How Marvel Snap was designed to fit into your life

The developers of Marvel Snap have done their job a little at good. In an interview with The edge, the developers talked about how, when designing Marvel Snap, they wanted to make a game that ‘would fit into your life’. Well, it seems that I and millions of others have not only managed to fit the game into our lives, but have also shaped our lives. around the. That’s why I play a few quick rounds in the morning and reward my productivity at work with an afternoon snap break, and why I have to end the day with a dub before I can sleep.

Marvel Snap is the debut game from Second Dinner, an indie studio founded by ex-Blizzard developers, and from the start they knew they wanted to make a mobile card game. “Marvel Snap is about continuing our passion for sharing our love of collectible card games with as many people in the world as possible,” said Yong Woo, snap‘s chief production officer and co-founder of Second Dinner.

“We felt that mobile is definitely a great starting point,” he continued. “We’re thinking of a game that fits into your lifestyle, that everyone can enjoy, no matter how much time they have in their lives.”

One of the Marvel SnapThe main appeal of the game is that it is a game that you can fully experience in minutes. While gamers are still immensely enjoying the 60+ hour full story experiences from developers like Sony, Ubisoft, and EA, while the core age of gamers is slowly creeping up, the idea of ​​”appointment gaming” is starting to gain popularity.

Yong said that, like most developers, the folks at Second Dinner want to make games that they are passionate about and want to play. And when designing snapthey wanted a game that wouldn’t interfere too much with people’s busy lives, where a trip to the toilet is often one of the few moments of calm and solitude in the day.

“It’s games out there where you could play, and it’s about five minutes,” Yong said. “But then if you get into a crazy situation, you could sit on a toilet for about 20 minutes, you know?”

Yong continued: “When we thought how we wanted to forge” [Marvel Snap], [we thought] “Hey, what if a game could be strategically super deep, and what if we could somehow make it three minutes long too?”

“What if a game could be strategically super deep, and what if we could somehow make it three minutes long as well?”

a typical Marvel Snap match lasts about three to six minutes. While that short time doesn’t sound like it lends itself well to the kind of deep-thinking game CCGs are known for, snap‘s map design, unique playing field and “snap” mechanism make for matches that resemble neutron stars of competitive drama. Imagine if you could get all the thrills of victory, the pain of defeat, and the intense emotion of a wild “swing for the gates” in six minutes or less. Now imagine that 70 percent of your games are like this: that is Marvel Snap.

The amount of love that the developers have invested in Marvel Snap is shared by their partners at Marvel Entertainment. According to Second Dinner co-founder and chief development officer Ben Brodeit was Marvel Games’ EVP Jay Ong who approached them about making a game, confident that Second Dinner would provide the same quality experiences found in games like Spider Man, Miles Moralesand underestimated the criminal Guardians of the Universe.

Image of Marvel Snap cards featuring the cards Devil Dinosaur, Venom, America Chavez and Ant Man

a:hover]:text-black [&>a]:shadow-underline-grey-13 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black text-grey-13″>Each card has different variants in different art styles to encourage collecting and customizing the deck
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“He called Hamilton, our CEO, and said, ‘Hey, look, I’d love to work with you. I know you guys can make something amazing, so I’d love to see Marvel be a part of that,'” Brode said. “Work with [Marvel] has just been unbelievably fun because they are not a normal licensor who does it just for the dollars. These are people from the game industry who have been at Marvel for a long time, who really care.”

According to Brode, the titular “snap” – where a player can raise the game’s stakes with a “doubling cube” – was an idea that came from the company’s CEO, Hamilton Chu.

“So we basically just played hearthstone with a doubling cube,” Brode said. “So Hamilton sat behind me and said, ‘Would you double the bet this turn? Would you back off if your opponents doubled the bet?’ And I thought, ‘Oh my god, I think I’d double the bet now.’ And we felt it made the game more fun, it added this extra level of in-depth strategy.”

I find the cards to be more compelling strategy devices, and with absolutely unheard of mechanics (like cards that play the game for you), there is no shortage of ways to frustrate and please your opponent. In fact, one of the best things about Marvel Snap is that it encourages playing crazy. I’ll make the most crass “yolo” games just for fun, and the best part is, it often works. “The ideal situation is where people can have fun and try things, and there isn’t that much pressure for you to find the right way to play the game,” Woo said.

“There isn’t that much pressure for you to find the right way to play the game”

Live service CCGs like hearthstone and Magic: The Collector’s Arena are typically dominated by content release cycles. Each time a new set comes out, more powerful cards are released and decks tend to hold the same handful of cards. Of snap, and in particular its unique location mechanism, it is harder for a single strategy to sustain. That’s where much of the creativity and innovation of cards and players tends to shine, according to Woo.

“I think it really helps to mix things up,” Woo said. “Day after day, week after week, you’re not supposed to use that one deck that someone said a month ago was the right deck. It’s like every day, we hope to create a situation where you think, ‘Hey, what’s the new puzzle I need to solve?’”

a:hover]:text-black [&>a]:shadow-underline-grey-13 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black text-grey-13″>Featured locations change every week, allowing players to change which decks they build and play more often.
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I get so torn between locations or maps as my favorite singular element of the game. On the one hand, having a Bar Sinister popup – a location that duplicates every card you play there until the space is full – is my favorite. Fill it with the Scorpion card that reduces the attack power of any card in your opponent’s hand by one, and you can ruin someone’s day. I also love it when opponents make mistakes against themselves. The developers laughed, delighted when I told them how opponents would immediately concede the match when they realized adding a Iron Man — a card that doubles a location’s score — to a square that already has a negative value just makes the value even slightly Lake negative. (Look, those basic math lessons really came in handy.)

“What? You played Yondu on Bar Sinister in turn one? I’m out of there,” says Kent-Erik Hagman, associate design director at Second Dinner. He is the person who takes all the design elements of marvel snap, from new locations to new maps, and is therefore the one responsible for all your Bar Sinister related frustrations. “And then you Killmonger it to clear your Bar Sinister. And then you play Cable on Bar Sinister. And then they have no deck!” (Writer’s note: This is an extremely situational game and should not be attempted regularly.)

a:hover]:text-black [&>a]:shadow-underline-grey-13 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black text-grey-13″>Putting a Yondu on Bar Sinister is a surefire way to infuriate your opponent.
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Trade stories about your Marvel Snap shenanigans is one of the ways the game has spread like wildfire. According to the mobile analytics company Sensor Tower, more than 3.4 million people downloaded the game in its first week and the developers are working on social features to make it easier to play. snap against your friends as possible.

“We really want to have some kind of friendly match or friendly where you can play against your friend or someone who is streaming,” Hagman said. “It will come soon, hopefully.”

While Marvel Snap Wasn’t designed with esports in mind, the developers hope that with the launch of matchmaking, community tournaments will soon follow. They also shared that they keep stats and hope they can add a profile feature later where players can view their winning records and other useful tidbits. One way for players to make the cards they want but don’t have yet is to kick around.

“I’m really excited about that,” Yong said. “And the global launch has been really successful, so this is just a start.”

marvel snap’Current success was not guaranteed, and Brode said he was nervous when this venture began. “We would spend over four years of money, time and energy on this thing, and I was like, ‘I hope people like it,'” he said. “So it’s kind of like releasing a breath that I’ve been holding for four years.”

With excellent design and lightning-fast matches that encourage creativity and risk, Marvel Snap doesn’t just fit into my life – it is my life, and I love to let the game play for as long as it wants.