Rock paper scissors meets Portal in Smarter Than You



Luca Redwood, the creator of the super-addictive sliding tile game 10,000,000, has been working on a sequel to that game called You Must Build A Boat for the last year, but that’s not the only app he has up his sleeves.

Yesterday, Redwood announced that he had another game in the pipeline. Called Smarter Than You, it’s a modern take on rock, paper, scissors, but with subterfuge and a malevolent A.I. named M.E.T.I.S. mixed in.

Here’s how the gameplay works. In Smarter Than You, you are asked to either attack, counter, or make a ranged attack against an opponent. Just like in rock, paper, scissors, each attack can be beaten by exactly one other attack.

But here’s the rub. In Smarter Than You, not only must you make an attack, but you have to tell your opponent what kind of attack you just made. But you can lie, and here’s where it gets fun: the game takes on a whole new level of meta-strategy based upon subterfuge.

Luca Redwood is a master at making simple, captivating games, and Smarter Than You sounds like it could potentially be one of the most interesting multiplayer games to hit iOS this year, and it could be coming out within weeks. And over time, M.E.T.I.S. herself is rumored to start challenging players, using all the data she has collected on people’s play styles over time.

As for You Must Build A Boat, it’s still coming, says Redwood. But you can only work on sliding-tile apps for so long without needing a little break.