Daily Design: Day 273
Daily Design is a series of game concepts devised daily through all of 2016. These are just basic concepts, designed based on randomly generated words. Today, they are;
Rock, Support and Seat.
As such, the game I’ve designed today is…
Flimsy Foundations is a game about stacking rocks on top of each other, only it’s a video game, so it takes thousands of dollars and many working hours to make it.
It can be played by as many players as are interested – each uses the same controller (or phone, or keyboard) and takes turns. Simply, players place a rock down. The next player places the next rock and so on. When the tower collapses, whoever caused the collapse loses. If there are two or more players remaining, the game repeats until a winner is declared.
When a player goes to place a rock, they’re given a choice of three (random) rocks. They can only select one to place, and when they do so the next player receives a different three to choose from. That’s it!
It’s a very simple game, but there’s plenty of room for strategizing and risk-taking. For example, using a flatter rock is considerably safer for the player, but makes it very easy for the next person. Similarly, placing a rock toward one edge will make it harder to balance, but that can easily come back around to bite you later.
I imagine this is a game best suited for phones and shared among friends or family while travelling or waiting. I can’t imagine people getting in line to pre-order the rock stacking game collector’s edition.
That’s it! Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow with another quick game concept.