W. Eric Martin
For the past month or so, I've been focusing on upcoming games that will be highlighted at one of three conventions in February 2018 — Spielwarenmesse, NY Toy Fair, or Festival International des Jeux — but publishers keep popping out info on titles due later in the year as well, such as the news that Plan B Games, publisher of Azul and Century: Spice Road, will launch a new imprint at the 2018 Origins Game Fair in June 2018. Here's an overview of what to expect from Next Move Games:
Next Move Games focuses on LITE themed abstract games with DEEP strategy. Next Move Games will bring fans PURE games with simple, CORE mechanisms to engage their minds. Fans can expect CHIC, high-quality components that offer a simple pleasure to the tactile and visual senses. A final point to note is that Next Move titles will be FOUR letters in length to reinforce the elegance in the game's design.
Next Move's debut title will be Reef from Century: Spice Road designer Emerson Matsuuchi, the details of which are minimal for now:
In the game Reef, players take on the role of the reef itself, alternating turns in which they carefully select the colors and patterns in which to grow and expand — the more beautiful the reef, the more points they score!
Reef is suited for players aged 8 and up. While it could take thousands of years for a coral reef to grow, a game of Reef should take only 30-45 minutes.
Reef opens for preorders on April 16 on the Next Move Games website, with a "free exclusive promotional item" available with preorders, similar to what Plan B Games did for its first two titles.
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