Monday, October 17, 2005

Zypods...Or Why I am Sick to Death of My Collectible Game Addiction

According to the Wizkids Games website, they are about to come out with a new collectible miniatures game for children 8 and up.

There press release states:

October 7, 2005 (SEATTLE) — Get ready for fast, collectable action! WizKids Inc, creators of the runaway hit game Pirates of the Spanish Main, brings you Zypods, a 3D collectable action game! In Zypods, players combine the tops and bottoms of strange and colorful creatures to create the ultimate fighting team. Created for ages 8 and up, Zypods is easy to learn and quick to play.
“Zypods is a great way for kids to get into collectable games,” said Mike Samora, vice president of Sales and Marketing at WizKids Inc.. “There are 90 creatures to collect, giving players literally millions of combinations – and a game lasts less than thirty minutes, so kids can play it anywhere.” Lunchtime, riding in the car, and after school aren’t safe from the creatures in Zypods!

When a Zypod is damaged, it cracks and a new, smaller Zypod hatches from inside – similar to a Russian nesting doll. Eventually, the Zypod reveals a small collectable figure – the most powerful in the game!

Zypods will be available wherever trading cards are sold. It launches in a test market in the Fall of 2005.

WizKids is a Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Its Mage Knight, MechWarrior and HeroClix CMGs have sold hundreds of millions of figures worldwide. For additional information, visit

When I first read the description of the game, it sounded stupid. I thought that a gaming company had finally come up with a collectible game I wouldn't have to at minimum sample. Alas, I was wrong. Take a look at these images and you will see what I think looks like an interesting game. Remember, the images are of the "strip" surrounding one of the "cubes" (the Russian Doll like miniatures).

This is a picture of the "outer layer" of one of the miniatures, though it lacks the "attribute strips."

The above are images of strips which are on the "miniatures."

This is an image of the final layer, in this case the figure for Drake.

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