s card game shenanigans happening in a creepy cabin in the woods against a foe that switches personalities with eerie masks.

It harkens back to creepy old flash games from yesteryear and evolves in unexpected ways - shedding its skin to become a different beast entirely.

What is the best card game in 2024?

1 - Magic: The Gathering: Arena

Magic the Gathering Arena promotional image, the best card game of 2024
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Image via Wizards of the Coast

  • Developer: Wizards of the Coast
  • Release date: September 2018
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile

If you’ve ever wanted to become a Planeswalker, there’s never been a better time, as Magic: The Gathering: Arena is the best way to jump into the decades-old card game.

One of my personal favourite card games that I've played (and I've played a lot of them), with a generous selection of starter decks, an excellent tutorial, and Draft options, there’s plenty to keep you busy - I'm just waiting for the popular Commander format to be added.

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Lloyd Coombes
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Lloyd Coombes
Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.
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