All Game Reviews

Dinosaur Island (Pandasaurus Games) Game Review

If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the old simulation games where you ran a zoo or a park. These weren't the games of today, in which you build sprawling 3D environments. They were 2D games, in which you placed animals in little slots and attempted to make the best attractions. Dinosaur Island is a lot like that: you're trying to build a theme park in 2D space, to create the best attractions and make the most money. But if your park becomes too dangerous, dinosaurs will start eating the guests.

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The Last Garden (One Thousand XP) Board Game Review

At the end of the world stands a Queen in her garden -- The Last Garden. You, the players, are her robot companions -- and your only goal is to build a lush garden with which to impress her. And there are a lot of options that you can use to impress her, most of which will work directly against the other robots within the garden. At first glance, The Last Garden looks like a worker placement game, but it plays primarily like a "take that" game. And a particularly brutal "take that" game at that.

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The Shipwreck Arcana (Meromorph Games) Board Game Review

In this cooperative game, players are cast into the role of psychics, with the goal of reading into the future to discover each other's fates. If you can uncover everyone's fates without too many incorrect guesses, you all survive; guess incorrectly enough times (or don't guess at all), and you all perish. A fast paced deduction game, The Shipwreck Arcana is easy to learn, fast to setup, and has only a few components. Aa solid casual game, it may be lacking in the complexity necessary for more serious gamers. 

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Unstable Unicorns Game Review

In Unstable Unicorns, players race to collect a certain number of unicorns in their stable, while augmenting their own and sabotaging others. A seemingly ridiculous, themed game in the vein of Bears vs. Babies and Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns is actually a lot of fun. Quirky art and flavor text complete the game, which has some interesting (if shallow) mechanics.

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Tortuga 1667 (Facade Games) Game Review

It's hard to articulate exactly where we went wrong, but at some point, during the interminable bickering, we all looked up and realized we weren't having fun. And that wasn't the fault of the game. It was our fault. Tortuga 1667 is a game of piracy and greed, in which players are given two equal factions (British and French) and one singular mission: have more gold by the end of the game. Complicating this is the fact that there are two pirate ships and the island of Tortuga which players move between. 

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The Adventurers and the Temple of Chac (Alderac Entertainment Group) Game Review

It's the nature of things that occasionally my group doesn't get to games on time. In this case, we got to the party about seven years too late, with The Adventurers and the Temple of Chac. In The Adventurers, players need to get in and out of a trapped temple with as much treasure as possible. And, insofar as The Adventurers isn't a great game, it's an interesting one from a development standpoint.

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Eldritch Horror (Fantasy Flight Games) Game Review

Published back in 2013, Eldritch Horror now has, oh, about a dozen expansions (that's a bit of an exaggeration, but only a little). A dense game with virtually countless tokens and decks, Eldritch Horror isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it is a fantastic game for those looking for some eldritch mythos. It's also not a terribly long game, though it might appear to be -- and a lot of its complexity melts away within the first few rounds.

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Topiary (Renegade Game Studios) Game Review

There's not that much going on in Topiary, but it's also really not that sort of game. The first thing you'll notice about the game is its relaxing, watercolor-inspired art; after all, who doesn't love a bush in the shape of a dinosaur? And it actually has a rather clever mechanic. In this game, you're trying to build a gorgeous garden and position your visitors in the best vantage points4 from which to view the garden. As the garden changes, certain areas can get cut off from viewing, impacting scoring.

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Imhotep: Builder of Egypt (Thames & Kosmos) Game Review

In Imhotep, players are competing to mine blocks in their quarry and build the most fantastic structures to honor their rulers and their gods. Each player is given a large number of very brightly colored blocks, which will then be stacked and sorted on the game boards throughout a total of six rounds (and about forty five minutes). Players are building different monuments which need to be ordered in different ways in order to score the most victory points.

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