Game On: Raging Pandas
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.
Raging Pandas was created by a pair of friends who were tired of not doing what they loved. While in school, Nathan Nelson and Jacob Irizarry decided to create a game that everyone would have a blast playing. They enlisted the help of artist Luke Wyssmann and gave him rough versions of their panda characters and Luke make their ideas come to life. Their love of Pandas expands to the real world and Nathan and Jacob have a goal of saving real pandas, who up until recently were endangered species. Each Raging Panda box has a red envelope full of educational cards with real panda facts and they’re hoping to raise awareness and create initiatives to help pandas in real life.
Raging Pandas was launched on Kickstarter in February 2019 and was fully funded less than two weeks into their campaign. Two of their stretch goals were met, one being an upgrade for all cards to a durable black core laminate and the second was a bonus game-play with fortune cookie cards. By the end of their campaign, 490 backers pledged $23,650, more than double their $10,000 goal.
The game has three different elements: gulping food, attacking other panda players to steal their food, and defending against those attacks. The goal of the game is to get five pairs of matching food cards to win the game, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Raging Pandas is fast, frantic, and funny. The highly competitive card game gets more intense each round as players use their defense and attack cards to block or steal food from other players. The constant battle means anyone can come out the winner at the end. 20 Fortune Cookie cards add an extra element to the game. At the beginning of the game, each player will get a random fortune cookie card that will give them a bonus if they make their fortune come true. There are also specialty cards that shake things up and a magic bamboo card that gives the player a leg up.
With names like Baby, Tootsie, The General, Harry Panda, Trash Panda and Deadeye, players get to enjoy the backstory to each character and laugh as their powers and abilities come to light during the game. To learn more about Raging Pandas and their Kickstarter campaign check out the links and information below.
Number of player: 2-6 players
Suggested Play Time: 15 minutes
Suggested Age: 7+
Included in the box:
Envelope of Panda Facts
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: February 2019
Ship Date: December 2019