Watch your Back: Week February 12 to 18
Only two games have been scheduled to launch next week, which is a blessing for the writer of this post: I caught a nasty cold and have been coughing and sneezing my way through the last few days.
Crystal Age is a 1-4 player cooperative/competitive adventure game in which heroes are fighting the forces of corruption powered by a giant crystal.
On each turn, your hero will move and then attack a monster that corresponds to the location they are standing on. If the monster is defeated, the hero gains the monster's special ability. Fights are performed by rolling dice. Your win the game if you manage to beat the guardians of the crystal. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 15.
Personal opinion: This is a simple, straightforward game. I have recently come to appreciate this quality over convoluted and fiddly designs. Granted, Crystal Age may be too simple. I'll take a look at the campaign and decide.
Eye of Zamrock: Invasion is a 1-6 player competitive civ-building and adventure game in which you are the leader of a kingdom trying to augment your power over the other kingdom leaders while also fighting the forces of the Demon king.
Over the course of the game, you will be gaining resources, building cities, and gathering crystals so you can construct your Crystal Tower. If you don't build the Tower before the game ends, the Demon wins. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 15.
Personal opinion: It appears that the game has been designed with multiplayer rather than solo in mind. I assume that solo pits you against the Demon king, but there isn't enough info out yet.