All Game Reviews

SUPERHOT Card Game Review (Greyfox Games)

Superhot is the most innovative first-person shooter of our time, so it only makes sense that it would also be a VR game and a card game. SUPERHOT is a game about bullet time: bullets only move as fast as you do. It also contains a nifty meta-game about a dystopian future in which corporations control human minds, or something, but don't worry about that part. SUPERHOT: The Card Game is a compact deckbuilder in which players also control the flow of time, represented by a line of obstacles and enemies across their board.

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Ex Libris Board Game Review (Adam P. McIver)

I am bad at this game. There are very few games that I'm flat out bad at. I'm good at deck builders, I'm decent at factory building games, and I'm OK at area control. But I am bad at this game in particular. Ex Libris is a game about the Dewey Decimal system, really -- in it, you play a librarian, who needs to collect and organize their library. In most respects, it's straightforward: you collect sets of books and you organize them, while managing the limited amount of actions that you have.

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Downforce Board Game Review (IELLO)

Never before has such a simple game seemed so irrationally complex as we reviewed it. DownForce is a bidding, betting, and racing game, intended to simulate a sequence of scenarios that does not exist in any way in the real world. Players are going to bid to purchase cars, race those cars, and then bet on those cars, all with the same hand of racing cards. It's an interesting game, especially because there's far more of a social component to it than it first seems. You aren't just gambling on some randomized outcome, you're gambling on the reactions of the other players.

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Paper Tales Board Game Review (Catch Up Games)

Blink and it's over. Paper Tales is a drafting, factory building game that goes four fast-paced rounds. Recruit your units, build your township, and... let your units die. Take some income and hope that by the end of the game, you have the highest amount of victory points. Paper Tales can play up to 5 players in a game that lasts only 30 minutes. In terms of strategy, it'ss a little shallow and random -- but the fast-paced nature of the game adds to replay value, in that you can play the game multiple times to try out different strategies.

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Quests of Valeria Board Game Review (Daily Magic Games)

Take the role of a guildmaster in Quests of Valeria, a fast-paced game for up to five players. In Quests of Valeria, players draw and hire citizens, with the goal of eventually completing quests. Once a player has finished five quests, the final round is triggered. Quests of Valeria is strategically simple and can be played within 45 minutes. For anyone who has played a Valeria game, it will look extremly similar; the art of the cards is very nearly identical.

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Weird Things Humans Search For Card Game Review (Big Potato)

What do you think of when you think "party game based on your Google history?" Do you feel abject terror? You probably should. But even though Weird Things Humans Search for looks like an edgy Cards Against Humanity style game, it's not -- it's actually weirdly charming. Weird Things Humans Search for is just a game about, well, Google Autocomplete. Playing anywhere from three to twenty people, Weird Things Humans Search for is a decent and (relatively) family-friendly game that pulls information from what people are actually searching for on the internet. 

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Tiny Epic Defenders Board Game Review (Gamelyn Games)

Select your hero and defend the world from roving monsters in Tiny Epic Defenders, a cooperative action point strategy game set in the Tiny Epic world. Tiny Epic Defenders is billed as a solo game or couples game, though it plays up to 4 players. Like many of the Tiny Epic games, it packs a significant amount of gameplay into a tiny box. Unfortunately, difficult to understand rules and repetitive gameplay make this one of the least approachable of the Tiny Epic games. 

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Mint Works Board Game Review (Justin Blaske)

Mint Works -- the worker placement game you can put in your pocket! If you've ever wondered just how much you can reduce a game to its base components, Mint Works has the answer to you. In a small mint tin lurks a worker placement game with streamlined gameplay and even a few little tricks up its sleeve.

Mint Works is most ideal for those who are exceptionally fond of worker placement games, as it leans into the mechanic extremely hard (in fact, that's pretty much the only mechanic there). If you do enjoy worker placement games, though, it can be a great filler.

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Red Dragon Inn Board Game Review (Slugfest Games)

You've already explored the dungeons, killed the big bad, and probably burned down a tavern or two. Now it's time to spend the loot. Red Dragon Inn is a game about what happens after the adventure is over. Players drink, gamble, cheat, and attack each other all with the goal of being the last one standing. Once your health goes down enough and your drunkenness goes up enough, you're out of the game for good. Red Dragon Inn is a particularly good introductory game -- even if it is mostly random.

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The Veil Card Game Review (Logan Gendron)

Battle heroes or villains in this straightforward -- yet strategically complex -- deck building card game. The Veil provides a total of 15 characters to choose from, each with their own character deck and with a Fate deck decided upon by their category. Players can play 1v1, 2v2, or engage in a campaign mode against a villain. In many respects, The Veil could easily become a favorite game -- unfortunately, there are couple of flaws in the way that the game was produced.

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Samurai Spirit Board Game Review (Funforge)

It's just an ordinary day for a samurai. Wake up, defend your village from raiders, turn into a howling beast with mystical powers, etc. Samurai Spirit is a cooperative game for up to seven players, in which players must take turns fighting off raiders while using their special abilities to ward off damage. If players get injured, they turn into their spirit animal -- and if they die, all is lost. Samurai Spirit is a strategic card drawing game with a surprising amount of challenge. Unfortunately, a terrible manual somewhat dampens its value.

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