Daily Design: Day 69 (tee-hee)

Daily Design is a series of game concepts devised daily through all of 2016. These are just basic concepts, designed based on three randomly generated words. Today, they are;

Gnome, Commentator and Misuse. 

As such, the game I’ve designed today is…

Game of Halves


In Game of Halves, players take the role of the commentator for a gnome soccer match.

Game of Halves is entirely voice-controlled by the player. It’s their job to literally comment on the match as it progresses, but as this is Gnome Soccer, the rules are a little different (see: bat-shit crazy).

While players are asked to talk throughout the entire match, the game scores them based on hitting certain keywords during specific moments (matches always play out the same). For example, saying “Goal” shortly before, during or after a goal will award points.

Of course, the game never explains what you should be saying or how, and it’s really designed as simple, silly fun. Your commentary can be uploaded along with the match directly to Facebook and/or Youtube for viewing (dis)pleasure afterwards.

Realistically, it’s a very hard game to make well. Having a little Gnome Soccer match play itself out is easy, but the key issue is that voice recognition software honestly isn’t great yet, so the scoring will inevitably be off by some degree. Despite that, though, I think it’d be a fun little game to play, especially if strange Gnome-related things happen that the players struggle to keep up with.

That’s it! Thanks for reading. I’ll be back again tomorrow with another quick game concept.


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