The first spark of inspiration for Staking Claims came on a slow train to London. To pass the time, we grabbed a notepad and started playing an old school playtime game which we knew by the name ‘boxes, although there are a truckload of names for it... It’s a beautifully simple game and only requires graph paper, with players competing to complete squares by drawing lines. The game ate up a significant portion of the journey, and it hit us at the time that a digital version could be interesting…
The Desire for Wealth
Staking Claims is a free tablet and web strategy game from award winning Scottish developer Guerilla Tea. The game is a digital version of the pen and paper game ‘Boxes’. Players take turns to draw lines onto a square grid; the idea being to complete squares to secure them.
Staking Claims is loosely themed after the California Gold Rush of the mid 19th century. The discovery of gold in the Californian countryside lead to a stampede for wealth. Tens of thousands simply downed tools and travelled to the gold fields. Now imagine that you are in command of an army of gold hunters, trying to claim riches from as much land as possible before other bands of fortune seekers beat you to the punch. You’ll ‘draw’ fences on the land, and once you’ve fenced off a full square, that land will be yours.
Of course, some areas of land are more valuable than others, so you’ll need to be creative as to how you place your fences to fend off the competition.
Compete against friends taking turns using one device. Perfect for train journeys…
There are millions of possible environments to claim, as we randomly generate the terrain with each round of gameplay.
We have re-visited a well-known ‘pencil and paper’ game, and given it contemporary, casual video game clothing. Staking Claims can be enjoyed as a ‘passive’ game; take as much time as you like playing a round. It won’t demand too much of you!
Finally, there’s much more to come! Staking Claims is one title in a series of original IPs being developed at Guerilla Tea which all attempt to stir up some childhood nostalgia, so stay on the lookout for more announcements and updates later in the year!
About Guerilla Tea
Guerilla Tea is a well-known independent Dundee based games and application development studio with a strong focus on mobile and online platforms. Guerilla Tea is the brainchild of four Professional Masters graduates of the University of Abertay in Dundee – one of the UK’s most prominent software development hubs – and was founded in June of 2011.
Since the company's formation it has maintained a steady balance of work-for-hire projects and original, self-owned, award winning games and applications across a range of sectors. We have designed and delivered games and applications for DC Thomson, Cancer Research UK and the BBC.
The studio is built around a core in-house team of highly skilled dynamic developers that draws upon the best local talent to bolster internal resources when necessary. Utilising the highest level of development standards Guerilla Tea mixes creativity, innovation and passion and strives to offer risk-free development solutions across multiple platforms covering hundreds of handsets.