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Meeple Like Us is engaged in mapping out the accessibility landscape of board-games, providing comprehensive accessibility teardowns of popular titles. The intention is to build up a useful resource for those players that cannot simply take a game down from the shelf and assume it's playable. Check out our master list for progress to date. We post new reviews on a Wednesday, and new teardowns on a Saturday.

Forbidden Island Review

Forbidden Island (2010)

There’s a famous (ish) radio programme over here in Britain called Desert Island Discs.   It’s been a national institution for over seventy years and posits a simple question to its guests – if you were stranded as a castaway on an island somewhere, which eight albums would you take with…

Lords of Vegas review

Lords of Vegas (2010)

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to review a board game about being a gangster. I’ll be honest though, I didn’t expect a theme as glitzy and glamorous as running chains of a high-stake casino in the mob-riddled Vegas strip would come in such a thoroughly…

Love Letter (2012)

I don’t like Love Letter, and I’m not entirely convinced that’s not a failing on my part. How could I not experience moments of self-doubt in making a statement like that?  It’s love letter.   It’s a beautiful game adored by almost everyone.  There are sixteen cards and that’s it!   It’s so…

Codenames Pictures review

Codenames Pictures (2016)

We very recently reviewed Codenames for Meeple Like Us – if you’ve already read that review, you can skip through an awful lot of this post.  Here’s your one sentence review – Codename Pictures is exactly like Codenames, but with pictures.  This review then you should probably think of as…

Accepting Accessibility

Accepting Accessibility

There was recently a Facebook thread where someone complained about the lack of colour-blind sensitivity in a board-game.  The responses that followed were – unfortunate.  Ian Hamilton, ten year veteran of the battle for video game accessibility, had some interesting answers and gave me permission to reproduce his comment for a…

Codenames (2015)

Codenames is the staggeringly popular winner of 2016’s prestigious Spiel des Jahres.  It’s a game that has had such breath-taking success in such a short time that stores in America are already selling cash-in ‘adult’ versions for the Cards Against Humanity demographic.    It’s #6 on Shut Up and Sit Down’s…

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (1981)

There is a genuine thrill that comes from experiencing something that takes a beloved property and runs with it in an entirely different direction.  That thrill is even more electric when it confounds your own expectations.  Look at Stephen Moffat’s modern take on Sherlock, for example.  ‘Oh, it’s the Arthur…

Blood Bowl review

Blood Bowl (2016)

You can find our accessibility teardown of Blood Bowl here. As I ripped open the sealed bag containing the special dice for Blood Bowl, I applied just a tiny bit too much force and four of them ended up going flying across the room.  I went over to pick them…