December 10th, 2016
Restoration Games have revealed the first three games they are releasing: Stop Thief, Indulgence, and Downforce.
Restoration Games is a new company, whose mission is to take games from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, fix them up, and bring them back for the modern gamer. The new games pay homage to the spirit of their predecessors but feature updated art and graphic design and improved rules and mechanisms. The games will be released at Gen Con in 2017.
Stop Thief was designed by Dr. Robert Doyle and published by Parker Brothers in 1979. A family game of logical deduction, it featured an electronic device that beeped and chirped as players tried to track down an invisible suspect by the sounds they make while escaping. Restoration Games is replacing the electronic device with a free companion app, which offers better sound quality and a more dynamic platform for different modes of play. Asymmetrical movement decks, variable suspect effects, and vibrant new art complete the restoration. This “audio deduction” game offers a unique experience for all kinds of players. Stop Thief is for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, and takes 30-60 minutes to play.
Dragonmaster is a card game from 1981 that traces its lineage all the way back to Barbu in the early 1900s. Restoration Games is bringing it back under the name Indulgence, now re-themed as a game papal intrigue in the Italian Renaissance. This trick-taking game was known for using variable contracts—the new version has 20. Like its predecessor, Indulgence features quality cards and stellar artwork, now from newcomer, Chelsea Harper. This game suits casual play while chatting with friends or more cutthroat sessions for people who take their tricks seriously. Indulgence is for 3 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 40-60 minutes to play.
In the 1980s, legendary designer Wolfgang Kramer released a series of card-driven racing games, including Top Race. Years of play and multiple versions have honed the design to perfection. With Downforce, Restoration Games culled through the many rules modules to create the most fun version possible. More importantly, the game will feature component quality befitting its pedigree. This restoration makes Downforce a racing game the same way Ticket To Ride is a train game. It is family friendly but offers deeper play for more strategic gamers as well. Downforce is for 2-6 players, ages 10 and up, and takes 20-40 minutes to play.
Restoration games are completing development on the games and lining up production for early next year for ultimate release at Gen Con in 2017.