Art history toys Ctd

May 2 2012

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A reader writes:

While you're doing art history games, let's not overlook "Philanthropist: The National Gallery". I've got this at home, don't know how, but it's actually quite playable.

Yes, this game really does exist. Here's the blurb:

Philanthropist: The National Gallery, London is the second art history trivia game from Mecenes Inc., following the more general Philanthropist. As the title suggests, Philanthropist: The National Gallery, London focuses on the holdings of one of Britain's foremost art museums.

At the heart of the game are the 100 color reproductions of paintings from the museum. Players compete to give away all of their money by answering questions about these paintings. Questions are multiple choice, or players may opt to play an "Expert" card and answer without the multiple choice options for a greater reward. Correct answers allow players to draw a "Philanthropist" card, which indicates the amount of a donation and has other effects.

Philanthropist: The National Gallery, London offers several variations on the game mechanics of the original, allowing players more strategic options and lifting this game above many standard trivia games.

Presumably someone, somewhere, heard a pitch for this game, and thought; 'this could be big'.

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