More and more board game versions of popular video games are popping up on Kickstarter. Since last week we have 3 campaigns like that – all running at once. All three tackle popular titles known from arcades, PCs and consoles, transferring them from disk space to board game tables. Each is unique and will without doubt please many fans of its respective franchise. Which one would you pick?
Space Invaders – The Board Game
Space Invaders has been present in our lives and pop culture for over 40 years, conquering millions of computers and consoles. Looks like it’s high time it conquered our tables as well.
Board game version of this all time classic is based around the deck building mechanic, cleverly connected to the theme of space fights with pixelated aliens. The box includes 242 cards related to actions, energy and technology. Using them you’ll collect information and destroy invaders flocking above Earth.
2 to 4 players will deploy at once to crash alien ships to pieces. Despite that, Space Invaders TBG is not a co-op title. Everyone will try to achieve highest score and end up above others – just like back in the day in arcades. All players begin with the same number of cards, but as the game progresses they will be able to upgrade their decks through various means.
Visuals were created to remind us of the game’s retro origins and instantly make us think about good old times, when Space Invaders was the most popular game in the world. Core version is priced as low as $30. The deluxe edition can be yours for $75. Shipping is planned for the end of 2019.
Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace
Devil May Cry is yet another game, that is being translated from the digital medium to tabletops. If you know the original, you probably know what to expect – a game where achieving highest scores for your combat acrobatics is vital. 2 to 4 players will take on the roles of heroes known from numerous installments in the series, and try to gain enough points by fighting bizarre enemies to best their rivals.
The box includes 54 miniatures (detailed and often quite big) as well as plenty of cards and other elements needed to play. Backing the game will not only get you the core box, but also: 3 expansions. All of that for $100. If you’re a big fan, it might be a good idea to stay calm, as the game is supposed to ship over a year from now – in July 2020.
CliniC Deluxe Edition
Time to switch to a more realistic theme! CliniC is a board game designed by Alban Viard, known for creating pretty heavy board games. Visuals were crafted by Ian O’Toole, whom you may recognize from Escape Plan, The Gallerist and On Mars.
CliniC is heavily inspired by the 90s video game called Theme Hospital. First edition of CliniC got released in 2014. Ratings on BGG were high, but some people complained about long game time and high complexity. New edition includes refreshed visuals, custom elements and an expansion. Rules have also been tweaked based on the feedback from the past 5 years. An official solo variant is also being introduced.
How does it play? You and your competitors are tasked with building best hospitals imaginable and responding to the needs of local patients. You will hire doctors, nurses, build new rooms, buy medical equipment and offer special treatments. Governing a real life hospital is not easy, so players will have a really tough nut to crack. Expect plenty of tokens, management and heavy euro elements.
The game is priced at $59. If you want to get all of possible additions, you will have to pledge $99. Shipping is planned for December.