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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Cobalt Core (2023) is a tactical battle game where you build a deck of cards to give orders and help your (doomed) crew battle enemies. Play involves picking characters for each encounter, to influence your attacks and cards and then choosing which to use each turn. It stands out not only for the Starfox-style anthropomorphic space heroes but also for how you must line up shots and move to evade attacks from each of the cannon bays.

You play the crew of the Cobalt Core space station that has suffered a technical malfunction resulting in being caught in a time loop. You take on a series of battles to save the crew and escape the time loop before it's too late.

Once you have chosen your crew, you give them orders by playing cards to do things like raise shields, dodge incoming missiles and fire your attacks. You not only choose which lane of attack these are applied to but can also spin each of your ship's weapons like a Rubix Cube, to pull off a complex web of offensive and defensive moves. Because the game shows you what attacks enemies are planning, like Into the Breach, you can plan ahead to rebound shots or even strike preemptively to disable your enemy’s weapons.

As you progress you not only get to know your crew but unlock more characters. Each has a unique set of abilities and cards. Selecting those who get on with each other and create complementary decks of cards is key to success. With hundreds of character and ship combinations, there's always a new angle to try on your next run.

The result is a card battle game with surprisingly deep tactics. While not an out-and-out tactics game - there are only attack lanes rather than full grid movement - it offers the same geographic element to success.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Cobalt Core 5 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Sequencing and Strategy game with Narrative and Shooting elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 25 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Cobalt Core usually costs £16.75 to £17.59. 

Cobalt Core

Switch Store Switch £17.59
Steam StoreSALE PC £16.75 £12.56 until 27/06/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/11/2023

Price: 25% off

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing, Strategy (Narrative and Shooting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Pixels

Developer: Rocket Rat Games (@RocketRatGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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