When Ruffian Games started teasing an announcement for today, fans began to get all hot and bothered. Little did they know that they were in for a confusing surprise. Introducing Game of Glens, a rather indie side-project for the studio that they're testing the waters in via the Square Enix Collective. It's, well, a Scottish-themed mini-game collection I think. Erm... yeah.
Here are some of the games Ruffian is planning on including in the Game of Glens:
- Stramash – Challenge an opposing Clan to a game of Stramash, when the 30-minute time limit runs out, the Clan with the highest Tower standing is the victor.
- Help Ma Coo – Your Cows are stranded on the wrong side of a Glen. You must safely get them home by using the least amount of resources possible to build a bridge that can bare their load across the glen.
- Tog A Túr – Your Clan has to build a Tower with limited resources. The Tower must reach a target height and not collapse under its own weight. Sounds simple, but the constant barrage of incoming projectiles makes it more of a challenge…
- Hoof The Haggis in the Hole – The ancient Scottish game of golf originated when Highlanders had to drive their misbehaving herds of haggis to new pastures by hitting them with sticks. Getting them home in the fewest shots wins.
- Dinnae Drink The Whisky – A barrel of whisky is left on the outskirts of the village and marauding and thirsty Highlanders will do their best to steal it. Stop them and protect the whisky by firing your catapults to hold off the thirsty Highlanders until the time limit runs its course.
- Punt the Pig – Who can kick the pig the furthest and with the best accuracy to knock over all the irate wee birds sitting on the Tower? The javelin throw owes its origins to this ancient sport of men.
- And more!
That is, those are the games to be included if the game manages a run through the crowd-funding guantlet. See, the Square Enix Collective requires games first meet a certain level of interest before they even broach the boundaries of an Indiegogo campaign. That means, I suppose, it needs a sufficient number of "Yes" votes on their crowdfunding page. Bit of an odd strategy, if you ask me. Like Greenlight for crowd-funding.
What's oddest to me, however, is that Ruffian Games still doesn't have their big triple-A game announced yet. Here they have a ton of hype and excitement built up in their fanbase and this is what they want to put forward? No offense to Game of Glens, but it's not exactly the sort of game that captures the hearts of its audience. Whatever Ruffian next announces, fans are going to be a bit more wary.
If you'd like to see some of Game of Glens in action, then check out its promo video below. It's... well it's kinda like World of Goo only with Scotsmen and catapults. Yesh, we'll just have to see how this all works out.