Thursday, January 22, 2015

JENGA! ...and Pixel Tactics!

Jenga is one heck of an intense game. I remember Jenga being fun, and then not playing again for over a decade. It's one of my girlfriend's favourite games however and she picked it up over the holiday season. Oh snap. I forgot just how great of a party game or just even a 2 or 3 player game it can be. The daring moves are my favourite to pull off - the ones that leave other players shaking their heads at how unstable the tower is. Here's a picture of one of our towers a few moves before it was toppled. It's big on top, tiny on the bottom.

It nearly went all around the table one more time before it finally toppled.
Once you get into the game and it's gone around a few times you start to feel the pressure. Whoever completes a move is suddenly relieved again, but as the turns go around the table and it gets closer to being their turn again the pressure starts to build! Then you got to find some piece to move which seems impossible now! There are a lot of oOOooOOHs! and ooOOoOo's!

Oh my glob this game tickles my fancy so hard.
While curiously browsing the game section of Kickstarter the other day I came across something that got me all in an excited whirl! I had discovered... Pixel Tactics. It's like they combined some of my favourite games, and a game I've always wanted to make, into an impressively fun looking 2-player card game. The Kickstarter is now over, but I think they are still taking pledges on their own page.

Look at these different units - and there's loads more!
Ogre Battle 64 is one of my all time favourite games. Pixel Tactics is reminiscent of organizing all my ogre battle characters into little groups ready for battle. The position of the units would make a difference as well and that mechanic seems to be a part of Pixel Tactics too. Something I always wished for and thought would be cool as a kid playing Ogre Battle 64 was the idea of playing multiplayer with someone. Pixel Tactics will let me battle with a friend in a smaller scale of what I always wanted to do!

Organizing units in your army in Ogre Battle!
Typical 3x3 vs. 3x3 grid battling in Ogre Battle

I wonder if it would be possible to set up some sort of battlefield of my own and have a large scale battle and use Pixel Tactics to facilitate the battle sequences when me and my opponent's units met on the battlefield. One can dream!

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