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Monopoly:Anti-Monopoly::Settlers:Spirit Island

I first had this thought when Spirit Island was released (“This is Anti-Settlers”), and having played through the Steam tutorial, I see no reason to change my mind. Spirit Island is also tapping into that Jungian “pre-industrial, back to nature, state of grace” current that made Avatar the biggest movie of all time (made solely on computer!)

Anyway, no deep thoughts on this, although I was idly wondering if there were any other game pairs where the second is an ideological reversal of the first. (I’m sure there are, but none jump out at me at this pre-caffeine moment). I “collect” such pairings. (My favorite in pop Music is “Look Back in Anger” by Bowie and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis).

So — Open thread for examples! (I’m sure there are many pedagogical games, but Settlers/Spirit actually work as games…just as Bowie/Oasis produced great songs….)

Written by taogaming

March 16, 2021 at 8:44 am

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  1. Maybe Hearts vs Spades?


    March 16, 2021 at 10:01 pm

  2. Lots:
    XCom vs. Martian Dice
    King of Tokyo vs. Settlers or more generally
    anything blowing up a city vs. anything building one
    Steam vs. 18xx
    Gunfighters/High Noon Saloon/etc. vs. Wyatt Earp/etc.
    Scotland Yard vs. 221 Baker St.
    Just Say No vs. Dealer McDope

    Jeff Goldsmith

    March 17, 2021 at 1:01 am

  3. Dungeon! vs Dungeon Lords


    March 17, 2021 at 1:45 am

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