Casual Game Crowdfunding: Gods, Inventions, and Music | Casual Game Revolution

Casual Game Crowdfunding: Gods, Inventions, and Music


There’s a little bit of everything this month, from pure strategy set around Greek gods, to press-your-luck dice games about racing to the Antarctic.


Santorini (Roxley Games) – In this two-player strategy game, players can take on the roles of a wide array of Greek gods, each with unique abilities that substantially change gameplay. Each player controls two builders on a small island. On your turn you move one of your builders to a neighboring space, and can then construct a level of a building in any adjacent space to where that builder has just moved. Each building can be built up three levels then be taken out of play by having a dome placed on top. Your builder may step up one level during its movement or step down as many as desired. The goal of the game is to have the first builder who steps up onto the third level of a building.

Great Scott!

Great Scott! (Sinister Fish Games) – Draft asset and concept cards to build outlandish, bizarre, and impossible inventions. But you have to come up with a story to explain how exactly the inventions work. Each card has a value, and matching symbols will earn you extra points, as will alteration. After each player has explained their invention, players secretly vote on their first and second favorite ones. But whether someone liked yours the best or second best will affect your score and only be revealed at the end of the game.

Shenanigans: The Musical

Shenanigans: The Musical (The People's Orchestra) – Each player is dealt a secret role in the orchestra. Each role has a different unique ability (such as swapping role cards or peeking at other players’ roles) and objectives (like kicking the artiste out of the orchestra or helping to cause trouble). The game is a lot of fun (you can read our review of it here) but in addition the proceeds are going to help support The People's Orchestra, a charity that works to help children who can't afford it to have a chance to get into orchestras.


Scuttle! (Jellybean Games) – A card game for two to three players with a fun pirate theme and cute pirate artwork. Each player is trying to be the first to reach 21 doubloons. On your turn your choices are simple: either play a card or draw a card. You choose whether to play a card as an action or as treasure. A few special cards can only be played as permanents and activate an ongoing effect. Gameplay is quick with the playtime at an estimated 5 to 10 minutes.

Pyramid Arcade

Pyramid Arcade (Looney Labs) – Looney Labs have been creating their pyramids for over a decade. These clever little pyramid-shaped components have had nearly 500 games designed around them. This Kickstarter campaign brings together 22 of these games under one box lid, and includes games from all different genres. Inside you will find games that are fast or long, dexterity or puzzle-based, and full strategy or luck.


Snowblind (Pleasant Company Games) – In this push-your-luck tabletop game, players race to reach the Antarctic. On your turn, you may either choose to pass or take a risk dice in order to make an action such as searching for food or building camp. After an action, you roll all the risk dice you have accumulated this round and hope you don't lose precious equipment or even freeze to death. The round ends after every player has passed and a weather card is drawn, inflicting exposure effects on all players before the next round begins.

Clash of the Battle Goats

Clash of the Battle Goats (Studio Woe) – In this two player game, both of you get to choose which goats to add onto your team. Each goat comes with its own deck of cards. You shuffle all of your goat cards together to create the deck you will draw your hand from. When your goat attacks an opponent’s goat, your opponent gets to take their turn in order to respond. This is a more condensed, and easier to learn version of Gruff, a game that was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year.

Full disclosure: unless otherwise noted, we have not seen or played any of the above games. Our assessment of each is based on the information given on the crowdfunding project page.