It’s time once again for Saturday.
I think that’s really all that needs to be said about it.
This Roundup we have: Camel Cup, Dead of Winter, Tash-Kalar, Ryu, Through The Ages, Mombasa, Raptor, Fury of Dracula, Monster My Neighbor, Grand Austria Hotel, Neue Heimat, Pi mal Pflaumen, Modern Art: The Card Game, Fog of Love, and Pew Pew.
Toucan Play That Game:
Play Board Games:
Tash-Kalar is an abstract game with some area control in it set in a battle arena. You place your pieces on the board in specific patterns to summon cards in your hand.
RYU is a resource management game with a rondel and drafting mechanic. Can you gather resources and build your dragon before your opponents?
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (TtA) is the newest implementation of the 2006 civilization building game Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. I was excited to receive this game to review as it would be the first time playing a civ game in board game form.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
There’s some irony in using a James Bond song to intro one of the least sexy games we’ve ever reviewed. Mombasa isn’t just a weighty, complex game with a fat manual. It’s a game of buying stocks in colonial-era Africa* where one of the areas of the board you’ll be battling is “The bookkeeping track”.
That’s right. Don’t all rush to throw your underwear at the box at once!
That said, if you won’t have trouble inviting your friends over to play with stocks and books, we’re happy to tell you that Mombasa’s puzzle is strong and surprising, like a stinky hippo charging at you out of a river.
Imagine an island in the Pacific where not all dinosaurs are extinct. A mama raptor and her five babies are cavorting in the island sun. (Don’t ask me where daddy raptor is. That’s never addressed.) A team of scientists has arrived to capture the dinosaurs, presumably for legitimate preservation and study, not Jurassic Park-style weirdness. Of course, mama raptor is not in favor of this plan, so she will battle to eat those scientists and save her babies. Who will win?
There are two sides in Fury of Dracula: Dracula himself, and a team of four hunters which fans of the book will immediately recognize: Van Helsing, John Seward, Lord Godalming, and Mina Harker. The goal of the hunters is to find and eradicate Dracula, while Dracula must increase his influence on the world by maturing new vampires, defeat hunters in combat, or simply survive long enough for his power to be unstoppable.
Monster My Neighbor is a light, quick-playing card game where you’re either guessing who the monster is or hiding your fiendish nature. Then again, you might start out as a normal everyday villager doing your part to root out the creature only to discover you suddenly become the monstrous target yourself! Monsters are known to have identity crises like that.
Euro games are often derided for their dull themes and presentation, put down for being tedious exercises in efficiency. Cube pusher, point salad, multiplayer solitaire. All terms to describe yet another soulless euro game. There’s some truth to it all, but you know what? I love it! I love it all! Farmers and merchants win my favor over wizards and warriors any day of the week. The struggles of a business owner are more relatable to me than the trials of an adventurer. So the stakes of a business facing bankruptcy carry more weight with me than staring down a giant troll. When Grand Austria Hotel offered me the opportunity to run my own high end hotel, I was eager to jump in.
Drive Thru Review:
Neue Heimat Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:43); final thoughts and review (13:29)
Pi mal Pflaumen Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:07); final thoughts and review (08:18)
Modern Art: The Card Game Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:41); final thoughts and review (08:16)
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (03:01); final thoughts and review (23:13)
Board Game Quest:
When a game debuts with a unique and fresh theme, it always catches my eye. We have countless zombie games, a billion trading games set in the Mediterranean Sea, and more fantasy games than one could play in a life time.
So when I was first asked to check out Fog of Love, my interest was immediately piqued. The theme is unusual for sure. In this 2 player only game, players take on the role of a couple and must make decisions over the course of their relationship. The game sprang from the mind of game designer Jacob Jaskov, who was trying to find a game to play with his wife, a romantic at heart. Decision making, role playing, and possibly some bluffing are what Fog of Love promises. Launching now on Kickstarter, we dive in to Fog of Love and see if it delivers on its promises.
I will confess that I grew up in the eighties at the height of arcade video-gaming (insert ageism joke here). The digital glow of those large boxes or table tops drew me in like nothing else. My all-time favorite arcade game was Galaxian (not to be confused with Galaga) which I likely spent a king ransom of quarters playing over the years.
So when I was offered the chance to review, Pew Pew!, a solo, “old-school” arcade space shooter strategy game from Victory Point Games, I jumped at the chance. Does Pew Pew! emulate the feel of my favorite eighties arcade game fun or does it end up missing the mark? Read on!
Pew Pew! is a solitaire game for 1 player that plays between 15-20 minutes.