Disney Lorcana is one of 2023’s biggest games. But unfortunately, not everyone has been able to play it.
Released in September of this year, Disney Lorcana is a collectible trading card game featuring characters from Disney’s various movies. The game has been a smash hit, attracting Disney fans, trading card game players, and, of course, collectors. With all three groups vying for cards, Disney Lorcana is incredibly hard to find.
Thankfully, if you’re simply looking to play Disney Lorcana, there is a way to do so even if you don’t have the physical cards. It’s called Pixelborn, and it’s a free digital version of the game.
The fan-made Pixelborn — created by Pavel Kolev — is a digital version of Disney Lorcana, featuring all the cards and mechanics you’d find in the regular physical card game. It’s not perfect or bug-free, but it’s a way to enjoy Disney Lorcana without fighting collectors or paying scalper prices. It’s also a great way to introduce yourself to the mechanics of Disney Lorcana to see if you like the game without first buying any of the cards.
Up until now, Pixelborn has only been available to play on PC, somewhat limiting its reach. The point of trading card games is the convenience of being able to play anywhere. And now you can!
As of today, Pixelborn is available to play on iOS devices.
To download the game and play it, you must do so through TestFlight, an Apple program that allows people to release and test a beta version of their app. It’s completely free to use.
It’s not a perfect one-for-one recreation of Disney Lorcana yet, but it has many of the game’s core mechanics and rules in place. There’s still work to be done — especially with the recent release of the Rise of the Floodborn set — but Pavel Kolev has promised “major changes” with the next update or two.
“I am excited as I’ve waited for this for a long time and it will bring Pixelborn closer to real-life play,” Kolev wrote.
Although Pixelborn may not give you the same feeling of throwing down physical cards, it is a good way to learn the game and its mechanics. And for those without a local tournament scene, it’s a fantastic way to practice deck comps.
It’s important to note that Pixelborn isn’t officially sanctioned by Ravensburger or Disney. While you won’t get in trouble for downloading or playing the game, it’s possible that either company could force it to shut down in the future.