I’d say Chrono Ark is an easy recommend in its current sate. For $14 I find it a great coffee break game.
A quick summary:
It is a deckbuilder - you recruit two characters at the beginning of your run - these will seed your deck with abilities and cards specific to that character, as you level up.
The battles play sort of like a combination of a DRPG and Trials of Fire. You draw from a shared deck made up of your characters cards, as well as a very small pool (you start with 1) of neutral draw cards. Each turn, a character can play one card at-cost, then any additional cards played by that character cost an additional mana to play. The characters have different roles and sub-archetypes to build within that role. For example, Joey is a healer class, but can also be specced (by choosing new cards during level-ups) to perform powerful debuffs and buffs.
Another interesting mechanic i’m still learning the use of is card fixing. You can take almost any card, and fix it, making it available at all times, once per turn, regardless if you draw it or not. This comes at the cost of +1 mana when used. I’m sure you can think of how this would greatly accelerate a deck if you’ve played Magic or almost any card game of that variety.
This has a decent amount of meat on its bones with somewhere in the upper teens in terms of numbers of characters, with each character playing wildly differently. As you complete combat encounters you gain points that can be spent to level up a character and gain new cards, or gain draw cards/mana regen, each of this things with varying costs as you progress.
I’ve played maybe four, but found the two I’m learning and sticking with that right now because I’m enjoying progressing further as I learn to build them well (I play Miss Chain, the chainsaw wielding bikini babe, and Joey, the misanthropic gas mask wearing chemical warfare child prodigy).
Theres quite a bit more to this game like the inventory and equipment system, but I’ll just cut to the chase and say its a solid recommend for card game fans or fans of anything relatively within the realm of Slay the Spire or Trials of Fire, but it is probably a big bonus if you look at the screenshots of the anime characters and say “Yes, I like this.”