HelloFest Anima Expo 2013 was held from 9 November 2013 to 10 November 2013. Located at Komplek Kolam Renang GBK Senayan, Jakarta, this event brings you so many new card games to play, from Combo Arena, Vandaria Arkarna, and Mat Goceng. The last name is the newest card game and recently released by Manikmaya Games, Bandung-based game developer. Other than the unique name, what else Mat Goceng game offers?
The card game was set at Batavia during Netherland’s colonial government era on 1922 where a Batavia citizen named Mat Goceng was labeled as a Vrijeman by the government since he refuses to obey any regulation set by the colonial government. In the game, Mat Goceng will interact with other characters, Wan Fulus, Nyi Kencleng, Baba Amsyong, Bang Codet, and Rijkaard Cere. The interaction among the characters will then build the story of a Vrijeman named Mat Goceng.
Mat Goceng itself has gone through a very intense development phase for about a year and a half with more than 100 tester, more than 30 game sessions and 7 gameplay revision to be able to deliver the best gaming experience and storyline for the players. The game designer, Brendan Satria, conducted intensive researches by interviewing culture figures and historians and by reading related literatures to be able to portray 1922 Batavia more accurately. The research process also resulted in characterization as can be seen in the game.
In Mat Goceng, the players’ ability to collect data, analyze them, and make conclusion from it become a very determining factor. At the beginning of the game, each player will only know what character they get and what they should do to win the game. Other player will only know the information along the game by making conclusion. The first key to win the game is to know which character other players get.
The second important factor is communication skill, especially lobbying. Along the game, there will be times where a player should convince other player to help them when they need help. Lobbying also can be used to “offer” help or protection since if the offer received, the player offering help or protection is highly likely to get coin from other player they help. In each turn, a player also can choose other player for a duel challenge. When the challenge accepted, both players started from the challengers should continuously attack using silat moves. The player that failed to return an attack will lose the duel and the stamina will be decreased.
Mat Goceng was designed to be played by 3 to 6 people aged above 10 years old. In average, the game duration is 20 minutes, relatively short so the game can be played without demanding too much of the players’ time. You can find out more about Mat Goceng by visiting Manikmaya’s booth at HelloFest Anima Expo 2013, at DP28 booth in Polar II area. Or if you can’t go, you can directly order Mat Goceng from its official website here and find out more about the game mechanism by downloading the Rulebook here.