“The bit in Star Wars with the fancy hologram chess thingy that’s got monsters in it and the one bashes the other one dead and stuff and also always let Chewie win” is easily one of the most accidentally iconic scenes in movie history. You can’t tell me you saw it and didn’t immediately wish such a thing as HoloChess existed in the real world, because I’d tell you to shut your lying, deceitful mouth, and then I’d calmly explain to you why we’ll never be friends.
HoloGrid: Monster Battle is an upcoming collectible card game / augmented reality hybrid that aims to capture the spirit of Star Wars‘ HoloChess using technology that’s readily available in most homes – and better yet, Phil Tippett, visual effects legend and creator of the original HoloChess concept, is involved in its creation.
“HoloGrid: Monster Battle is an original Next-Gen Augmented and Virtual Reality gaming concept by HappyGiant and Tippett Studio,” reads the game’s description. “A ‘Hybrid’ Board Game, Collectible Card Game (CCG), and Digital Game in one, it delivers to players a new type of gaming experience.”
It’s all powered by mobile devices and augmented reality, with players using physical cards to cast spells and summon various creatures (each with unique abilities and attributes) on a virtual playing field, subsequently using them to cause enough chaos to eventually topple your opponent’s Champion and emerge the victor. It’s designed for two players (or two teams) and games are said to progress quickly, lasting just 10-15 minutes. There’s currently a Kickstarter campaign running, hunting for $100,000 in funding, and the number of creatures and cards the game will include at launch will depend on how successful the campaign is. It’s probably best to just watch the pitch video, because Phil Tippett and HappyGiant are far better at explaining their project than I am:
Should the game hit its funding target, expect to see it on Android and iOS sometime IN THE FUTURE.