Arcade Games

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Space Invaders, the officially licensed board game is on Kickstarter. This is the real deal, unlike a few other games in past years that have tried to replicate the same feel of the arcade cabinet. 2 to 4 players will move their cannon and shoot aliens competing for points in this deck-building-driven adaptation. Shooting aliens gives you upgrades, bunkers protect you from retaliation, and the player with the highest score at the end of it all will be deemed the best moon defender.

“As long time fans of tabletop games and electronic games alike, we were astounded that, during all this time, nobody had yet developed a genuine SPACE INVADERS board game. […] Our primary goal is to create a fantastic board game experience while remaining true to the original game’s visual presentation and atmosphere.”

While this isn’t an average video-game adaptation, it’s not an average deck-building game either. Really this is as thoughtfully produced and designed as modern board games get, and I justify that statement based on the excellent 8-bit graphic design, the appropriately-jagged components (especially the translucent deluxe edition pieces), and the palpable sense of fun from seeing waves of enemies get wrecked in demonstration. At the time of writing this the project has already funded and is already working towards stretch goals for both it’s standard and deluxe editions, and there’s a commemorative diorama available for purchase for super fans of the arcade classic. If you’re interested in learning more about Space Invaders – The Board Game, check out the Kickstarter page for more images, rules, and updates.

IDW Games has released several board games based on classic arcade games, including Missle Command, Centipede and Asteroids. The next game in the series appears to be a card game rendition of the Williams Electronics classic Joust, and will be designed by Luther Bell Hendricks V. The Joust board game will require 2-4 players to manage their speed and altitude, using a “unique momentum system”. Played cards immediately affect a players’ knight, but their effects last for several turns after being played. Players will need to stay alive while defeating foes, collecting eggs, and generally competing to be the best knight.

Joust is due to be released August 22, 2018. For more information and some images, check out the descriptions on GTS Distribution and Peachstate Hobby Distribution.