My day job is at a millennial tech start-up. We talk a lot about “how to get people to engage with each other” and there are so many ways and reasons and I have found a great one: Mangaka.
Over two years ago, I interviewed Mangaka lead designer Jason Thompson and producer Jumana Al Hashal about the game and their decision to fund it through Kickstarter. Al Hashal told me then, “We always get asked if you have to be good at drawing to play, and the answer is no, much like you don’t need to be a musician to play or win at Rock Band and don’t need to be an artist to play Pictionary.”
Was that true? Would the game be accessible to my nongamer, nonartist friends? I’m always anxious suggesting games to my squad, who consider Settlers of Catan to be “too nerdy.” The geek truly stands alone in my world.
I’m here to tell you that Mangaka will not disappoint you. Through several fast rounds of drawing panels of comics, with more panels added each round, you will entertain yourself and your friends more than you even know. Each round there are certain themes and plot devices you much follow, some are shared, some individual, and points earned for following those simple rules.
Read some user-submitted comics for yourself right here.