Renegade Game Studios has come out with a boatload of new game content lately. From Succulent to Space Battle Lunchtime, Renegade seems to really be covering their bases when it comes to board games, regardless of aesthetics. Neat!
Well, now they've announced a space exploration board game called The Search for Planet X. According to their press releases, The Search for Planet X is a deductive game that uses a phone application to drive the flow of the game. This feels like a whole new world for many developers nowadays so it's cool to see that Renegade is working that market.
From their press release announcing the new game:
Become An Astronomer In The Search for Planet X
Investigate the mystery of Planet X at the edge of the solar system in this upcoming game!
Since 2016, astronomers have been searching for a distant planet to explain unique orbits in the solar system! Renegade Game Studios is thrilled announce we're bringing that search to your tabletop in The Search for Planet Xin partnership with Foxtrot Games!
Designed by Ben Rosset and Matthew O'Malley and featuring art by Michael Pedro and James Masino, players take on the role of astronomers, using observations and logical deductions to search for this hypothetical planet. Each game, the companion app randomly selects an arrangement of objects and a location for Planet X following predefined logic rules.
Each round, as the earth travels around the sun, players will use the app to perform scans and attend conferences. As they gain information about the location of the objects, they'll mark that information on their deduction sheets. As players learn the locations of the various objects, they can start publishing theories.
Once a player believes they know its location and the objects on either side of it, they use the app to conduct a search. The game ends when a player successfully locates Planet X, and all players have a final chance to score some additional points.
As Richard Ham of Rahdo Runs Through described the game: "The Search for Planet X achieves everything it sets out to do so beautifully and creates a really fun experience."
The Search for Planet X captures the thrill of discovery, the puzzly-nature of astronomical investigation, and the competition inherent in the scientific process. Do you have what it takes to find Planet X?
The Search for Planet X is created for 1-4 astronomers, ages 13+, to investigate the edges of the solar system in 60-75 minutes.
The Search for Planet X releases to your local hobby store in June.