Deconstructing the secrets of MZ's success part three: Monetisation and the future of 4X games
In part two of this series, we looked at the core design of Machine Zone's 4X games. We delved into the infrastructure they put into place that allows for emergent social gameplay atop a near infinitely scalable game economy and permanent losses that ...
Published on: Thu, 31 Aug 09:01:10 34 487
What Made Age Of Empires Great
These win conditions have a lot in common with 4X games like Civilization, emphasizing more than just military dominance. It's not surprising that Age of Empires has a lot in common with Civilization, of course. Bruce Shelley, Civilization's co ...
Published on: Tue, 29 Aug 17:23:15 3 48
Fantasy Flight Games Announces Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition
Twilight Imperium is a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) tabletop game with a history stretching back over 20 years. The Third Edition of the game released over a decade ago and has had several expansions over the course of its life. Players ...
Published on: Fri, 11 Aug 19:54:02 15 230
The best strategy games
Chris Thursten: A sleeper hit of recent years, Endless Legend is a 4X fantasy follow-up to Amplitude's Endless Space—a pretty good game, but apparently not the full measure of the studio's potential. Shadowed at the time of its release by the higher ...
Published on: Tue, 29 Aug 10:33:11 47 952
Crowdfunding Spotlight – Horizons
Daily Magic Games is back on Kickstarter with their newest game Horizons. Horizons, designed by Levi Mote, is a space themed 4x-Euro game mashup that is already, in it's prototype form, one of the best games that I've played this year. The Kickstarter ...
Published on: Wed, 30 Aug 15:04:06 0 190
SEA Games: Singapore win men's 4x100m medley relay in new Games record
KUALA LUMPUR — Singapore broke the SEA Games record in the men's 4x100 medley relay on Saturday (Aug 26) with a time of 3min 37.45sec. The quartet of Quah Zheng Wen, Lionel Khoo, Joseph Schooling and Darren Lim finished about three ...
Published on: Sat, 26 Aug 13:08:35 4 67
Deconstructing the secrets of MZ's success part two: The game design
In part one of this article, we defined the style of Machine Zone's games as "mobile 4X," but how do mobile 4X games work? While Kabam's Kingdom of Camelot was arguably the first Mobile 4X game to achieve success on the app store, we're going to ...
Published on: Mon, 14 Aug 10:09:57 7 165
'Stars in Shadow' Legacies DLC Announced, Coming Soon - Screens
Stars in Shadow features everything you'd expect from a 4X game. Begin with a single, humble, planet. Expand your influence and colonize new worlds. Research new technologies and upgrade your cities and ships. Discover and interact with strange alien ...
Published on: Tue, 29 Aug 16:26:45 42 980
Bitter decisions Disruptor Beam hopes will sweeten The Walking Dead: March To War
Combining the sort of base-building seen in 4X games such as Game of War with the strong focus on narrative that unpins all of Disruptor Beam's games, it's also the only one of these titles designed for phone use in portrait, not landscape, mode. That ...
Published on: Thu, 31 Aug 13:00:20 1 157
Horizons Preview – Throwing Shade
There is no shortage of space-themed 4x games in the tabletop world. From massive games that see multiple revisions and take hours to days to play, to abstracted and simplified versions, to deck-building games. If you are interested in eXploring ...
Published on: Fri, 18 Aug 12:03:16 30 799