Why did I build Age of Rivals?

Late last year, I was trying to find the perfect game for my wife and I to play on any given weeknight after putting the kids to bed.  Our favorite games to play together are strategy board games, but many of those are hard to set up and play on a weeknight if we’re already low on energy or time, and they're usually more fun with a group.  I really like CCGs like Hearthstone because of how replayable they are, but my wife does not like the deck-building aspect.  She doesn’t want to have to figure out a strategy before the game can start.  We wanted to just be able to jump into something with no setup and have a fun, fair game where we try to outsmart each other.  Over and over again without it getting repetitive.

So this is the game I set out to try to design, and with lots of help from Curt and Mathilde, we ended up with Age of Rivals.  Why is this the perfect game for us?

  • It has all the mechanical depth of a great strategy boardgame, but:
    • It’s digital so there’s no setup or rule tracking, and players take simultaneous turns.  Less downtime, more fun time.  Games last about 15 minutes.
    • Unlike many digital board game ports, it’s designed to fit on a single screen, large or small.  No panning the screen or squinting at small text.  
  • It has all the tactical depth and replayability of a CCG (200 cards and counting), but:
    • There’s no deckbuilding required.  It’s all about the moment-to-moment tactical decisions.  You design your strategy as you go.  
    • Any card you own might show up in any game, so all games end up being surprising, unpredictable and unique.  
    • The interactions are simple.  Just choose 1 card out of 4.  Abilities are always automatically triggered and targeted.  

We’re hoping this might also be a great game for other people.  Specifically, we think it would work well for:

  • A strategy gamer to play with a more casual gamer.  Players start the game on equal footing.  Just draft the best 16 cards you can.
  • CCG fans (Hearthstone) who just like trying to outwit an opponent more than they like building a deck, and who want every game to be surprising and have maximum variety.
  • Board-game fans (7 Wonders, Dominion, Through the Ages) who want a quicker experience with no setup, cleanup, or rule tracking, and that fits well on a phone-sized screen.  
  • Fans of civilization-building games (Civilization) who like to try to balance the concepts of culture, economy, offense and defense, but want to do it in a distilled, 15 minute experience.

We think Age of Rivals combines the most fun aspects of our favorite board games and CCGs in a unique way.  We hope you agree!  

Age of Rivals Launching on Kongregate soon

Age of Rivals, our 2-player competitive civilization-building card game, will be coming out of beta and launching on Kongregate in early November. In preparation for the launch, we have just released a major new update. Check out and play the latest update here!

 Age of Rivals' new Main Menu screen

Age of Rivals' new Main Menu screen

We added many exciting things to the game including new Rival Leaders which let you bring in up to 3 specific cards with you, card packs as a way to unlock new cards and leaders, emotes so you can share how you feel with your opponent and more! (See the game page for more details.) We feel the new changes add a lot to the game and we hope you will agree.

 Rival Leaders allow you to bring up to 3 cards with you ( art is not final )

Rival Leaders allow you to bring up to 3 cards with you (art is not final)

When we switch the game to Kongregate, we will be ending our beta period and removing our beta page from this site. We want to thank you, our existing players, for all your invaluable feedback and we will be giving you a gift for having participated in our beta testing.

How to get your beta player exclusive gift:

  1. Log in to (or create) a Kongregate account to play the game (your existing Age of Rivals beta account will no longer work).
  2. Write in to support@robotogames.com and give us both your old username and your Kongregate ID and we will grant you a gift in the form of card packs in the Kongregate version of the game.

Until the launch in early November, this page is still the way to play Age of Rivals. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter or Facebook (@ageofrivals) or join our newsletter to be notified of changes.

Three Swipes Selected by Audience at Google Play Indie Games Festival

Three Swipes is now live and available for download in both the Google Play Store for Android devices and in the App Store for iPhone and iPad. 

This past Saturday we were at the Google Play Indie Games Festival at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. It was a fantastic event and we were honored for our game, Three Swipes, to have been selected as one of the 30 games to participate.

 Team Three Swipes at the Google Play Indie Games Festival.

Team Three Swipes at the Google Play Indie Games Festival.

We were thrilled that Three Swipes was selected by the audience as one of the top 15 games to present on stage.

 Three Swipes selected by the audience as a finalist.

Three Swipes selected by the audience as a finalist.

We had a great time meeting members of the audience and other game creators. In particular, we loved Coffee Pot Terrarium by the Brothers Flint, Antihero by Tim Conkling, and A Matter of Murder by Worthing & Moncrieff.

We also wanted to offer our congratulations to the winners of the festival: bit bit blocks, Numbo Jumbo and Orbit and thank Google for organizing such a wonderful indie-focused event! 

Three Swipes Selected for the Google Play Indie Games Festival

You know that game Three Swipes we’re making? No? Well now you do! And you should also be aware that Three Swipes has been selected for Google's Indie Games Festival!

OK, so you're still thinking "Meh, I only play Candy Crush, I don’t need to play any other games”. Well smarty pants, let us ask you how many games have been selected to be one of only 30 indie games across all indie game developers' submissions in the US in Canada by the smart folks at Google for the Google Indie Games Festival? Sure, you're probably thinking "30" and, surprise surprise, you're right.

Ah, but then we ask you how many casual puzzle games were selected. And you might be thinking "30", but then you'd be WRONG! How many are there? Well you'll need to go and count for yourself.

In any case, we're super happy to be working with the folks at Google, and looking forward to launching ThreeSwipes in the coming months.

So, if you like your puzzle games involving icebergs and cute sea animals then you should absolutely check out our trailer below:

Now that you’re done (and obviously impressed) you should sign up to our mailing list to get into the beta. After that, you should register for the Google Indie Games Festival in San Francisco and come vote for us. Then you should throw confetti in the air. That’s not too much to ask right?

P.S. You see those buttons down there that say "Like" and "Share" you should hit those. Magic monkeys will appear.

P.P.S. Confetti not included in this blog post.

P.P.P.S. Magic monkeys may or may not appear.

Age of Rivals Public Beta

We are happy to announce that our 2 player strategy game, Age of Rivals, is starting an open beta-testing phase! You can play it here!

What is Age of Rivals?
It's a 2 player strategy game set in ancient times about the rivalry between two rulers. Each player simultaneously drafts cards to form their city and attempt to score the most points, while also participating in occasional combat and using plenty of fun card effects to turn the tide of the game.

Each player drafts 16 cards simultaneously while trying to balance economy, military, culture and defense. The goal is outwit your oppponent and counter their strategy with a better one of your own. Each card has a special effect and unique stats which leads to lots of gameplay variety and unpredictability.

  • 15 minutes per game
  • 2 player synchronous multiplayer or solo vs. computer
  • 200 cards at launch, with more to come
  • Card Drafting, Deck Building
  • Civilization-themed

We're about 6 months into the development of this game, and we're excited to get some feedback and keep making it better. Stay tuned for more updates!