Board Game Reviews

Game Review: Help Design a City in “Barcelona”

Game Review: Help Design a City in “Barcelona”

If you've never thought about the history of big cities you might be surprised just how many were designed for maximum density rather than livability, with narrow cobblestone streets just wide enough for a donkey cart rather than two lanes of vehicles plus parked cars...

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Game Review: Rescue the Llamas before “Llamagedón”

Game Review: Rescue the Llamas before “Llamagedón”

You might be part of a peaceful llama herd but that's not enough to save you. Your prescient llama pal Esmerelda has seen the future and it's bleak: There's a meteor shower hurling towards your corner of the meadow and if you and your llama friends don't whip up some...

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Game Review: Can You Escape the “Mayan Curse”?

Game Review: Can You Escape the “Mayan Curse”?

You're part of a team of archeologists who have discovered a secret temple deep in the El Salvadorian jungle. Getting there's tough enough, but once you arrive, you realize that you're going to have to carefully traverse long passages of stone slabs, lining up the...

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Game Review: Speed Mining with “Mine Your Business”

Game Review: Speed Mining with “Mine Your Business”

It's tough being a gnome nowadays. Every mine has a dozen claims and the OG gnomes who already have a stake in the ground tend to be very possessive of their gem and mineral rights. Except one gnome who has thrown down the gauntlet: Whoever can mine the most gems in...

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Game Review: Clean Power-Ups with “Power Advance”

Game Review: Clean Power-Ups with “Power Advance”

Our world runs on electricity, whether it's powering the lightbulbs that let you enjoy nighttime activities, the machines in a factory making tractors so we can eat, or any of a million other uses for this lifeblood of our modern era. Electricity has to come from...

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Game Review: Casual Card Combat with “Tic Tac Slash”

Game Review: Casual Card Combat with “Tic Tac Slash”

Three-in-a-row games date back to ancient Egypt with the earliest boards dating back to 1300 BCE. Three millennia later, have we figured out how to take a fundamentally simple game and make it complex? Yes, yes we have. Tic-tac-toe still has the benefit of requiring...

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Game Review: Spooky Solo Poker with “Lock & Spell”

Game Review: Spooky Solo Poker with “Lock & Spell”

Poker is probably one of the most popular card games in the world. With its straightforward play, simple betting, and standardized - and very inexpensive - decks of playing cards, it's a solid option for people who want to have a game without table-size boards and...

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Game Review: Save the Planet in “One Earth”

Game Review: Save the Planet in “One Earth”

Our planet is facing unprecedented changes in climate and while many of us are seeking to do what we can to help mitigate the crisis, others are plowing ahead with their industrial efforts, convinced that it's all cyclic and the Earth will heal itself. But we can't...

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Game Review: Construct your “Hideous Abomination”

Game Review: Construct your “Hideous Abomination”

To Mrs. Saville, England, Dec. 11th, 17--: You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. Yes, we have managed to create a spot for you in the Global Abomination...

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Game Review: It’s Mano-a-Mano with “Kapow!”

Game Review: It’s Mano-a-Mano with “Kapow!”

Let's face it, most competitive games come down to combat in one form or another. Whether it's troops moving into your territory, aliens vying for prime planets, or animals battling over the best den in the meadow, there's something fundamentally satisfying about...

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Game Review: “Ransom War” Card Game is Simple Fun

Game Review: “Ransom War” Card Game is Simple Fun

One of the marvelous things about a 52-card, 4-suit deck of playing cards is just how many different games you can play. From the complex to the rudimentary, there are card games for all skill levels. Some are so simple, however, that the entire game relies on the...

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