Top Ten Games with Tech
With app integration looking like it’s here to stay, we’ve been hard at work combing the archives to find the top 10 games which use technology. Why not validate our procrastination (and dabble in some yourself) by checking out our nostalgia inducing top 10 tech games!
Operation has now been annoying parents for 50 years and shows no sign of abating any time soon. Operation was one of the first games to bring elements of technology to the tabletop: in this case its simple circuit mechanism. With its charming happy meal toy aesthetic and the dulcet tone of its pizo buzzer, Operation is a fantastic gift to buy the children of your mortal enemy.
9 Break the Safe
The goal of Break the Safe is, unsurprisingly, to ‘break’ the eponymous safe. This whizzy early 2000s offering incorporates some technology in the form of a timer embedded into the aforementioned safe. Players must collect 4 keys and insert them simultaneously into the clock to stop alarm from sounding. What has driven your family to this desperate act isn’t covered in the game literature.
8 Space Alert
In Space Alert players become crew members of a small spaceship scanning dangerous sectors of galaxy. Each mission lasts only 10 minutes and is accompanied by a CD which provides a soundtrack, including central computer announcements which players must react to. All the fun of a French aural exam, in Space!
7 Uno Extreme
What could be more fun than the crass commercialisation of a traditional card game? That’s right: a crass commercialisation that includes an annoying random card dispenser machine! If you’ve always thought that the almost negiligible strategic element of UNO needs some slimming down then UNO Extreme is for you.
6 Sheriff of Nottingham
The free Sheriff of Nottingham App is by no means essential. However, it certainly helps to enhance this already outstanding title. Players using the app are provided with a timer for the negotiation phase; ambient rustling noises and a handy score-keeper. This helps to ensure that the game never outstays its welcome. Best of all? The app is (at present) completely free!
Ever wondered what it would be like to invite that man in the grubby FILA hoody into your house? You know, the one who smells like urine and drinks Lambrini by the bus stop? Right. Now, have you ever wondered what it would be like to have him shout at you while you play a board game? If yes, then Atmosfear has the answer! In Atmosfear, players compete under the eye of a VHS ‘Gate Keeper’ to collect keys from 6 regions. Only then can players head to the Well of Fears and attempting to conquer their deepest phobia to win the game.
4 The Omega Virus
In the Omega Virus 1-4 heroes have 30 minutes to save BattleSat1 space station from the evil Omega Virus. As the game progresses players are taunted by the Virus (who presents as a sassy pre-pubescent HAL 9000), while listening to the central computer pleading with you to help. Player’s actions are inputted into the central console which then informs players of discoveries, events and combat consequences. Rest assured even the most stoic of heroes will want to shut this virus up after half an hour of his tinny jabbering.
3 Golem Arcana
With its lightpen and app, Golem Arcana offer the deepest tech integration on this list. By tapping Golems and their actions, the app models a multitude of variables from terrain conditions to the ongoing effects of attacks. This allows for incredible depth without the nightmare of recording all the modifiers in play. If anything Golem Arcana is a victim of its own success and at times feels like a computer game with a tabletop element tacked on the end. Nevertheless its rich use of technology rightfully earns it a spot at our high table!
XCOM wins our respect for having the best interactive tutorial on our list: we long for the day when every game comes with such a fantastic swipe through tutorial! Alongside this, XCOM’s app provides an Atmosfear-style timer prompting different players to make snap decisions during the games high pressure ‘timed’ section. These crises, events and decisions will then be played out in the following ‘resolution’ phase. With smooth tech integration that doesn’t try to do too much, XCOM has stormed to #2 in our list!
Alchemists takes top place in our technology list for three reasons. Firstly, its use of the camera to select potion ingredients is slick and unobtrusive. Secondly, in allowing multiple phones to be part of the same game there’s no need to pass your new iPhone 6 Plus around your untrustworth gaming group. Most of all though, Alchemists works so well because the deductive nature of the game makes it a perfect match for app-integration. It eliminates human error allowing players to focus solely on the game and unpicking the mysteries of potion making.