You can download the prototype version of Card Sagas Wars from artists Dani Oliver and Alberto Hernandez. The download for the prototype version is completely free and you can grab it right now from the Mega.nz download page.
The download for the prototype version of Card Sagas Wars clocks in at 189 megabyte and is by and large not complete. The prototype version is exactly what it says it is: a prototype.
As pointed out over on the official Card Sagas Wars website, it only has four playable characters, including ‘X’ from Mega Man X, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, Link from The Legend of Zelda, and Kosmos from Xenosaga.
While the character sprites and animations are usable and complete, the design of the game is not. There are still placeholders for the music and sound effects, and Oliver notes that the game still crashes quite a bit after a few fights. So play at your own risk.
You can see a demonstration of how it runs so far and what you’ll be able to experience from the prototype.
As you can see in the video above, there are only two stages, the Central Highway and the Sacred Forest Meadow.
Given that Card Sagas Wars runs on the M.U.G.E.N., engine, you’re able to modify and customize the way the game plays through the configuration files.
The game itself is a standard 2D fighting game with projectiles, special moves, combos, counters, blocking and supers. The gameplay and visuals are themed after the 16-bit SNES era of gaming obviously, but all of the sprites, backgrounds and effects were handcrafted by Hernandez and Oliver.
Take note that this is based on a prototype build from back in 2011, and it has not been optimized or tweaked since then. They also won’t be fixing the game. So if you’re interested in picking up where they left off, you’re welcome to do so, but Oliver and Hernandez are moving on to bigger and better things.