Daka Dara Presskit
Based in Northern California
March 25, 2019
Daka Dara is a two player strategy board game of pure skill played on a 5x6 grid. The goal is to remove all of your friend's pieces. The game unfolds in two phases, the Drop Phase and the Move Phase. In the drop phase you and your friend take turns placing your 12 pieces onto the board. Then in the move phase, you take turns moving your pieces to try and form three-in-a-row, which allows you to remove one of your friend's pieces.
Like chess, it's a game of complete information and pure skill. If you're not that into defeating an opponent through superior strategy, then this game is not for you. But if you love strategy board games like Chess, Checkers, Nine Men's Morris, or Go, then you're going to love Daka Dara.
As far as I am aware, this game is the first and only digital version of the "Dara" board game.
Daka Dara started out as a 48 hour weekend jam game for Ludum Dare 33 in August 2015 that I completed solo. I was reading a book at the time named "The Book of Games: Strategy, Tactics & History" which describes tons of ancient board games and their histories. I stumbled upon a game in that book named "Dara" and it fascinated me. It was created in Nigeria, Africa centuries ago. It reminded me of the board game "Nine Men's Morris" and a little bit of "Go", which are both far more widely known. So I decided to make a digital version of the "Dara" board game for the game jam. That small digital board game I made in 20 hours for Ludum Dare turned out to be the foundation for Daka Dara.
Interactive Tutorial: Play through an interactive tutorial to quickly learn how to play - if you can't remember, play through the tutorial anytime to refresh your memory (or just refer to the in-game text rules).
Multiplayer: Play against your friends in local hot-seat multiplayer
Computer AI Opponent: Hone your strategy against a computer AI opponent. So you can even play by yourself!
Classic Mode: The normal game of Dara where you and your friend start with 12 pieces. Pure skill.
Advanced Mode: An optional mode. It offers a fresh take on the game, exclusive to Daka Dara, that adds a little randomness. You and your friend start with 10 pieces but there are two neutral pieces that move around the board randomly. Can you overcome the luck and still out-position them?
No Draws: Because of how the rules work, the game cannot end in a draw. Someone will always win!
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About Sugarsnapp Games
Sugarsnapp Games is a one man game studio striving to create magical experiences for other people. The same magic the founder felt as a kid playing games with his dad like "A Link to the Past", "Might & Magic VII", "Secret of Mana", "Warcraft 1", "Mega Man X", "Diablo II" & "Super Metroid". It was founded by Christopher Fibich in December 2017 after leaving his corporate job at a Railroad company in Omaha, Nebraska, and moving his family to Northern California.
Christopher Fibich - Designer, programmer, artist