08 June 2016
Gil Hova talks about his latest game based around running a TV channel
If you're a games designer, then surely there can be no greater feeling than selling out of your game during a show? Well, that was the case for Gil Hova from Formal Ferret Games and his latest project: The Networks. We'd heard a lot of good things about the game while at the UK Games Expo but by the time we managed to visit Gil on Saturday afternoon, he had already sold out!
In The Networks, you and your opponents are new television networks, and you need new programming. For this, you’ll need Shows, Stars, and Ads. Shows need Stars and Ads. Stars give you bonus viewers (points), and Ads give you extra money. You’ll need everything you can get; you'll have a small amount of resources and time, and you must grab the latest hot show before your opponents.
And some Stars will give their best effort only if you put them on in the proper conditions. For example, some Stars only want to be put on dramas. Other Stars want to be the only Star on the show. And your Ads will give you the most money only if you put them on in the correct time slot.
Finally, Shows age and viewers lose interest, so you have to keep your line-up fresh by canceling shows and sending them into reruns. Fortunately, you can get viewers from your reruns, and you'll get bonuses if you get a lot of shows of the same genre throughout the game.