|You can find board game structures in some video games.|
I find it unique that both mediums of video games and board games share a bond with each other in the sense that they do tend to borrow ideas from each other. In fact, we have seen both extremes of transitioning from one game form to the other. We have seen board games transition into video games and we have seen our favorite video game franchises test the waters of being a board game. Is it as easy as it sounds, though? To be honest, I don't think so, but I believe that with enough thought and creativity the transitioning process could become at least a little bit smoother.
|Monopoly for the Nintendo 64|
|Mario Party: One example of a board game-themed video game|
|Sonic Shuffle: A not so good example...|
|Pac-Man Party: A rather interesting example...|
|Fortune Street: Reminds you of Monopoly|
With video games that take on the life of a board game such as these examples, it's very important for game developers to keep in mind that they need to keep the players interested in playing these kinds of games. It takes much more than a simple roll of the dice to get the players hooked. We need to establish a distinct set of rules for this board game, as well as providing the right kinds of incentives and rewards for the players. We need to make sure that the Mini-Games we provide in this game keep the players coming back for more. Just keep the player engaged. Implement bonuses if you need to. Try to maintain a balance of all the things a player can possibly do on a turn. Have a goal, shoot for it and build around it.
It's interesting that I bring this topic up because I myself have been developing my own custom video game script that revolves around the atmosphere of a custom board game. My board game only features a simple goal; score the most points to win the game, but to be honest, there is more of a competitive aspect attached to my custom board game-themed video game script. I treat this custom world as if it takes on the vibes of football games, baseball games, chess matches, croquet matches or any sporting event. I consider this idea of mine to be somewhat radical and it features a ton of different items. I would love to show this idea to you in the future, but I will have to wait.
Until then, let the good times roll.