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Mmm, Saturday. Drink it in! ... *sip* ... tastes like Sobe Citrus Energy... Oh, hey, look! An open Sobe Citrus Energy! Ain't that a kick in the head? *sip*
But my drinking habits aside, I know you're here for your weekly dose of reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Exit the Game, Ascended Kings, Stroop, Component Collector & Dice Tray, DeepWars, Beasts of Balance, Jaipur iOS, Clank! Sunken Treasures Expansion, Isle of Monsters, Qwinto, Downforce, Century: Spice Road, Fistful of Lead - Reloaded, Watson & Holmes, and Zooloretto.

Toucan Play That Game:

Exit the Game Spoiler-Free Review

In this video you can find out my thoughts on Exit the Game by Thames and Kosmos.

Ascended Kings Preview

In this paid video you can find out about Ascended Kings by Incarnate Games.

theMCGuiRE review:

Stroop Card Game Review

theMCGuiRE review take a look at Stroop, and new game from Grand Gamer's Guild. In this game you are basically fighting the clock (other players) to outsmart your own mind as every card plays a trick it needs to handle. So get ready and strap in because in this fun and fast party game, you are going to have a blast with 2-4 players!!

Dog Might Games Component Collector and Dice Tray Review

theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Dogmight's brand new component collector and one of their very nice and custom dice trays. These guys are making some very cool gaming components and I have been impressed with the artistic style on their products.

Midwest Wargaming:

DeepWars Review

Today we’re going to take a look at Antimatter Games DeepWars, a 28mm miniature war game of underwater combat set in an alternate Earth in the 17th Century. I’d like to give a shout out to Eric over at Antimatter Games for sending us their game for us to take a look at.

Board Game Quest:

Beasts of Balance Review

In Beasts of Balance, players are trying to earn the most points by stacking creatures and other shapes onto a digitally connected platform (called a plinth in the game). As players stack items onto the plinth, the integrated app will reveal how the new shape interacts with the digital world. The goal of the game is to earn the most points, which is done by creating and caring for the animals you place.

Jaipur iOS Review

Merchants trading camels, spices, fabrics, and treasures is the subject of Jaipur. Players will aim to trade in sets of cards to gain points, hoping to use their trading ability with the market to force their opponent to take lesser value sets. Most victory points wins, and two out of three games wins a match.

Clank! Sunken Treasure Expansion Review

The main aspect that Sunken Treasures adds to Clank! is the danger of water. Each room or Crystal Cave can now be “flooded”, giving the space an extra bit of danger. Each turn that characters remain completely in water (moving only in flooded rooms/caves), they take one damage from suffocation. This is avoided by starting a turn or at some point moving to a non-flooded room.

In addition to the new board (double sided), the new cards, monsters, and market items interact with this concept. SCUBA gear (Sorcery Created Underwater Breathing Apparatus) dispels the perils of underwater travel making a stop at the market even more of a priority. SCUBA also aids in the speed of movement between particular flooded rooms.

Isle of Monsters Review

Players act as monster wranglers aiming to collect the right group of monsters to scare “the crowd” and their neighbors. Each monster is aligned with a type (earth, fire, water) and monsters can scare either from being the strongest or by having a type that scares another type (i.e. water scares fire). Each time a monster scares, it collects a certain amount of points. The player with the most points at the end wins.

Qwinto Review

In Qwinto, each player will attempt to complete as many numbers as possible on their score sheet to score points. There are three different colored rows and a die in each of those three colors. Depending on what die (or dice) is rolled limits the row that you can write the result into, but your results have to ascend from left to right and you can’t use a duplicate number in a row or column.

The game ends when a player has completed two rows or a player has rolled four failures and then the player with the most points wins.

Drive Thru Review:

Downforce Review

Intro (00:00); game overview (02:24); final thoughts and review (08:38)

Century: Spice Road Review

Intro (00:00); game overview (01:07); final thoughts and review (05:15)

Meeples & Miniatures:

Fistful of Lead - Reloaded Review

Fistful of Lead: Reloaded is a set of wargaming rules for ‘Gunfights in the Wild West’, published by Wiley Games. It was funded by a kickstarter project which was launched in November 2015, which had 132 backers and raised just over $8,000.


Watson & Holmes Review

Watson & Holmes is a competitive mystery game. Included are 13 scenarios, each providing a different story, set of locations, and solution.

The game is begun by reading the scenario introduction and the two or three questions that need answering. From there, players race to investigate characters, locations, and items to find the answers to those questions.

Zooloretto Review

In Zooloretto you are a zoo administrator working to grow and manage a wildlife park as efficiently as possible by collecting sets of animals without taking in ones that you have no room for.

The core “add or take” mechanism is the same principle used in the earlier published Coloretto. Indeed, today so many card game versions are produced from popular board games. Yet Schacht seemingly did the reverse (before the cool kids were doing it). His card game actually predates this board implementation, which adds additional moving parts.

To administer their parks, players collect sets of animals, kiosks and extra money as they come in by truck. On a turn, you must take one of three possible actions.