Tabletop games were the basis for early video games whether it comes to RPGs, or even electronic adaptations of family games such as Monopoly. Recently, we’ve entered a new era of tabletop gaming, and through this surge of popularity we’ve come full circle and are now seeing several tabletop games based on video games.
While there were already tabletop games based on video games, with 1988’s The Legend of Zelda coming to mind, none have come to this level of sophistication and quality. Over the past few months, several of these tabletop games based on video games have made their way to crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter. Here we have four of these games that you’ll have to look out for over the coming months.
Bloodborne: The Board Game
While there’s already a Bloodborne card game, the team at CMON is back at it again with a new take on the tough-as-nails grimdark game. Bloodborne: The Board Game will challenge players to work together (or alone) to fight through rooms of enemies and several bosses all represented with beautifully crafted miniatures.
The base game will include 28 enemies, 5 bosses, 4 hunters, 300+ cards, 20 tiles, 9 dashboards, and 40+ tokens. It managed to receive over $4 million in donations, greatly surpassing its initial $200,000 goal. The game will be absolutely massive, with plenty of add-on campaigns already in the works with some of them being Kickstarter exclusive such as Mergo’s Loft.
Binding of Isaac: Four Souls+
While the game has been out for a little while now, a new expansion called “Four Souls +” will be released soon. Binding of Isaac: Four Souls, based on the roguelike dungeon crawler, is a game about getting what the title suggests, Four Souls. Players first choose their character, with more characters being released in new expansions, and they each have their own perks.
Players will then use cards in their hands to earn coins, or fight monsters that may contain one of the souls the players need to win. Unlike the game, death isn’t the end of your run, it’s a feature of it and you should expect it to happen a lot. The Four Souls+ expansion will have 68 new cards including 4 new character cards and will be released next month.
Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace
Steamforged Games, creators of the Dark Souls board game are at it again with another videogame to tabletop adaptation, Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace. This game promises to be a fast-paced, easy-to-learn experience for 1 to 4 players. Games are expected to last 60-90 minutes, so be sure you bring determination along with your smokin’ sick style.
Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace will be an arena combat game where players take down waves of increasingly powerful enemies. Fortunately, you’ll have a chance to upgrade your character using red orbs you pick up during the fight. The currently-live Kickstarter has plenty of expansions planned as well, making The Bloody Palace a place to revisit throughout the year. It’s going to be a wild ride until release, however, as the game isn’t expected to hit shelves until at least July of 2020.
Space Invaders: The Board Game
We’re going old school with this last tabletop game. To celebrate the arcade alien shooter’s 40th anniversary, 612 Entertainment launched a Kickstarter Campaign for Space Invaders: The Board Game with a goal to keep it as faithful as possible. 2-4 players defend their base against Space Invaders and taking them out adds a card to their hands. While it sounds like a co-op game, it’s actually a competitive game where players are fighting for a hi-score.
The cards have special effects such as bonus shields and reboot, which allows players to discard cards and draw new cards to replace them. When the players reach a “GAME OVER” condition, such as a player shooting the UFO, the player with the highest number of hi-score wins. Space Invaders: The Board Game is expected to be released this December.