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Club Penguin Series 3 Trading Cards are a tiny bit more exciting than your average trading card packs are. They retail for between £1 and £1.50 per packet, depending on where you buy them from. The best places at the moment seem to be ebay and Amazon, where you can get them in multipacks of five or ten packets with free P&P for the equivilant of £1 per packet from quite a few different sellers.
Each packet contains just six cards, which might seem a bit cheap considering how much you have to pay for them! Kids get a little more out of them than just six bits of card though. Firstly, you've got your six cards to add to your trading card game, and the illustrations on all of the cards is just fantastic. You can expect Disney quality images on all of the glossy cards, and the metallic shiny 'power cards' appeal to little magpies everywhere in particular (one per pack). The instructions on all of the cards are clear, and kids can play the game on two different levels (easy or hard) so they can have a go from around six years old and still enjoy playing up to around ten years of age.
They include one instruction card per pack, and on the reverse is a coin code which you can use to unlock additional cards for your online penguin player. To do this, you just follow the usual unlock items process on the PC game, and then when you go to the Dojo, where the card-jitsu game is played, you will see that three new cards have been added to your online deck. The instruction cards are all either the easy or hard rules, and I'm afraid it's pot luck which one you get in each pack. If you buy five packs though, which you really need to do to make the game worth playing anyway, you're bound to get at least one of each.
Also included, which I think is a really novel idea, is one 'design a penguin' card in each pack, and a little sticker sheet to go with it. These cards work in the same way that all the other trading cards do, except the illustration on them is of a plain penguin, and you can mix and match the included stickers to dress him or her up yourself. These stickers are removable, so you can change them around a bit as desired. So far, none have lost their stickiness after being moved around three or four times each.
I like the thought that's gone into these. The game itself is your usual standard trading card game, whereby you play with the cards to try to win according to the included rules, or you can trade your doubles with your friends, or buy a binder and just try to collect them all. Plus they've got the usual little bits of factual information included on each card so that players can gain information about the online Club Penguin game (this will particularly appeal to little boys for obvious reasons!). On top of that, they've made the illustrations really bright and appealing, and they've included plenty of variety to keep the cards interesting for a good long while. Plus they include the variety that the sticker sheets give you, as well as the added bonus that you can unlock additional cards for your online counterpart.
We've probably spent about £20 on these including one of the collector tins to store them all in, and I feel it's been worth the money. We could have easily spent that money on one boardgame and not had half the play value out of it that we've had from these. Definitely recommended by me and the boy, these are a firm favourite of his. The only thing I'd be wary of is trying to complete a full set just by buying random packets. It'd wind up costing you a fortune! Much better if your child just accepts the cards they wind up with, or has fellow Club Penguin fans to trade doubles with.