Ares Games to publish the English edition of Quickpick – Island of Monster Masks
The new family game, the first one in partnership with Chinese publisher Planplay, will be launched at Essen Spiel 2015, in October
The Italian games publisher Ares Games announces a license agreement with the Chinese company Planplay to publish the English language edition of Quickpick – Island of Monster Masks, a new game for three to eight players, age 4 and up. The English edition will be published simultaneously with the Chinese edition, and will be released at Essen Spiel 2015 (October, 5–11th).
Quickpick – Island of Monster Masks is the first game of a new line presenting innovative gameplay based on the ability of choosing and taking actions quickly, using different perception skills, such as recognition of expressions and sounds. In the Island of Monster Masks, players arrive at an island inhabited by strange creatures and began to fit in by wearing big masks themselves, but then they can no longer recognize one another among the island inhabitants.
The gameplay combines pattern recognition, dexterity, and simultaneous action mechanics. The mime draws a Mask card and imitates the face shown, while the other players try to guess which Monster he is acting out. If a player guessed correctly, he and the mime collect a Mask. The winner is the player who collects most masks during the game.
“Quickpick is a great addition to our Family Game line, bringing an easy, funny, and original game, suited for players of all ages, including very young ones, and at an affordable cost,” said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games.
“We started to work with Ares Games in 2011, distributing their games to China – not just because they do great games, but because they support and care about their partners. We are really honored to now add a new dimension to this partnership, starting with Quickpick – a game we have a lot of confidence in. We choose to publish Quickpick for kids and families, but it proved to be so funny during the playtests that we found out it was welcomed by “hardcore” gamers,’ too. The fun has no limits!” declared Daniele P. Correale, product manager of Planplay.
In the past, Planplay has published the Chinese editions of several Ares Games’ titles, including War of the Ring Second Edition and Inkognito.
Quickpick is designed by Martino Chiacchiera and Benedetto degli Innocenti, and is illustrated by Xin Mao. The game is expected to release in October 2015, launching at Spiel 2015, the huge game show at Essen, Germany. The suggested retail price is $14.90.
For more information, visit the Ares Games website.