Weekly Game Idea 2 – Ghettris
Ghettris is a deeply serious game about racial segregation.
Players are given a sequence of randomly-shaped blocks of a particular colour; green, say. Once they have completed a solid, horizontal line, the line fuses together to form a ‘ghetto’. Then the player starts getting blocks of a different colour; say, indigo. Players must complete an equal or greater number of solid, horizontal, indigo lines on top of the green lines. Then the complete mass of indigo blocks crushes the green blocks underneath, dropping to the bottom of the screen and forming a new ghetto. Points are scored based on the number of lines crushed.
Obviously, it’s making a clever social statement about how racial segregation is an ongoing spiral of woe, and how socially segregated groups can escape the ghetto but others groups will just end up filling their void, and so on. Or maybe it’s just a load of coloured blocks?