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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

Spirit Island (& Handelabra Bundle) on Steam

Spirit Island was always one of those solos I wanted to try but never got around to acquiring. It’s now out on steam. I decided to upgrade to buy the full bundle by the developer which includes:

  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
  • One Deck Dungeon
  • Spirit Island
  • Aeon’s End
  • Bottom of the Ninth

Of which I’ve only played Sentinels. The bundle was $60 but for a number of solo games I’d been tempted to buy. I spent the evening playing One Deck Dungeon, its amusing. (Apparently this bundle is for base games only, which is fine, I may pick up DLC later). I’m reasonably sure I’ll get decent value out of this. Anyway, I figured this may be of general interest for people looking for solo games during the pandemic.

Written by taogaming

March 14, 2021 at 10:13 pm