Saturday, September 26, 2020
The 7th Continent / Citadel like videogame?
As I said in my previous post, I pledged for The 7th Citadel, an upcoming boardgame, because I like its predecessor, The 7th Continent. That makes me want to play The 7th Continent again, but I’m not at the place where I got that stored this week. So I was wondering whether I could play a computer game or mobile game, which plays in a similar fashion. But I can’t really think of one. The closest I can think of would be a mobile adaptation of a “choose your own adventure” game, like Warlock of Firetop Mountain. But The 7th Continent is more than that: It combines exploration of tiles with a lot of decision-making gameplay. You constantly need to decide what to do next, or how to approach a given problem with the resources at hand. Sometimes that resembles the gameplay of a point-and-click adventure, but the game mechanics are more intricate than “combine lighter with hairspray”. It is a pretty unique game.
In a board game, success or failure is determined usually by chance, modified by game choices. You chose to pick up that rope, and it increases your chances in that climbing challenge. Most videogames have an added dimension, where you need to get the execution of a move right, pressing buttons at the right moment. There aren’t many games in which you don’t have constant action or movement, but rather a constantly changing list of decisions you could take. Or maybe there are, and I just don’t know these games. There are so many games on the app store that it is pretty much impossible to find anything you don’t know the name of. You can’t easily search for “decision-based exploration game”.
If you have any recommendation for such a game, I would be grateful.