Games, Design & Game Design

Food Court Frenzy!

In Design Process, Game Design, Product Design, Sketches, Thesis Work on February 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Food Court Frenzy! Promo

Food Court Frenzy! Prototype

Food Court Frenzy is my second game exploration that’s made it to prototype. It’s for 2-4 players (though I imagine it could have more, maybe up to 6). You have won a shopping spree at the local mall food court! Each player has 100$ and takes turns rolling 1 six-sided die and moving around the board. You have to buy and eat the food at the stall that you land on; money is handled with tokens, and food is represented by marbles. Cheaper food counts for more marbles, and vice versa. To eat, you place your marbles in your suspended balloon, representing your stomach. The first player who is unable to place a marble in their balloon, or who knocks over their balloon stand, ends the game. That player loses for sure, and then the player with the most money remaining wins!

There are a couple of other winkles (the circle in the center is the “Bully Circle”, with a chance of having a free turn, having money stolen, or being force-fed a marble), but that’s pretty much it. It is stupidly fun, at least for adults who don’t take themselves too seriously.

The next major design challenge (other than running some simulations on the board to see if the space distribution makes sense) is the actual units used as the stomach stands. I think anthopomorphic is the way to go, and just today started prototyping in acrylic.

Food Court Frenzy! Stand Prototypes

Food Court Frenzy! Stand Prototypes

I’m very pleased, and excited to keep developing this one! More pics (mostly from the initial playtest) after the jump.

Food Court Frenzy! Food Bag

A bulging food "stomach" about to burst.

Food Court Frenzy! Eating

Time to "eat"

Food Court Frenzy! Winner

The winner!

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  1. My wife asked what I was looking at. I explained the balloon stomachs. She LOLed and said it’s a game she’d definitely play, based on that alone. 🙂

  2. Maybe I’ll be able to get it to a point where I can produce a set to mail out! The balloon stomachs are way more fun than they have any right to be.

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