Magic Maze

A cooperative game in which players attempt to move pawns through a magic mall, gathering gear and then getting out as quickly as possible. The twist? You can't talk, and you all control the pawns all at once. 

Rating: 
Average: 8 (1 vote)

Viticulture

Viticulture is a unique two-season worker placement game in which players compete to build the most successful winery. Players plant fields, harvest grapes, and play event cards, all with the goal of fulfilling wine orders and collecting the most victory points. 

Rating: 
Average: 7 (1 vote)

Carcassonne

In this tile-based game, players build out a game map and position their followers. Carcassonne is a simple, fast-paced game with a quick turn order and relatively few rules. There are also multiple expansions. 

Rating: 
Average: 7 (2 votes)

Qwirkle

Match colors and patterns in this strategic mix-and-match games. Players take turns drawing colored tiles and then playing them in a sequence -- any player that is able to get six shapes or six colors in a line scores extra bonus points called a "qwirkle." Qwirkle is a fast to set up tile drawing game with easy to follow rules and a surprising amount of depth to its strategy. 

Rating: 
Average: 6 (1 vote)

Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island is a challenging cooperative game, in which players are tasked with finding artifacts and escaping from an island that is slowly flooding. Each player gets their own role, from helicopter pilot to archaeologist, and players must figure out the best path towards success. Problem solving, strategic thinking, and cooperation made this the 2010 Mensa Favorite Brainy Games Winner.

Rating: 
Average: 7.5 (2 votes)

Forbidden Desert

Once you've escaped Forbidden Island, you crash land in the Forbidden Desert -- possibly not, but that's our canon for it. Forbidden Desert is a reimplementation of Forbidden Island; up to 5 players must play cooperatively in order to find artifacts and escape the desert, all while sand piles up around them. Oncec the sand has piled up too far, the mission is doomed. Every player gets their own role and they must take turns finding artifacts, moving, and digging up sand, all while the sand continues to rise. 

Rating: 
Average: 7 (1 vote)

Viral

In Viral, players compete to take control of organs in a human body, while using additional mutation cards add events that all players must contend with. Players are able to use mutation cards to alter their viruses and all players together simultaneously plan out their actions and their moves. 

Rating: 
Average: 8 (1 vote)

T.I.M.E. Stories

Rather than a strict review, I have an entire story about T.I.M.E. Stories. First thing's first: T.I.M.E. Stories is actually a game system, complete with save states. In T.I.M.E. Stories you play time travelers who are going back in time to solve mysteries, many of which are being caused by other time travelers. You are part of an agency cleaning up the mess. Because of this, you're  expected to fail once or twice and there are multiple plotlines you can go through. The T.I.M.E. Stories company regularly releases new modules to play.

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T.I.M.E. Stories

In T.I.M.E. Stories, you are time detectives, working as a cooperative team to uncover stories. The T.I.M.E. Stories system comes with an introductory module -- Asylum -- and there are other modules released periodically that can be played on the same game board. 

Rating: 
Average: 8.5 (2 votes)

The Game

I've never before played a game that was so thoroughly innocent yet so close to causing bloodshed. The Game is an incredibly simple card game. 1 through 5 players have a hand of cards labeled from 2 to 99. Their goal: to lay the cards down in four piles in hopes of putting down all their cards. Two of these piles start at 1 and go up, while two of the piles start at 100 and go down. 

I have no pictures of this game because no one wants to remember playing it.

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