Category: Full Reviews

Kobiyashi Maru in the Jungle

The Lost Expedition is a game by Peer Sylvester, published by Osprey Games. It is, hypothetically, a game that scales from one to five and includes a co-op and head-to-head version. In reality, it is a solitaire game where you will lose. If losing makes you angry, just go away now. The review is over.

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A Knife Fight in a Diamond Mine

plendor, the engine-building game by Marc André, is the epitome of a slow burn. Set in the Renaissance, the game envisions you as a jewel merchant collecting rare gems to purchase businesses, land, or transportation while you seek to impress the nobles who may sponsor you or your competition. Fail and you’re doomed to a life with cheap plonk.

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Expancity: The Human Zoo

Expancity is a city-building game where you lay down tiles and then construct towers out of plastic cubes to score points. SimCity meets Suburbia, right? Wrong. If boardgames had a 23andme.com, the test results would come back with Carcassonne leading the way. Hold that in your pre-frontal cortex as I lay out the game.

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Kingdomino

Kingdomino, the 2017 Spiel des Jahres winner6 from superstar developer Bruno Cathala2 pits you against 1-3 other potential kings to build a kingdom by laying tiles made of forests, plains, fields mountains, deserts, and oceans.  The catch?  Taking a page from dominos, tiles laid after your first must match a terrain that you’ve already played.  And you’re constrained to a small square grid to accomplish your task.

Sound simple?  Well, it’s not!  You’ll be faced with tradeoffs galore in your battle to have the most beautiful kingdom.

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Flamme Rouge

The Tour de France – hold the spandex, the bike crashes, and the doping.3

Flamme Rouge was one of the hot games of 2016-17 and continues to be a mainstay. At SHUX this last October, it was a show star with too many people trying to play whenever it was available.

So what separates it from every other game out there? I mean, I think that there’s more likely to be elves than bike racers at the average gaming convention.

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