The popular Japanese publisher Oink Games is now being represented by the U.S. consolidator PSI, meaning Coqui Hobby will be offering their small, colorful, and phenomenal games very soon! Read on to check out the push-your-luck Deep Sea Adventure, the social-deduction drawing game A Fake Artist Goes to New York, and more small games that pack a punch!
COqui will also have demo copies of these games available, so get with your Account Manager for the details.
Deep Sea Adventure
A group of adventurers got together on a submarine to try to gather the treasures that sleep at the bottom of the sea. Everyone geared up in diver suits, but having a very old submarine means sharing the same oxygen tank. If one of them dives too deep, the other divers’ lives will be on the line! Will the adventurers make it back to the submarine safely?
Playing Deep Sea Adventure, you have to dive deeper using the dice. You roll the dice and move along the path composed of face-down treasure chips. You can decide whether you want to take the treasure you stop on. The deeper you dive, the higher your chances are to get good treasures, but if you take too many, the oxygen in your shared tank will be used up more quickly.
If you don’t make it back to the submarine before the oxygen is used up, you lose all the treasures you collected in the current round. You can also try to drown the other players through picking up many treasures and thus using up a lot of oxygen. You have the choice what to do, but don’t forget to always subtract the number of treasures you’re carrying from your dice roll and to lower the oxygen by the same value.
Are we controlled by what we hear and what we see, even while thinking we decide freely? Insider is a game that deals with these questions. While communicating to others, you have to find the right answers to a quiz and also find the “insider” that is manipulating the discussion. The insider will do everything to hide their identity while misleading the others.
The game begins with a quiz. Ask the game master—who knows the current theme—questions! The only answers will be, “Yes,” “No,” or “I don’t know.” Is it an animal? No. Was it existent 100 years ago? Yes. Can I buy it at the supermarket? No. The players have to find the answer by asking many questions. However, they only have five minutes to find it. If they don’t find the right answer in that time, everyone will lose!
The quiz is not easy, but the players find the answer most of the time anyway, which is because there is one insider among them who knows the right answer. The insider tries to stay incognito and controls the others by asking questions that will help them to get closer to the right answer. If someone notices who this insider is, the insider loses, so it is very important to stay unrecognized. After finding the right answer, everyone, including the game master, tries to find the insider among them.
Insider combines two fun components: finding the answer to a quiz and revealing the insider. The game revolves around discussion, it can be played even with little time, and it will entertain all players to the max.
There are six companies that will change the world as we know it! You can be part of their success and be a investor. Try to become rich by making the right decisions!
Only the one biggest investor can get money out of each company. You must try to read the next steps of your rivals and use your capital and your three hidden cards to win against them and become the biggest shareholder. You have to be lucky in this game, but you must also think about your moves and analyze your rivals! You can play this card game with a few players or with many. Startups is the updated version of an older Oink game, called Rights, which came out in 2015 and won the second prize at Game Market Tokyo. Oink Games updated the rules and the design and even enhanced the player count!
Every player takes the role of an investor and needs to try to invest in at least one of six startup companies to get the biggest shares. Only the player with the most cards of one company can get money in the end, which is why you need to carefully watch the moves of your rival players and thus become the top investor. Although the game has a short playtime, like many Oink games, it has a more extensive gameplay than the others.
The Pyramid’s Deadline
Publisher: Oink Games
Item Code: ONK0001PMD
Releases Quarter 1, 2018
In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh has sent for the most gifted architects in his realms. As one of the chosen architects, you have to try to build the most remarkable grave site for your pharaoh—but if your goal is too lofty, or you are too slow, and the pharaoh dies before you finalize the monument, you will be executed. Can you surpass the others, complete it in time, and become the most glorious architect in Egypt?
In this game, every player has to build a pyramid through choosing the right stones. The Pyramid’s Deadline is a mixture of a tactical game and a puzzle, and each player has to try to surpass the others by building a pyramid out of five kinds of stones. Since every player can only take one stone from a limited supply each round, you have to be careful. It is not always possible to get the stone you would like!
The players’ decisions have influence on the lifespan of the pharaoh. This is why it is possible to calculate your remaining time. But be careful: Sometimes, there is this one player who suddenly decides to actively shorten the pharaoh’s lifespan…just when you felt safe.
A Fake Artist Goes to New York
Publisher: Oink Games
Item Code: ONK0001FAG
Releases Quarter 1, 2018
A Fake Artist Goes to New York is a game for five to ten players in which you have to draw and conclude. Trying to conclude something while drawing is not as easy as you think!
Everyone will try to draw what the game master wrote on the prompt cards, but each player is only allowed to draw one line. For example, if the topic is “cat,” you could draw an ear or a whisker so that the other players know you know the topic. There is one fake artist among the players—someone who doesn’t know the topic and will have to draw a line randomly.
After each player has drawn twice, they will have to decide who the fake artist is. If the fake artist receives the most votes, that player loses. Otherwise, the fake artist and the game master win the game. Now, you might think it is extremely easy to find out who the fake artist is, but there is one more rule: Even if the fake artist receives the most votes, that player can still guess the topic of the picture everyone drew—and win with a correct guess!
Knowing this rule, it becomes much more difficult for the real artists to draw their lines. You want to show the other artists that you know the topic of the picture, but you don’t want to be too obvious in front of the fake artist…so the picture becomes a crazy mess!
In the picture above, the topic was “zombie,” and the fake artist (the green pen) guessed it right. What the real artists drew was probably too obvious.
In addition, the game master always tells the category of the current topic at the beginning of each round. For example, the category for “zombie” could be “monster.” The fake artist also hears the category, so if you draw too well, you make it easier for the fake artist to guess the topic in the end.
In the compact little box, you’ll find ten color pens, one white-board marker, cards, and paper. You can write on the ten colorful cards as many times as you want with the white-board marker and wipe everything away afterwards. The paper pad has one hundred pages, and even if you use it up, you can just use normal paper afterward.