Tabletop gaming has been something I’ve only gotten deeper into with the last few years, while my video game hobby has been around since I could hold a controller. Since I started getting more into playing board games, I’ve been excited to see the two types of games blend together. There has been no better example of this concept than Hand of Fate. Taking some core concepts of tabletop gaming, like drawing cards for random chance encounters, and mixing them with video game concepts like real-time combat encounters, it worked surprisingly well. Hand of Fate 2 takes all of this and expands upon everything adding more elements and improving the overall structure of how the game is played to make for an even better blend.
Difficulty is often the benchmark that is hardest to nail for any roguelike game. You want it to be difficult enough that you won’t just coast through it on the first go, but not so hard that it feels like you’re banging against a brick wall. Nailing this balance like a pro, and looking great while doing it, Loot Rascals is a fantastic new roguelike from the minds of the folks over at Hollow Ponds.
Perfecting a formula doesn’t always happen on the first go around. Sometimes iterating on a concept is the best way to take a good idea and turn it into a great one. The original Hand of Fate game was already one of the best tabletop and video game mashups I’ve played. The sequel, Hand of Fate 2, looks to take those great concepts and expand upon them in clever ways to bring the game to the next level.
There are many tabletop games I’d love to see playable in electronic form. The main problem ends up being that many of them are either too complex or take too long to play to be properly replicated on something like an iPhone. Enter one of my favorite games to bring to a game night: Coup. The rules are fairly simple and games only take about 10 minutes to complete. This makes it perfect for the leap onto a mobile platform. Luckily, the folks over at Banana & Co. agree with me on this point and have made a lovely version of the game for iPhone.