Minion Master is a genre-busting game that combines elements of tabletop games, real-time and turn based strategy games, and collectible card games. The game brings together the moment-to-moment tactics of collectible card games with the long-term strategy of miniature war gaming. Players battle with armies of figurines on a hex-based board. Minions are summoned and controlled using a custom built deck of cards. Minion Master boasts 6 player co-op and versus multiplayer, a Deck Builder, Level Editor, and a constantly expanding universe of Minions to control. Inspired by physical RPG board and card games while simultaneously adding in elements that are only possible in a virtual world, Minion Master is slated for release on PC this fall followed by Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux next year.
The idea for Minion Master came about after a day of frustration. After planning for over a month to get all our friends together for an epic table top gaming session, only half the attendees showed. It took the remining players so long to set up that there was barely time to battle before people began to exit. We knew there had to be a way to get to play a tactical, table top style game without all the trouble. Slowly, Minion Master began to emerge in our heads. The development team’s goal was to create a game which held onto the mechanics of our favorite table top games, while remaining fun, fast, and pushing strategy to the forefront. Eventually, the idea of using decks of cards to control the Minions emerged, and was the key to keeping things moving quickly. Once the ideas were in place, the design phase began; not in code, but hunkered around a dining table over a period of weeks. The BitFlip team cobbled together tiles, dice, and figures from our combined table top collections, bought dozens of decks of cards to mutilate, and began designing in earnest. Matches were played, rules added, changed, tweaked, removed, and reinstated. Minions would get special abilities, stats changed, and unique cards created, balanced, unbalanced, and thrown away completely. At the end of the marathon gaming and design sessions, Minion Master had emerged in its current form. In fact, it was so well fleshed out, that in the 15 months since, only one major rule change has taken place and the balance of the original Fantasy Minion set has barely budged.
- Table Top Miniature style strategy packed up into short, quick matches.
- 6 Player Co-op and Versus Multiplayer.
- Deck Builder for creating custom Minion.
- 18 Minions to choose from based on Fantasy and Horror factions.
- Customizable maps via super awesome Level Editor!
Independent micro studio BitFlip Games today announced that Minion Master, its debut strategy release that seamlessly combines elements of tabletop gaming, turn based and real-time strategy, and collectible card building games doubled its player base during the the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, Washington that took place on August 31st – 2nd September. The news coincides with a new update available now that introduces in-game tutorials, new Horror Minion models and an all new look. To build support for a Minion Master commercial release on Steam, the team has also launched the official Minion Master Steam Greenlight Campaign. To support Minion Master please visit visit: http://minionmaster.com/greenlight
“PAX Prime was a fantastic opportunity to show off Minion Master outside of our loyal, dedicated community for the first time and we are astounded to double our player base over three days”, said David Steinwedel, Executive Producer of BitFlip Games, “With Minion Master playable on six PCs, we were delighted to see new players wait for up to 30 minutes to get their hands on the beta”.
Minion Masterwas unveiled to the public and media for the first time at Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). Attendees who visited the BitFlip booth were given limited edition playing cards from the Minion Master universe and those who pre-ordered Minion Master will receive the game’s first expansion set for free. Twitter follower @lianuchan won the PAX Minion Master contest and will now be turned into a Minion in the game.
This month the Minion Master update includes a host of features that improve the experience and will help guide newcomers through the universe, including in-game tutorials that allow players to learn the skills of becoming a minion master from gameplay basics to mid-level training. New tutorials will be added in future updates. The September update also adds new Horror Minion models including the Spider, Slasher, Banshee, and Zombie in addition to a complete graphical overhaul.
BitFlip Games will also continue to run the ‘Play with a Developer’ events whereby the beta community can play online with members of the development team and join a chat server to ask questions, talk strategy and deck-building or just make suggestions and give feedback. Launched simultaneously with the multiplayer, these weekly events are becoming increasingly popular and crowded while providing direct feedback to the development team.