BANDAI CO., LTD. (Tokyo, JP)

This game offers enhanced entertainment to the players. The program causes a computer’s machine to run the first game element. This causes the computer to act as a selecting and output control device. The selecting means chooses the first game element that is associated with a participant. The first game element is transformed from an expression mode in the first to a second expression mode when a predetermined condition is satisfied. The output control controls the output of the first selected game element in accordance with the second expression mode.

Field of the Invention

The invention is related to terminals, programs, gaming systems, and game management devices.

Description of Related Art

In recent times, games that use devices like smartphones or portable phones as platforms are gaining popularity. One instance of this is an online game that makes use of decks with a combination game component, for instance, virtual decks of cards. It determines which deck wins and loses in a game of competitive play by using the parameter values of every game element.

Another game is the team-versus-team game where one player is a manager to collect contenders and then forms his/her team of those who are competing to compete against an opponent. The game involves collecting trade cards to gather the rivals. These cards are linked with the contenders usable within the game. The player is able to register trading cards online, for example on a predetermined website, in order to identify the appropriate contenders who can be used to make up the team of the player. For instance, refer to Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. 2011-229898.

There is a high demand to design games that engage players using game elements that are part of their own.

The present invention provides the player with a terminal, program and game management device which provide enhanced entertainment to players.

An aspect of the invention is the program that allows computers to play the game by using a single game element. The computer functions as an output and selecting device. The selector means is used to select the first game element of the player. The first game element is converted from an expression mode in the first to another expression mode once an established condition is satisfied. The output control is a means of displaying the selected first game element inaccordance with the second expression mode.

A different aspect of the invention is that it provides a terminal which a game is played by using a first game element. The terminal includes choosing means and output control methods. The selecting means determines which game element is linked to a particular player. The initial game element is converted from an expression mode in the first to a second expression mode when a predetermined condition is satisfied. The output control means outputs the first game element selected in accordance with thesecond expression mode.

Another feature of the invention is that it provides a gaming device that performs a game using an initial game element that is associated with a first player and a second game element that is a part of a second player acting as an opponent. The gaming system includes a terminal as well as an instrument for managing games. The terminal has selecting and control of output mechanisms. The selecting mechanism determines if the second or first game element is associated with the player. When a predetermined condition has been fulfilled, the first game element is changed from a first mode to a second mode. The output control is able to output the selected first game element according to the second expression mode. The game management device includes the ability to determine the game element to be consumed in order to convert the expression mode of the initial game element that is selected by means of the terminal.

Another feature of the present invention provides a game management device communicable with a terminal of a first player and a terminal of a second player serving as an opponent to the player who is first. The game management device has the ability to determine which game element is being consumed in order to convert an expression mode for a selected first or second game element. If a predetermined requirement is met, the game element will be converted from a first expressionmode to an expression mode with a second.

The invention in question can offer games with enhanced gaming properties for players.

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