Major Jam (Isolation): Ghost Roulette

“Ghost Roulette” by Jon Topielski.

“[A] deckbuilding game where you gamble with ghosts over the dark web[.]”

“Ghost Roulette” is one of those special jam games that know how to perfectly mix up two opposite concepts together; in this case gambling and strategy. You are a ghost who is stuck in the eternal afterlife with nothing to do, so they start to take part in online roulette. In a dead-chatroulette-ripoff interface you will encounter your enemies and get challenged to a round of tactical roulette round, which consists of exactly three turns.

Your opponent always gets to choose first where they want to spend their chips as bets. You can not place bets on fields that already have a bet on them. Sounds unfair? It would be if you would not have those amazing card deck, that allows you to slightly manipulate the position of your opponent’s chips, the amount of your own or even the roulette table itself! But you only have limited energy points to use those cards in each turn, so you have to make difficult decisions: Do you want to transform a number of red fields into black ones? Or maybe you would like to remove one already placed chip, so that the field is free to bet on again? Or hey, great idea, let us just add three more 7s!

Even though “Ghost Roulette” features no audio so far and has some little bugs here and there – I once played against an undead spirit that could place a bet even though they had no chips left -, it already is one of my absolute favorite jam games of the year. Some opponents even have a special skill, which makes playing against them pretty tough. For example, there is a devilish demon, who is able to transform one black field to a red one in each turn permanently while you are playing against them – and of course they immediately bet on all the red spaces! But there are even more special abilities and cards for you discover. And I did not even mention the up- and downgrades so far, but believe me: You want to experience that for yourself. May Lady Luck be good with you! [PLAY]