If you’ve been playing video games for a while, you might be ready for a change. A lot of video games have great non-digital versions that will make them an option if you want to have a good time with friends or family members who are not actually into video games. Though not all live up to their original versions, some do a great job of replicating the fun and ambiance of their digital version. Let’s take a look at some of the best live games derived from video games.
Super Mario Power Up Card Game
Few people know this, but Nintendo was first started as a card game company before it became arguably the biggest and most recognizable name in the video game business. They’re also keeping with tradition by regularly releasing card game versions of their popular franchise.
Super Mario Power Up is a simple game that is perfect for all levels of card players. At the beginning of the game, each player receives a set number of cards plus an extra level card that is dealt upside down. If a player receives a castle card, they have to reveal it and they cannot lose the round.
Each player has a certain number of life points, and the goal is to swap and collect cards until you have the most powerful deck possible. Anyone who finishes a round with the least number of points loses a life point until he’s eliminated. This is a great game for people of all ages, even those not familiar with the franchise.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
We can’t talk about Nintendo inspired card games without talking about the Pokémon Trading Card Game, or Pokémon TCG for short. Just like the original franchise, the game has a strong collecting element. The game was first released in Japan in 1996 and was published in the US in 2003. By 2016, the game was the number one strategic card game in the industry.
The game puts Pokémon characters against each other, with only one Pokémon active per round. Each of them has a set number of powers and can cast different attacks. Cards can also have special functions, such as being able to draw cards or inflicting special conditions.
If you want to play the game, there are tons of ways that you can collect cards. For casual and competitive Pokémon TCG players, the easiest way to do so is to buy multi-pack boxes online. There are also sites that allow you to buy rare single Pokémon cards.
World Of Warcraft: The Board Game
When you look at World of Warcraft, it’s easy to see how it could make for a great board game. In the game, you get the chance to play as one of the many characters, such as a warlock or hunter, and you can also decide if you’re going to fight for the Horde or the Alliance. Your goal is to collect items and abilities as you adventure through Lordaeron until you meet and ultimately defeat the Overlord.
All of this has to be done in a single round, however, and if you haven’t been able to beat the Overlord by the end of the round, both teams will have to engage in a player vs player battle. This game is great if you’re a fan of the original franchise, and like advanced strategic games with an element of cooperation.
All of these games are great analog versions of their respective video game franchises and are definitely worth a look. If you’re ready for something new, we strongly suggest you give one or two of them a try.