Game On: Wanted Earth
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.
The founders of Shadow Squirrel Games are friends that love board games and had the desire of creating unique games that could be enjoyed by everyone. Eddie, the original founder had been creating his own worlds in his head since he was a boy, thinking of the Wanted Earth world was effortless and he soon realized that his ideas in his mind could potentially become something great. He started working on Wanted Earth, realizing that he could introduce something unique to the miniatures market. As time passed his friend Phil joined him and they started to gain real traction. One of the goals that the founders had was to create games that were easier to play. With that in mind, they created their first board game Wanted Earth that has a unique sci fi element.
The founders decided that they wanted to simplify the players' experience while game playing by removing confusing roles, millions of tiny pieces, and long tedious set up. They also wanted a game they could get together and play that was fun and could be played in under 90 minutes.
As Shadow Squirrel Games was a new creator in the industry they approached Kickstarter to get the word out about their new game. Within one month they were fully funded for the distribution of Wanted Earth and six months later were able to ship out their first copies of the game. Shadow Squirrel Games has also been able to go on to release stickers and theme music for the Wanted Earth campaign backers.
They designed Wanted Earth to be a strategy board game that uses miniature sculpted figures. Eddie loves sci fi characters and thought it would be fun to introduce a sci fi miniatures game. The story behind the game is that various alien races are trying to take over earth. With the invasion of the first alien race, the Gorgons are fighting for earth because they want to take advantage of the sun. Heroes rise up to defend the planet. The heroes are anyone from trained military to sympathetic aliens who are trying to help.
Although the game is simplified, the founders made sure that it requires strategy and has interesting elements. Wanted Earth provides a lot of options in how you can play. Whether you have a larger group, or just a few players, the game can accommodate multiple playing styles. You can chose to play as an alien, against aliens or even other players. The game has 12 rounds, which gives you time to build a strategy, but also doesn't keeps it under the 90 minute playtime
Wanted Earth can be enjoyed by anyone. The length of the game is nice because it allows you to be able to play quickly which could cater to a younger audience, those with families, or someone who doesn’t have time. After this release Shadow Squirrel Games has gone on to release more games. They are now getting ready to release another one called Fuzzy Mage Fight. To find out more about the release of this game, or how to play, visit the links below.
Number of player: 1-7
Suggested Play Time: 90 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+
Included in the box:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: August 16, 2017
Ship Date: November 7, 2018
Website: Wanted Earth