Roguelike card battler The Last Kids on Earth: Hit the Deck! is out now on Steam Early Access

Calgary, Canada, November 16th, 2022 - SMART Technologies is pleased to announce that its card battler game The Last Kids on Earth: Hit the Deck! is out now on Steam Early Access for $14.99. The post-apocalyptic world may have ravaged the population and society as we know it, but on the plus side there’s no homework, no parents, and no rules!

Based on the Emmy-winning TV series The Last Kids on Earth from Atomic Cartoons and Max Brallier’s best selling novels of the same name, The Last Kids on Earth: Hit the Deck! lets players inhabit the group of Jack Sullivan, and his friends June, Quint, and Dirk as they live in a tricked-out Tree Fortress of Awesomeness and fend off hordes of drooling zombies and giganto monsters from another dimension.

Choose two characters to use in tag-team combat using battle-card strategies in this cuckoo bananas post-apocalyptic world. Each character has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Abandoned foster kid and monster-slaying tough guy survivor Jack is great at teamwork and fights harder when his health is down. June is an expert at kicking zombie butt as she is adept at seeing monster intentions and evading attacks. Super-rad scientist Quint can choose his gear on the fly and is exceptional at using buffs and debuffs, while former bully Dirk is a super-strong monster-battling tornado who can shield anyone in combat.

Use over 60 unique cards per character to build your perfect battle-deck. Gather more than 50 pieces of gear, like Rover and the Scream Machine, that each provide different cards for your quests when you “gear up.” Boost your monster-fighting awesomeness with consumables like Atomic Cola and Sulfuric Stink Bombs.

Your options are further expanded with a crafting table where you can refill consumables, upgrade gear, and even create your own custom cards! With over 30 quests that follow the events of the first book as well as offer new survival experiences, there’s never a dull moment in the town of Wakefield!

The Last Kids on Earth is a fantastic series for kids and adults alike, so we wanted to capture this feeling of playful mischief amidst the Monster Zombie Apocalypse,” said Andy Cargile, Director of Game-Based Learning. “The Last Kids on Earth: Hit the Deck! works as an intro to roguelike strategy games, but it’s also deep enough that deck builder and card battler enthusiasts will get a kick out of its unique mechanics. We look forward to hearing player feedback as we expand upon The Last Kids on Earth: Hit the Deck! ahead of its full launch early next year.”

The Last Kids on Earth resonates with fans of the books in interactive formats that currently include a console game and a fully interactive TV special,” said Richard Goldsmith, President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products, Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird Entertainment. “We're always looking for new opportunities to expand the brand and we love how SMART has translated Last Kids’ engaging characters and stories to the card battler format, and we believe that kids and families will, too.”

“Following the successful release of the existing console/ PC game about a year ago, we are thrilled to see this new application coming out. It will enable all the fans of The Last Kids on Earth to enjoy an exciting new gaming experience,” added Dominique Bourse COO and Thierry Braille, Vice President, Interactive and Video Game Division of Cyber Group Studios.

The Last Kids on Earth: Hit the Deck! is planned to emerge out of Steam Early Access in Q1 2023. The full version roadmap includes additional playable characters, quests, cards, a crafting table, custom card creator, statistics, new enemies, gear, consumables, and more.

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