Heroes Vs Undead, An In-Depth Review

Gameplay: 7/10
Sounds: 1/10
Graphics: 6/10

Good introductory CCG for kids. | Simple to learn and not complex.

German-language (but browsers can auto-translate as you play).


Free to play, with in-game purchases.

May 13,2014


Heroes Vs Undead is a German-language browser-based collectible card game featuring quirky cartoon characters against a horde of invading undead, aimed more towards children and young adults in both theme and mechanics. Using a deck of heroes you’ll need to deploy your characters to the field and attempt to take down the opposing undead commander and its minions.

Please note: this is German-language game, but since all the text is rendered in the browser it is completely possible to play the entire game using a browser’s translation feature (such as Google Chrome which can auto-translate everything as it appears on the screen).

So how does the game play and is it a good game? Read on to find out…


The main combat screen, set as a battle between radioactive superheroes and radioactive zombies. Radiation seems to have a lot to answer for in this game’s world…


In short, the game plays very much like a watered down kids version of Hearthstone. You have a deck full of Heroes which you need to summon onto your side of the field. You also have a commander that has an amount of life which will slowly drain as enemy units attack it directly. Your commander cannot attack directly, but will have a hero power that can be used repeatedly (such as the 2-cost Granade that deals 1 damage to a random enemy unit). You start off with 1 energy and gain 1 extra maximum energy per turn.

Using energy, you’ll summon your heroes to the field. They must wait a turn before attacking, but otherwise can attack any target and the hero and target zombie will both attack each other at the same time, dealing damage to each others’ health. Occasionally heroes and zombies will have text keyword abilities, like Blockers (they must be attacked and killed before being able to target any other cards for attacks). Battles continue on in this fashion until one player wins.


The continents are linear, unlocking each new zone as you defeat the enemy encounter there. It makes it nice and simple for kids as they know what they have to do for each next step.

Modes and Features

There is a campaign that will unlock rewards for you as you play through it. You go through “continents” one at a time collecting skulls needed which will unlock new continents for you to explore. The game’s City is the hub for all the other modes and features of the game, such as deck building, your card collection, the Shop where you can buy boosters, and so on.


The city interface is easy to use, with a building for each area of the game. It will be especially easy for kids to navigate around this menu system.

When you level up your character you can unlock a few other modes like achievements, an Arena and so on. There is a sense of progression here, that you can pour a lot of time into the game to slowly upgrade your character, card collection and so on. This will make it a good game to keep kids entertained over a longer period of time, I think.

Boosters when opened will show you 8 card backs and a list of all the possible cards you can find, but you’re only allowed to keep 4 cards initially. So you select the cards one at a time and it will reveal which from the list you’ve obtained. This means you won’t always get the rare from the pack unless you click on it (which I think is a bit unfair, especially in a kids game). When you’ve picked your 4, you can continue to pay diamonds to click further cards.


This is a booster pack system that is used quite rarely but shows up occasionally. I’m not a fan of it but it seems to work and the random aspect might be exciting for kids.

Final Thoughts

Heroes Vs Undead is not the most original card game, borrowing heavily from games like Hearthstone. Nevertheless, it seems pretty perfect for young kids and children of TCG/CCG fans looking to get their kids into a gateway game that will spark an interest in the genre. The cards are brightly drawn and, importantly, are appropriate for kids with only cartoon-like levels of horror and violence.

While free-to-play, there are of course premium boosters that can be purchased so make sure to monitor any children’s use of the game and limit their ability to spend more than you’re willing to part with for the game.

The strategy is fairly light but introduces a lot of core concepts that will show up in other, more complicated card games later on which makes Heroes Vs Undead a pretty good precursor to more adult TCGs/CCGs. As a game for adults, I can’t rate it very highly, but if we are to consider it as a kids-only game I would rate it much higher as it’s perfect for that age group.

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Zac Phoenix
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Zac Phoenix graduated with First Class Honors in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and has been playing strategy card games since childhood. He has a keen interest in the underlying mechanics and player interactions of trading card games, as well as tabletop game design in the digital space. He also designs card games in his spare time.

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