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Published on March 29th, 2014 | by Nidde


50 gamechangers: Diamond Trust Of London

Scan of Diamond Trust Of London  from LeveL #76

Diamond Trust Of London

Format: DS
Developer: Jason Rohrer
Premiere: 2012

Diamond trading and civil ear in Angola has taken at least half a million lives. In that context Jason Rohrer has placed his Risk-like strategy game for the DS. Two players oppose each other in the parts of diamond couriers for competing companies. The one that’s best at betraying, bribing och spying wins. It is a black eyed satire – where the game design’s playfulness shows our greedy nature.

Image and text scanned and translated from LeveL, issue 76

After a successful Kickstarter, only to fund the production of cartridges as the game was complete, Diamond Trust Of London sports the line The world’s first player-funded Nintendo DS cartridge”. Moving agents, bribing people, and trying to stay one step ahead of your competitor as they are doing the same thing. They may also be bribing your agents to reveal your secrets so that they can out-bid you for control of regions. So who can you trust? While crude and simplistic in its presentation the game is a psychological puzzle that board gamers should recognize – granted they’ve played board games that incorporate psychology into its mechanic. But to fully enjoy the game you need to find someone else to play with, as the AI is just that, not a real person. If nothing else this game proves that even indies can release on a Nintendo platform.

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For 500 days, from January 1st, 2013, until May 16th, 2014, Nidde will set aside all AAA-titles and only play indie games to find out if the indie scene can replace the big budget landscape.

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