ONLY ON OFFWORLD: A NEW LOOK AT DENKI’S XBLA WORD/STRATEGY GAME QUARREL


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3.19.2009

Brandon Boyer

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Here’s what I know for sure: as mentioned back in December, Square-Go broke the first news of what will be the Xbox Live Arcade debut for Scotland’s Denki (headed by Crackdown designer Gary Penn), Quarrel. The site described the game as ‘Scrabble x Risk x Countdown’, where strategic territorial control was hard won by word-game battles between warring areas.

At the time, it looked quite nice, in Denki’s traditional primary colored way (see also: Denki Blocks / Go Go Beckham), but my eyes did bug out slightly when the studio sent over these new work-in-progress shots of the game, seeing that tradition now amped up gorgeously.

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Here’s what I’m still not sure of: well, how it plays, other than in the vaguest terms, with Denki continuing to evolve the game over the past several months, but! Denki’s own David Thomson is currently in my own city of Austin, and is apparently carrying on his person a paper prototype of the game which, with any luck, I’ll have in my hands in less than a day from now, and can update accordingly. For now, rest your weary eyes on these for a jolt of that Denki spirit.

Denki home

Previously:
Denki re-emerge with XBLA boardgame mashup Quarrel – Offworld
The way of the Denki: Gary Penn's game design rules – Offworld
Denki does recruitment right – Offworld

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COMMENTS

  1. It does look like dice wars to me, with some brilliant skinning. Word game battles sound fun tho, and Go Go Beckham was a brilliant game. I’m looking forward to this one.



  2. Pingback: Of Words and Wool: The Making of Denki’s XBLA word-battler Quarrel | VENUS PATROL


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