I’m trying to research games that are similar to my game so I can see if I’m doing something that has already been done or if there is further inspiration I can draw from other published games. The issue being that I’m not really sure how to search for games similar to mine as I’m still not really sure of how to define my own game.
The short version goes like this:
2-4 players take on the role of archaeologists competing over the same dig site. The site is made up of a 5×5 grid of small decks of 8 square cards. The cards in each deck are ordered top to bottom by layers (grass, soil, deep, stone, bedrock) but are randomised within those layers.
Players take turns digging away a card and claiming the rewards, they could find nothing (bad luck), gold to further fund the dig, or uncover artefacts that must be paid for to safely excavate. You will receive income each turn based on how deep you have been digging. It costs more to dig deeper, but the rewards are more lucrative.
As players dig, soil tokens will build up on an adjacent card increasing the cost of digging them away. Players my use their gold to analyse the ground and peek at what is coming up in one deck.
Aside from not really knowing how to define the game, I can think of some games that have similarities. I have played other 5×5 card games such as “Tranquillity” and “Dingo’s Dreams”, but really this is the only similarity and the gameplay is very different in both cases. The only gameplay similarity I am aware of is the resource mining mechanic present in “Minecraft: Builders & Biomes”. I’m sure there will be more but I can’t seem to find them.
If anyone has any suggestions of how to research, or know any games that play like this, your feedback would be greatly appreciated!