Daily Design: Day 96

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;

Cloud, Insect and Font. 

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

Spelling Bees


Spelling Bee is a cooperative multiplayer game for up to four players.

In the game, players all work as a team. They’re shown a common word with one letter missing, and have to control their bee swarm to spell it out in a small time frame.

The hard part is that all players take control of a single swarm, and can only stretch out the section they currently control. For example, the swarm is roughly circular to begin with, as shown above. Each player may control one defined chunk in each cardinal direction (north, east, south and west) and stretch that out as they will.

The section players currently control is highlighted by their colour, with each colour corresponding to a different player. The section you currently control can actually be moved, with uncontrolled parts of the swarm remaining unresponsive.

So the goal is to create the rough shape of the correct letter, while working with the other players. This is made more difficult by words with ambiguous lettering (for example, you may have the letters “SP_T”, which means that the correct letter could be A, I or O) and the fact that players can easily undo each other’s work.

It’s a simple little game, but I think it could lead to chaotic fun.

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


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