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Sci-Fi Battlement Games

XCOM: the Board Game is Played Alongside an App

— March 3, 2015 — Life-Stages
After producing board games for franchises like Star Wars, Gears of War and Battlestar Galactica, sci-fi fans were excited to hear that Fantasy Flight Games would be creating a new game based off of XCOM. But what really stirred up even more excitement and interest was the announcement of a companion app that would be required to play the game.

For the most part, the game is very much set up like many boxed games, complete with a board, playing pieces and cards. Prior to gameplay, the app serves as a quick way to get introduced to the game and reference rules. Once the game is started, the app adds a timed element to gameplay, introducing events like alien invasions, attacks and crises, making it super fast paced, unexpected and fun. Since the game is managed through the app, automation makes each round totally unique.
Trend Themes
1. Companion App Board Games - The use of companion apps in board games adds a new level of interactivity and automation, creating unique and immersive gameplay experiences.
2. Sci-fi Gaming - The popularity of sci-fi franchises like XCOM and Star Wars creates opportunities for innovative board games that appeal to fans of the genre.
3. Timed Gameplay - Introducing time-based elements in board games adds excitement and unpredictability, enhancing the overall gaming experience.
Industry Implications
1. Board Games - The board game industry can embrace companion app integration and timed gameplay mechanics to create innovative and engaging gaming experiences.
2. Sci-fi Franchises - The sci-fi franchise industry can explore collaborations with board game manufacturers to expand their fanbase and offer unique interactive experiences.
3. App Development - The app development industry can target board game companies to create companion apps that enhance gameplay and provide additional features and functionality.
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