Draftosaurus, which has a 4.8-star average rating from more than 300 reviews on Amazon, transforms players into theme park proprietors aiming to build a dinosaur destination. "Functionally, it's pretty simple," ATTA committee member Eric Yurko previously told us. Players pick a dinosaur and place it in one of the spots within their respective parks. "At the end of the game, you've built up a cute (and unique) little dinosaur park, like a more colorful (and micro-scale) Jurassic Park," Yurko explained.
This award-winning memory game includes 24 cards that players must match together during each turn -- the player with the most matching cards wins the game. The faces on the cards represent a diverse group of animated people, all from different parts of the world. Kids will not only have fun jogging their memory throughout the game, but they'll also be introduced to an array of different countries, including Myanmar, Bolivia, Mongolia and Tanzania. The game has a 4.8-star average rating from 500 reviewers on Amazon.
This beginner game has a 4.8-star average rating from over 6,500 reviews on Amazon and features relatively easy instructions. The premise is simple: Kids pick pretend fruit from the trees as determined by the spinner and attempt to fill their bucket -- but the spinner can also indicate what kind of fruit the player must put back. It's also a great learning opportunity since kids can practice basic math skills like counting, addition and subtraction. There is also a cooperative version of the game that includes a nine-piece puzzle that represents a bird, and players must pick all the fruits before the puzzle is complete and the bird "eats" the fruit.
Ticket to Ride lets players build train routes to connect cities and earn points before someone blocks them. In our guide to the best quarantine board games, Lincoln Damerst, the director of media at BoardGameGeek, previously told us Ticket to Ride is his "go-to recommendation, especially for new gamers." He noted the game is "super easy to digest," and it even has its own Amazon Alexa skill that'll teach you how to play. Ticket to Ride has a 4.9-star rating from nearly 11,800 reviewers on Amazon.
Ages: 8 and up Players: 2-5 Playtime: 30 to 60 minutes
Yeti in My Spaghetti has a lot of what can capture a young kid's attention: a fun premise, easy-to-follow rules and pretend food. The game itself is similar to the classic Pick Up Sticks game, where players need to move and collect sticks without disturbing the other ones in the pile. In this game, though, players must move the "pasta noodles" without letting the Yeti, who sits atop the pretend noodles, fall into the bowl. It has a 4.7-star average rating from more than 8,400 reviewers on Amazon, and can keep kids busy without taking too much time -- they'll be able to play multiple rounds within the hour.
A 2021 American Tabletop Awards (ATTA) winner, this animated card game features a world where people suddenly hate artichokes -- and your garden is full of them. Your objective is to get rid of your exclusively artichoke-filled deck and harvest fresh vegetables, with each card having its own rules attached to let you swap and discard. This game currently has a 4.5-star average rating from more than 500 reviewers on Amazon.
Gaming tech company Scientific Games Corporation will hold a customer-only Asia Summit & Virtual Experience event on May 11 and 12, with the main topic of the discussion being how 'navigate their way through today's challenging marketplace' and recovery plans amid the pandemic.
'Delegates will have access to a virtual booth where they can experience 360-degree demos of all the latest products from Scientific Games, with the company's game designers to share details of the latest and upcoming slot releases, including Duo Fu Duo Cai - Hurricane Horse, Jin Ji Bao Xi - Singing Cats, and 123 Wild.
'In these difficult and uncertain times, it's incredibly important to remain connected with one another and remain informed of the latest trends. We remain committed to helping our customers drive their recovery and with several new product developments to unveil and industry topics to analyze, we're looking forward to the Summit and engaging with both new and existing customers,' SG Gaming Business Unit CEO, Matt Wilson, stated in the announcement.
In 2020 SG generated some US$2.7 billion in consolidated revenue compared to US$3.4 billion in the prior year after its gaming business was impacted by COVID-19 disruptions, reporting some US$548 million in net losses.
The group is currently considering an Australian initial public offering and sharemarket listing, which could help raise fresh funds and pay down debt.
Major board gaming awards are now recognizing the best 'Zoomable' games
The 15th annual Golden Geek Awards were announced on Sunday, and they include an entirely new category for tabletop games you can play on a video conference, such as Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams. It's further evidence that the ongoing global pandemic is changing the way we play, and that will undoubtedly feed back into how games are made going forward.
The Golden Geeks are organized each year by the community at Board Game Geek, perhaps the largest collection of tabletop fans in the world. This list of awards was very different than previous years, especially since there was no single winner for Board Game of the Year. Instead, the decision was made to break that honor up into three different categories -- Light, Medium, and Heavy. It's a move mirrored by The American Tabletop Awards. We've included a list of all the winners below.
But the biggest change by far was the addition of the Zoomable Game category. The winner was Forgotten Waters, a game designed by Isaac Vega, J. Arthur Ellis, and Mr. Bistro. It was published by Plaid Hat Games, and is closely related to another of that company's award winning games called Dead of Winter.
