Redakai – The Hot, New Trading Card Game

I’ve got a house full of girls, so when it comes to trading cards and role-playing games, if it doesn’t involve princesses, then I haven’t got a clue. After being introduced to Redakai, though, I can certainly see what all the fuss is about!

Spin Master has rolled out an all-new spin on card-based role-playing games. They’ve simplified it – enough to the point that this mom and her 7 year-old “princess” could get a handle on it! From what I understand, in traditional card-based role-playing games, you have to keep track of damage, power upgrades, and character status either in your head or write it down on paper. With Redakai, the cards do all that work for you, which I’ll explain to the best of my ability!

Redakai cards have super-fancy (I mean that in the coolest way possible, and not at all the princess way) lenticular 3D motion. The basic step-up is that you have your “portable battlefield” set and a deck of cards. Your battlefield can be connected to an opposing players’ and you will both start out with a player card, which would be a character of your choosing from your deck. Each of the Redakai characters (there’s even a girl!!) have certain characteristics, abilities, weaknesses, etc. The next step is to attack your opponent’s character, or be attacked by your opponent, when you place the mostly-clear “action” card on top of the character card. The lenticular overlay changes the health and appearance of your character. You and your opponent continue “hitting” or “attacking” each other until one of your characters is wiped out. It’s pretty fun and engaging, and I think the “Blast 3D” cards are incredible and definitely make this game stand out from the crowd.

The Redakai X-Reader Starter Pack retails for $12.99 and it includes two Power Packs of cards and a portable “battlefield” set to not only keep and carry your cards in, but use “in battle.” The individual Power Packs sell at a suggested retail price of $5.99. As you can see, this is a very affordable game! Beyond the basics, there are plenty of other accessories for Redakai game play, from tournament-ready decks (for serious Redakai players) to action figures and animation units. You can find all of these and more at Redakai.com. Also, the suggested age is for 6 years and older, so this would be a great idea for Christmas for nearly any age – boys and girls both!

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