All Game Reviews

Sushi Go Party Card Game Review (Gamewright)

Sushi Go is a game about attempting to eat food that is far too adorable to eat. A simple party game that plays a large number of people, Sushi Go is often whipped out at birthday parties and other casual gatherings. It's a good example of how unobjectionable-yet-memorable art can make a game. Sushi Go is a pick-and-pass set collection game, in which players try to make up specific sets of sushi in order to score points. The only decision players usually need to make is which card to keep.

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Mysterium Board Game Review (Asmodee/Libellud)

A cooperative, asymmetrical murder mystery game released in 2015, Mysterium quickly became an award-winning staple on many shelves. In Mysterium, one player is a ghost, giving out clues to detectives and attempting to coax them to guess a person, place, and thing. Once every detective has figured out their person, place, and thing, the ghost helps them zero in on the correct one. Everyone is working together in Mysterium, with one complication: clues can only be delivered in the form of extremely obscure cards, serving as ghostly visions.

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Marvel's Contest of Champions Battlerealm Board Game Review (Upper Deck)

Like Thanos Rising, there's probably a good game buried somewhere under Contest of Champions. Unfortunately, it's extremely well buried. Contest of Champions is a competitive, battle-royale style game, in which superheroes fight each other for... reasons. Look, it made sense in the comics. Still, as heroes bounce from location to location punching each other it's easy to forget why they're doing it. It's like a fighting game. It makes no sense that Link is fighting Princess Peach, but here we are.

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Pioneer Days Board Game Review (Tasty Minstrel)

Embark upon the adventure of your potentially short life in Pioneer Days, an "Oregon Trail"-esque board game adventure. Pioneer Days puts you in the role of a caravan leader, trying to move your caravan from town to town, and accruing as many victory points as possible. Both competitive and cooperative in a unique way, Pioneer Days is a short, light-to-medium complexity strategy game with dice heavy components. Are the endless storms, raids, and famines going to break your crew? Or will you emerge victorious, as the only cattle baron in the land?

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The Mind Card Game Review (Pandasaurus Games)

"Are you sure you don't want to play?"

"I'm autistic. Making me play that game would be technically classified as a hate crime."

In The Mind, cards numbered 1 to 100 are doled out between players. Each player only gets 1 card the first round, 2 cards the second round, and so forth. The goal each round is to place cards down from lowest to highest. This mechanic may sound very familiar to most people -- and it may sound pretty simple. 

The catch? You can't talk or communicate in any way. You can't make gestures or use secret signals.

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London Dread Board Game Review (Grey Fox Games)

Unravel a plot to destroy the world in London Dread, a story-driven cooperative board game that focuses on time-keeping and programming. In London Dread, players take on the role of an ecclectic cast of Victorian London characters, including both a nun and a stripper (the two things women can be). Players must plan out how they will traverse the city during the time they have, placing their action and movement on their own personal clock.

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Sub Terra Board Game Review (Inside the Box)

You and your curiously diverse, international team of spelunkers have been trapped in a mysterious and dangerous cave. Horrors and environmental hazards lurk around every corner: can you get out alive? (Spoiler: probably not.) Sub Terra is a cooperative game like no other, in the sense that more than any other cooperative game, it may make you want to kill everyone around you, leaving them for dead despite your win conditions.

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Rick & Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Board Game Review (Cryptozoic Entertainment)

At some point, the number of board games and card games released for Rick & Morty is going to eclipse the number of episodes. Go to ThinkGeek and you can buy your very own Rick & Morty-themed Clue, Monopoly, or (of course) Munchkin. Luckily, most of the Rick & Morty games are decently good -- and approach different themes in interesting ways. The Ricks Must Be Crazy is a solid game, but it may be more thematic than good. 

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Lightning & Bolt Board Game Review (David Somerville)

An asymmetrical tile-matching game set in a world of superheroes and robots, Lightning & Bolt is a small box of whimsical fun. Initially intended as a two-player game that a parent could play with their child, Lighting & Bolt hit the three-player stretch goal during its Make 100 campaign. And though it is intended for children, it's also a solid introductory game for those who don't play a lot of games.

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