Zynga Buys Chartboost To Drive Online Ads, Reports Record Quarterly Revenue
Mobile game publisher Zynga ZNGA +5.6% said it would buy mobile ad and monetization platform Chartboost for $250 million in a bid to diversify its revenue base amid major changes in Apple AAPL +1.5% ad rules. The company also reported record first quarter revenues and bookings, and raised its full-year guidance.
In a letter to investors, the company called the Chartboost deal a "transformational acquisition" for the company, whose prominent titles include Words With Friends, Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, and Empires & Puzzles. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter, pending regulatory approvals.
"The combination of Chartboost's scale and ad tech capabilities with Zynga's high-quality games portfolio and first-party data will meaningfully enhance Zynga's competitive advantage in the mobile ecosystem," the company's latest investor letter says. "Over the coming years, we are confident in our ability to increase our total addressable market while driving strong topline growth and margin expansion as we continue to execute on our growth initiatives."
The deal will expand Zynga's ad network to 700 million people, a big jump from its current Monthly Active Users network of 164 million, the company said. It will also help the company navigate expected big changes in the mobile ad space precipitated by Apple's IDFA policy changes affecting tracking and ad targeting.
"Not only are we investing in our mobile advertising ecosystem in the way we generate revenue," said Bernard Kim, the company's president of publishing. "Also what Chartboost will do is change the way we bring players into our network, the way we monetize players."
The online gaming market enjoyed a hugely successful year in 2020. Indeed, the gaming market worldwide was valued at 162.32 billion in 2020.
A significant part of this worth can be attributed to online gaming. With almost 60 per cent of the world's population classed as active internet users, there is a huge scope for the industry.
Online gaming is a recent internet success story. As we shall see, it looks set to continue.
Online play in 2020
Online gaming increased during 2020 with people tuning in to the social aspect of playing against friends online.
A big part of this is the increasing sophistication of online mobile devices. The majority of the world's internet users log onto games and sites via smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Cloud computing and mobile play
Cloud computing is another important part of this growth in online gaming. Advanced online games can use the cloud server to complete the majority of visual rendering and video streaming.
This aspect takes a significant amount of the computing process away from the device and makes it possible to play complex games via mobile.
2020 also saw a rise in popularity in Esports. The contests between professional video game players attract huge audience figures watching online.
The competitions themselves are now commonly known as sports, and discussions have taken place about whether they can be part of the Olympic Games.
The industry is another example of how online activity is so deeply embedded in the new public consciousness as part of mass entertainment.
Online gaming in 2021
The online gaming industry continued to develop in 2021.
Many games companies have recorded a profitable start to 2021. Online Removed companies have seen a significant increase in account holders and players.
Much of this can be put down to the sense of community that gamers enjoy when connecting with others through a game or competition.
Players taking part in online Removed games and contests can experience the world of the Removed virtually. While taking in the computer game style of realistic visuals and video, a player can communicate with fellow competitors.
This is seen across the board in online gaming activity. Sharing aspects of social media and technology such as Zoom and Skype, online gaming offers players a chance to connect to a world beyond the screen.
Gaming companies have taken note of the huge crossover appeal of online games. The industry has changed markedly in recent years. Gamers are no longer exclusively tech specialists and computer experts.
Online gamers these days enjoy blurred boundaries where games are just another form of entertainment. Online games are now part of the same equation as sports, online movies and other escapist art forms.
With a strong emphasis on the personal social space, the most successful online games are the ones that bring out this community in full.
A big recent hit of the online gaming world that demonstrates this is the multi-player mobile spy game Among Us.
The game requires players to either work together or deceive each other to discover the clues in a murder mystery. Over 100 million people have downloaded the game.
It has also been called the most popular game ever in terms of active users.
Socialising is also vital to the popularity of the Virtual Reality gaming market. VR and Augmented Reality (AR) is what many people expect to have a huge effect on gaming and entertainment.
VR systems in gaming allow players to experience a richly developed world. The games involve taking control of a player's senses - particularly sight and hearing - to offer immersive gameplay.
As the technology continues to develop, touch, smell and taste could also follow suit in sophistication. Cloud computing is also expected to play a part in how the tech of VR and AR interacts with users on a practical level.
By keeping the costs down and making the logistics as accessible as possible, extended reality (VR, AR and mixed reality) experiences will be largely mobile.
As the required equipment of headsets becomes ever more affordable and reliable for home use, more people will play. The key to this is an understanding that convenience and portability have to be present.
Developers have realized this and have focused attention on stand-alone headsets operating with smartphones and mobile devices. There is a belief that extended reality will be one of the most transformative tech trends of the next five years.
The extended reality market is expected by industry experts to grow significantly through 2021 and beyond.
The future certainly looks bright for online gaming. As the world continues to log on and enjoy all of the possibilities offered by the internet, games will develop still further.
Mobile use is sure to have a significant impact on this. The majority of people have access to a mobile device with internet capacity. As more people play games online, they will continue to share, stream and communicate.
Socialising online and ever more involving experiences will also play significant parts in the ongoing success story of online gaming.