From the manufacturers of explosive kittens, there is Throw Throw Burrito. It's a fairly civilized card game until one player takes a foam burrito and throws it on another player.
This is the fourth card game of former video game creator Elan Lee and digital designer Matt Inman, creator of The Oatmeal. The match for families exceeded its $ 10,000 Kickstarter goal in one day and reached $ 820,000 with 29 days remaining in the crowdfunding campaign.
Lee is the former creative director at Xbox, but he left four years ago to create the Exploding Kittens table game with Inman. The game has raised an unprecedented $ 8 million through crowdfunding, and to date, it has sold more than 8 million copies, Lee said in an interview with GamesBeat.
Inman created the game's hilarious art and helped promote it on his comic book website, The Oatmeal.
Lee and Inman's company, also known as Exploding Kittens, is at the forefront of the rebirth of table games, which is now the fastest-growing segment of the entertainment industry. The Exploding Kittens game also has a paid mobile version which is also still a bestseller.
Their work in desktop computers is the exact opposite of the usual migration of early-stage digital platforms and expansion to desktop computers, Lee said. Bloomberg recently published an article on the fact that board games are becoming the new way of networking Wall Street.
Exploding Kittens is the world leader in sales in the table games category. It still holds more than twice the record for the most supported project ever held on crowdfunding platforms.
Burrito to throw
Throw Throw Burrito combines a deck of cards with dodgeball. Players need to focus on collecting cards, as shown in the video on the Kickstarter page. Once they have collected three key items, players can start throwing foam burritos. It's so physical – fights can break up to eight times per game – it's fun to watch the game.
"While our other games had animals, we realized we had to get away from them," said Lee. "None of us felt comfortable throwing an animal. But the most fun for us was throwing food.
The team tested different objects and even went to China to examine the materials. The factory people seemed pretty puzzled by the Americans who were throwing objects at each other to test their products, Lee said.
This type of game is similar to the Exploding Kittens spirit and the other games of the company, Bears Vs. Babies and You've Got Crabs. Lee said that he wanted to create games that keep people off their screens and bring them back to each other. The 22-person company offers these games in part by stopping for four hours to play games.
"For us, the mission is what does the next step in table games look like?" Lee said. "It's an important theme. What happens when you lure people away from the screens to push them towards each other. Our games are not designed to be fun, but to entertain the people who play them. "
Contributors to Kickstarter will have their games in September and a consumer version is planned for the holidays.