An ultra-complicated, often confounding and ultimately rewarding card game, "Wingspan" is set among the world of birds.
Sounds boring, right? Not so fast. Every bit as intense and nail-biting as a game with spells, crafting and summons.
Aiming to establish the most gorgeous, diverse and thriving wildlife preserve, you gather eggs, deploy bird species and strategize ways to edge out rivals.
The dev squad at Monster Couch deploys a labyrinthine swirl of rules, guidelines and subsets that are as difficult to grasp as it is to catch a feathered friend in your hands.
Once you get the hang of it -- an extended tutorial and frequent referrals to walkthroughs don't hurt -- you'll find yourself obsessing over the permutations of diets, eggs, habitats and subspecies.
There is a lot to digest here -- too much for the armchair dilettante -- but a rich tapestry in which to delve for those who like to find themselves lost in the clouds. It may be tough to find similarly-minded avian devotees, but should you find your flock, you're experience will no doubt take flight.
Anyone else needs to be content to peck it out with the punishing A.I. That mode is for the birds.
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