Are you having post-con season withdrawal? Has it been weeks since you got a sweet swag bag full of goodies? Perhaps you are currently attending DragonCon and need to pass the time waiting in line for the next big panel? For those of you missing convention season, Con Man the Game is a convenient way to get your fix!
Con Man: Web Series and App
Con Man the Game is based off the web series, Con Man, by Firely star, Alan Tudyk. In the series, Tudyk plays Wray Nerely, an actor who played a space pilot on a prematurely canceled sci-fi show. Sound familiar? Wray attends a whirlwind of conventions, encountering hardcore sci-fi fans as he tries to advance his acting career. Numerous other convention favorite guests make appearances throughout the season.
In Con Man the Game, your job is to create the best convention that geekdom has ever set eyes upon! Wray Nerely agrees to always be a guest at your convention. You have at least one big draw for potential attendees to begin with. After Wray’s booth, you must set up the rest of the vendors, concessions, and guest facilities.
The game play of Con Man the Game is pretty similar to Clash of Clans, Farmville, Flowerama, and other freemium mobile and tablet games. The game is available through the Apple Store or Google Play for your smart phone or tablet. You begin with a set amount of space and a limited few booths and basic facilities to install. The tutorial in the beginning of the game makes learning your way around your con pretty simple. Once you set up your booths, trash cans, and restrooms, you are ready to start earning Con Cash, Comix, and Con Bags! As you level up, you unlock more food vendors, better trash and restroom equipment, and even themed attractions for your convention guests.
At your convention, you must also maintain a staff. Karen (played by Felicia Day) is your personal assistant who will help you throughout the game. It is important to address problems at your con right away. Out of order restrooms or full trash cans that are ignored will result in a drop in your Con Hype and guests will leave. It’s your job to delegate tasks to your staff to keep your con running smoothly. Your staff will include the following departments:
- Maintenance – Your maintenance staff helps to empty trash, clean messes, and keep restrooms in order. The maintenance staff is very important. The more messes and mishaps at your con, the lower your con hype level will drop. In addition to maintenance, you also have security and publicity staff to help you keep things moving smoothly.
- Security – Your security staff will make sure that your con stays safe. They will also handle altercations as they arise. Keeping your security staff busy will result in XP.
- Promo– Bobbie is your convention promoter. She will survey attendees and host guided tours with her staff. Keeping promotion staff busy will help increase your con hype and earn you XP.
Superfans Fight Back
In addition to the simulation of the convention, there are also battles against foes. Occasionally your con is attacked by alien invaders. Aliens can damage booths, so it is important to have a strong defense against these villains. Your Superfans are formidable cosplayers who battle the intruders and protect your guests. Superfans can be unlocked and leveled up to improve their alien butt-kicking skills.
VIPs are the big name guests you want to hire to appear at your con. They are paid in Comix and will stay at a VIP booth from 2 minutes to 24 hours. While VIPs are present, you may experience added perks at your con, like food vendors earning more Con Cash. VIPs may drop some Con Cash or XP for you to collect here and there as well!
The more VIPs, themed booths, vendors, and proper utilities you have, the higher your Con Hype, or approval rating will be. In the top right corner of your screen, you can check the meter of how much hype your guests are raising for your con. There is also a media feed for you to see what specifically your guests like or do not like at your con.
There is always plenty to do at your con. If things are running well and you want a challenge, you also have a list of missions from Mocap King, Jerry Lansing (Nolan North). Jerry looks out for opportunities to help you earn even more Con Cash, XP, or Comix.
I started playing this game last weekend and I am hooked! I really enjoy the different cast members of the show who all make appearances in the game. There is background chatter and sound bytes like you might hear at an actual con. Con Man the Game presents some challenges in the beginning, such as the alien attacks. However, these become easier to manage as you level up. Once you really get your con running well, earning Con Cash and other prizes is a breeze. I first heard about this game earlier this summer while attending Indy PopCon. A game where you make and attend your own con seemed like just the thing to play upon my return. Now the game is finally out as the crew prepares to film Season 2 of Con Man.
Have you started your own con? What would you be sure to include in your dream convention? Share your responses and screenshots in the comments below. You can also share on Twitter or Instagram using #IGGPPC and #ConMantheGame .