Today’s Kickstarter Highlight is GladiGala by the awesome guys at Tyto Games!
GladiGala is a 2-4 player skirmish game set in ancient Rome. Players take the role of gladiator school leaders, and must use their gladiators tactically to achieve victory by outmaneuvering their opponents. Each game consists of two rounds – the most decorated school at the end of both rounds is the winner, with medals being awarded for snatching a golden eagle and for collecting the most coins in your treasury.
GladiGala is a fast-paced and family-friendly game, so it’s perfect for parties or a game night with kids. The art and miniatures (oh, did I mention there are miniatures??) are as adorable as they are fearsome. Just like Tyto’s other games, like one of my faves Stone Daze, I can see GladiGala looking awesome on the table. It’s got instant appeal – check out some renderings of the miniatures for the various gladiator types:
The gameplay in GladiGala features some fun and innovative mechanics as well – one of the coolest things about the game is that players secretly program their gladiators’ movements using Tyto’s signature magnetic boards. I love secret action programming because it makes for a strategic yet simple game that’s full of surprises. Not only do you have to think of where you want your own gladiators to move, but you’ve got to think about your opponents’ as well. It lends itself well to players who can think a move ahead of everyone else, but who are also flexible enough in their thinking so they can tactically switch plans as the game goes on.
I’m super excited for this game – Tyto has consistently published top-notch indie games from Elementos to the Aforementioned Stone Daze and Azimuth. I’m always excited to see what Lior and Sharon are cooking up, and GladiGala looks like a riot.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, family-friendly game of gladiator shenanigans, be sure to check out GladiGala’s Kickstarter page. There’s plenty of info on the game, as well as some great video content to dig into!
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky!