Take a look a this. This is the game “board” for a NFC-based card game that pairs with your smartphone. This is a crazy new hybrid card-video game developed by Harmonix and “published” by toy-makers Hasbro.
This is DROPMIX.
Harmonix, makers of rhythm games such as Frequency, Amplitude, Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central, has teamed up with toy and game-maker Hasbro to bring us this super-innovative experience.
The game’s Starter Pack, shown above, will retail for $99.99 USD in September, and come with 60 DROPMIX Cards plus the DROPMIX Game Board. The game is used in conjunction with a free iOS or Android DROPMIX App.
Let’s talk about those cards.
Each NFC-embedded card corresponds to a bass, beat, loop, or vocal part of a song, and when placed on the Board, the App will begin to play that part of the song. Cards can have point values of 1, 2, or 3 points, and while the specific scoring details are currently unknown, Harmonix noted that “it’s a race to 21.” This is all in the game’s Clash Mode, which is the first mode to be announced – consisting of 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2 players, and possibly 4-player vs mode as well.
The game can be played in many different ways. You can faithfully re-create a song with all card parts, or you can combine various songs’ cards to create a one-of-a-kind mix that you can call your own. The ability to save mixes for future sharing or playback was also announced:
Harmonix has revealed the following 34 tracks (300 cards total) to be released “in 2017” through the Starter Pack, future “Playlist Packs” of 16 cards ($15) or “Discover Packs” of 5 cards ($5) :
We’re really looking forward to this, and we’ll have the latest news as it’s revealed – so make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates. For now, enjoy some spiffy screenshots of the game’s 2v2 mode: