Ravensburger has joined the tenth anniversary celebrations of the popular video game title, Minecraft, by bringing the best-selling gaming title to the tabletop space with its own analogue game.
Developed in collaboration with Mojang, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes brings players together in a shared, in-person experience complete with mobs to fight and a real block of resource cubes to mine.
“With the board game, players experience their opponents live at the table. That makes their reactions, and especially their emotions, truly authentic,” said Daniel Greiner, gamer and executive editor of Builders & Biomes.
“It’s just as intense and exciting as playing in the digital Minecraft world, but with even more direct interaction.”
As in the digital game, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes players explore the Overworld, build structures, and mine resources, earning points for structures and the largest connected biomes of forest, desert, mountain, or snowy tundra spaces on their player boards.
“Ashamed as I am, my brother beat me by 20 points during early prototype play tests with his desertstone-bridges build strategy,” added Jens Bergensten, chief creative officer at Mojang.
Familiar foes like Endermen, Creepers, and other mobs also appear throughout the game, and need to be defeated using weapons collected from the board. Defeating mobs earn players points in addition to granting additional awards.
Game scoring occurs as the resource cube’s layers are depleted. As soon as the third layer runs out, the adventure comes to an end, and the builder with the most points wins.
Minecraft: Builders & Biomes is a game for Minecraft players and players-to-be, requiring both strategy and little bit of luck to win. The game supports two to four players ages ten and up and takes 30-60 minutes to play.
Th game launched to the European market in October this year, while it will launch to the US this month.