Pack O Games

05bee2d9e0fa8fcaab2a0aff537d21d2_largeI’ve had a very good experience with Kickstarter, and I would like to draw your attention to what I think is a great opportunity to get a set of fun and portable microgames from designer Chris Handy. You may already be familiar with Chris from his full sized games, Long Shot and Cinque Terra, but with the Pack O Games project, he’s created a set of inexpensive pocket sized games designed for gamers on the go. You know, those gamers that run through airports and stuff.

Each of the microgames available through the Pack O Games Kickstarter feature 30 cards, 1 inch by 3 inch in a tuck box the size of a pack of gum. The cards are not actually made of gum, or if they are, then it was the worst gum I’ve ever tasted. 

Watch this video of Chris talking about the games from his secret lair in Turlock, California. I know it’s a secret lair because it’s all white. It’s probably a missile silo or something. Chris seems pretty nice, so I don’t think it’s an evil lair, just a secret lair.

I backed the project within the first 24 hours as soon as I heard about it from Eric Burgess, but it was a real treat to be able to play three of the games last weekend with a couple of friends. My buddy Mark Johnson had a few of them in a prototype form, because he is a rocket scientist. It’s a little known fact that most game companies send demo copies to rocket scientists for their feedback, because, you know, they’re rocket scientists and designers need to know if their games can be played in outer space.

We played:

  • HUE: A colorful, clever tile laying game
  • FLY: A dexterity, set collecting game that’s family/party friendly
  • TKO: A fast, kid friendly 2 player boxing game

My favorites were HUE and FLY, which I thought was especially fun. HUE plays quickly and yet offers players interesting choices all the way until the final round, while FLY is a great little dexterity game where you have to collect sets of flies by dropping a flyswatter card onto the cards from a height of about six inches. It ends up that FLY cannot be played in outer space.

Check out the Pack O Games Kickstarter if you are interested. The Kickstarter ends on August 30, 2014, and some of the stretch goals have already been met, so I think it’s a great opportunity to get in early on this fun project.