I'd never heard of Redakai but of course, my 12 year old son had and he was really pleased when I showed him the pack we'd been sent to review!
I've always been sceptical about these kind of card games. Aiden started collecting Pokemon cards a few years ago and I just saw them as a waste of money. I couldn't understand how the battles you see on the TV or on the Gameboy, (yes, I'm showing my age now! I was hooked on Pokemon on the Gameboy when Aiden was a toddler!) could translate to a card game.
To be honest though, I never took the time to find out how you actually played it. Maybe if I had, I could have spent more quality time with Aiden doing something he loved; I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually enjoyed playing Redakai!
I did take me a while to actually understand the rules and aim of the game but with help from Aiden, I eventually got the hang of it.
Now I know how to play, I can't understand why I got so confused in the first place; it's really quite easy! I think I probably expected it to be more complicated so I was over thinking it when I read the game play instructions.
In the box you get an assortment of Character cards, monster cards and attack cards. You each pick a Character card then use monster cards to help your own character and attack cards to attack your opponent. Monster cards can heal damage you've been dealt from an attack and they can also increase your defence zones.
You do need a box each really to be able to play a proper game but seeing as we only had one box sent for review, we split the deck in half and played a mini game for the purpose of the review!
Aiden won the first time we played but I'm ready for a rematch! A lot of games aimed at children can become a bit of a chore because of the mind numbing boredom but this game kept me interested and was enough of a challenge to stop me getting bored too quickly.
The cards are stored in the plastic box and they're very strong, which is a plus point in this house because Ella (4) won't be able to do as much damage as she would if they were just made of card!
We both love the 3d effect and the movement on the attack cards is great.
For full details of how to play the basic game, check out the Redakai site.
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Spinmaster say "Start your training to become a Kairu warrior with the Redakai Starter Pack! Face off against any opponent with your arsenal of animated attacks. Use the X-Reader to store your X-Drives, and then transform it into your battlefield for a one-on-one Kairu showdown! Master the power of Kairu with the Redakai Starter Pack! Comes with 16 X-Drives plus 7 bonus X-Drives! And a two in one battlefield/ storage case."
NEW Redakai X-Drive Starter Pack - worth £9.99