Age of Rivals – a game by Dark Inertia Studios

Deep civilization-building strategy in a fast-paced card game!

There are many paths to victory in this competitive card drafting game featuring 12 unique characters and hundreds of cards ranging from great pyramids and war elephants to sneaky spies and crafty merchants.

Get it on Google Play


You know those games where you spend 10 hours building up a huge civilization with a carefully balanced economy, military, culture and defense so you can prove that you are the greatest ruler ever? This is like a 10 minute version of that. With cards.

Age of Rivals was inspired by boardgames like 7 Wonders and Dominion and CCGs like Hearthstone. We designed it to be ideal for 2 players to play in 10 minutes, and we emphasized depth and replayability.

The anti-deck building CCG. Having only minimal control over your deck encourages endless variety in each game and puts the focus on in-the-moment tactical decision-making. You may go heavily offensive one game with an arsenal of war machines and in the next game find yourself emphasizing artistic achievement and burglary. It’s all about trying to put together clever card combinations to counter what you think your opponent might do.

Perfectly balance your city’s culture, military, defense and economy to outwit your opponent and win!

What is cool about Age of Rivals?

All the mechanical depth of a great strategy boardgame, but:

  • Quick to play – no setup/cleanup, simultaneous turns
  • Designed to fit on a single screen, large or small
  • Designed for 2 players

All the tactical depth and replayability of a CCG, but:

  • No deckbuilding required – design your strategy as you go
  • Maximum variability – any card may show up in any game
  • Streamlined interactions – clear choices with clear results

Age of Rivals also features a very competitive AI for single player gamers.

Why did I build Age of Rivals?

Who is Age of Rivals for?

  • A strategy gamer to play with a more casual gamer. Your tactical decisions in the moment are more important than having a prior strategy.
  • Board-game fans who want a quicker experience with no setup, cleanup, or rule tracking.
  • CCG fans who just like trying to outwit an opponent more than they like building a deck, and who want every game to be surprising and have maximum variety.
  • Fans of civilization-building games who like to try to balance the concepts of culture, economy, offense and defense, but want to do it in a distilled, 15 minute experience.


  • Penny Arcade plays Age of Rivals
  • Jesse Cox plays Age of Rivals
  • Age of Rivals feels like a breath of fresh air in an App Store drowning in more traditional collectible card games” – 5/5 – 
  • “…there’s a depth here that other games of the same length can’t emulate” – Pocket Gamer – 8/10 Silver Award Winner
  • “One of the smartest things about Age of Rivals is how strikes a balance among separate but interrelated systems for armies, economies, art, religion, espionage.” – Quarter To Three (5/5)
  • “Age Of Rivals is a perfect example of what every strategic card game should be” – Player.One (9.5/10)
  • “It’s this interwoven tapestry of interlocking abilities that pushes Age of Rivals beyond being just another decent card game into the realm of greatness.” – Stately Play Review
  • “Age of Rivals starts off daunting but quickly unravels itself to become an addictive and strategic card game that stands up against the big boys.” – Pocket Tactics (4/5)
  • “Age of Rivals gets our recommendation by packing a lot of game in a quick playing, polished app.” – Pixelated Cardboard (4.5/5)
  • “There are many ways to overcome another empire: economy, culture, espionage, religion, building great works, and war… there is always war. In Age of Rivals, war is beautiful.” – 9/10 – Scorecery Review
  • “Civilization and Settlers of Catan meets Magic” – 4/5 – OnRPG Review
  • AppReviewCentral (4/5)
  • KickMyGeek Android Review and KickMyGeek iOS Review (French) (8.5/10)
  • Review (German) (5/5)
  • Bonus Stage Review
  • Ludokultur Review (German)
  • Review of Age of Rivals (Russian)
  • Rubber Chicken Review of Age of Rivals (Portuguese)

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