The other day I was looking over the 2013 releases and upcoming list and one has to admit – it feels a little light compared to previous years. Given the time it takes to develop a game and bring it up to code of a solid earning title and a limited number of developers, I think we’ve just hit a slow spot with a lot going on behind the scenes. We don’t get to hear about those happenings too often since usually we only hear about games when they are pretty much ready to go. We’ve discussed a few games that should be coming out by the end of this year however so at least if we hold tight, more will be coming soon.
A lot of efforts are being put into creating the next big videmption game, aka a redemption piece where its a video game as opposed to a purely mechanical one. The latest attempt on that is Monopoly Arcade. The Monopoly concept has dabbled in video games before, although personally I have not attempted to play any of those versions. Also a few years ago Stern Pinball released Monopoly Pinball, which was certainly a unique way to bring the concept into the arcade realm.
This new version is being developed by Play Mechanix, Raw Thrills and ICE. This trio has been working together for a while, creating titles like Doodle Jump Arcade and the new Cut The Rope Arcade. In the trailer video here, which is directed more at operators who may potentially buy Monopoly, they also mention “the #1 redemption game of all-time!” which is referring to Deal or No Deal. It looks like the game is pretty much ready to go so it’s probably going to start popping up at arcades within the next month or two.