Classic games such as Uno and Skip-Bo are being replaced by games with spunk and character such as Camping with Sasquatch and Exploding Kittens.
Just as classic games were starting to make a comeback, “out with old and in with the new” has become the new mantra as games such as Camping with Sasquatch, Exploding Kittens and Ultimate Werewolf are taking over with increased creativity, more extensive design and eye-catching artwork.
“Over the past few years, it’s been fascinating to see games shift from just numbers on a card to creating games with character and, well..characters,” said Alex Mackey, co-creator of the currently running Kickstarter campaign card game, Camping with Sasquatch.
While Exploding Kittens, which found its success through Kickstarter, plays differently than Uno or Skip-Bo, it is geared toward a similar demographic and it takes about the same amount of time to play. However, it has found a way to extend its brand by using off-the-wall artwork by The Oatmeal.
“It’s cool to see T-shirts, plushies and even keychains that have spawned from Exploding Kittens. If it follows the pattern of Angry Birds, it’s very possible that a movie could follow,” Mackey said.
Camping with Sasquatch is another card game that is challenging games like Uno and even traditional face cards by offering a game that is fun, quick and for the whole family, but with entertaining images. Targeted as THE game to take camping, Camping with Sasquatch is a hybrid of Slapjack and Rummy, but like Exploding Kittens, uses artwork commissioned by a comics artist.
“We designed Camping with Sasquatch so that it’s not just cute, but the characters could extend the brand with an intellectual property that can cross over into many different avenues,” said Mike Szalajko, co-creator of Camping with Sasquatch.
As games continue to grow in popularity and the market expands, expect to see not just new intellectual properties emerge, but perhaps the next pop cultural maelstrom will emanate from a game at the table.
Camping with Sasquatch is available now on Kickstarter with added Kickstarter exclusive options. The campaign ends on July 17, 2018. Visit LethalChickenGames.com for more info. Exploding Kittens and Ultimate Werewolf are available at Target, on Amazon and at retailers nationwide.
Bigfoot, Cthulhu, Unicorns and the Yeti have become the face of board games and card games for 2018.
With the increase in popularity of tabletop games and card games, the latest trend is to feature mythical creatures such as Unicorns, Sasquatch and Cthulhu amongst others.
The new game, Camping with Sasquatch by Lethal Chicken Games is the newest game to feature an elusive mythical creature.
“The phrase, camping with Sasquatch popped into my head years ago and I always thought it would be a great name for a game,” said Mike Szalajko, co-creator of Camping with Sasquatch. “So once our first game, What The Film?! was finished, we wanted to do something completely different and almost silly. So we came up with a Slapjack meets Rummy sort of game and built it around the name Camping with Sasquatch,” said Szalajko.
PlayMonster’s Yeti in My Spaghetti which won Toy of the Year award in 2017 is another game that uses a similar mythical creature to give a fun skin to their game. “If you look at Jenga and Yeti in My Spaghetti, they’re essentially the same concept,” said Alex Mackey, co-creator of Camping with Sasquatch. “But if I had to choose between the two, I’d take the Yeti any day,” Mackey said.
Mythical creatures are found on some of the most funded games and new games on Kickstarter, whether it’s an unstable Unicorn, a Frogdog or Olympian Gods.
Unstable Unicorns has been one of the most funded projects ever featured on Kickstarter. Camping with Sasquatch is hoping to follow in their stead with cartoon art reminiscent of Disney’s Gravity Falls.
“JK Rowling made sure mythical creatures made their way into pop culture and by incorporating some of those same elements into the gaming industry is a way to make sure they don’t slip back into hiding,” said Brett C. Nance, artist for Camping with Sasquatch.
“So many games have given us memorable characters such as the Monopoly banker, or Colonel Mustard,” Mackey said, “But as the industry has progressed, the imaginations have expanded far beyond a person in a bank or a library,” stated Mackey.
Camping with Sasquatch is available on Kickstarter with added Kickstarter exclusives through July 17, 2018. Visit LethalChickenGames.com for more info. Yeti in My Spaghetti and Unstable Unicorns are available at Target, on Amazon.com and at retailers nationwide.
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