Coup review


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Coup review

Coup (2012)

If the Highlander series had been set in a future run by plutocratic civil servants, Coup is the game that would likely have been made in its honour.   It’s a tiny box consisting of fifteen cards and a stack of money – it leverages those sparse components into a bloodthirsty…

Innovation review

Innovation (2010)

I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog my deep, abiding and borderline lustful appreciation of the Sid Meier’s Civilization series of games.   I can invest meaningful hours – days, even – carefully sculpting my empire from psychopathic stone-age marauders to psychopathic information age nuclear vandals.   Much of that comes from the…

Tiny Epic Galaxies

Tiny Epic Galaxies (2015)

At this point, the ‘Tiny Epic’ series of games is an honest to goodness branding juggernaut.  It’s a range of diminutive containers filled with big games with bigger ideas that span everything from epic fantasy adventures to Old West frontier town management.      The mechanics range from tower defence to poker-based…

Blank (2017)

How on Earth do you review a game like Blank?   Everything about it denies any kind of toe-hold for the anxious reviewer – no crack or crevice within which to a dig an inquisitive finger or a steadying crampon.   It’s all shiny and new and full of proffered possibilities.  What…

Catan (1995)

This is an awkward review to write.  On the one hand Catan is a well-designed title beloved by millions – one of the few modern designer board-games that can claim genuine fame outside of an ultra-niche demographic of ultra-niche nerds.    If you say to most normal people that you are…

Wibbell++ Review

Wibbell++ (2017)

A review copy of Wibbell++ was provided by Behrooz Shahriari in exchange for a fair and honest review. It’s not quite as clear-cut as the star rating may imply! Wibbell++ presents me with something of a conundrum when it comes to a review and the teardown to follow.  It’s not…

Yamatai Review

Yamatai (2017)

We also have an accessibility teardown of Yamatai available. Every time I set up and play Yamatai I am struck again by just how bloody lovely every single part of it is.  This is a game that is much participatory art project as it is an exercise in play –…

Five Tribes review

Five Tribes (2014)

Right everyone, I need you to listen here.  This is going to be a rough review.  I’m going to be unironically saying things like ‘table presence’ (urgh), ‘analysis paralysis’ (urgh, urgh) and ‘mancala mechanisms’ (ur… uh?).   I’m going to be talking about this game in a way that makes it…

Potion Explosion review

Potion Explosion (2015)

We also have an accessibility teardown of Potion Explosion available. When I think back to my time at Hogwarts, my recollection of Potions was a somewhat different experience to how it’s presented in Potion Explosion.  It was less about unconstrained play and more about trying not to catch Snape’s eye…

Arboretum review

Arboretum (2015)

We also have an accessibility teardown of Arboretum available. Arboretum doesn’t look like it, but this is a game about when the Ents go to war.   Arboretum is a scorched-earth battleground set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  It doesn’t say it anywhere, but that’s the only conclusion a…

One Deck Dungeon (2016)

We also have an accessibility teardown of One Deck Dungeon available. Oooh, One Deck Dungeon was an unexpected treat.   I bought it mostly on a whim largely because I wanted to talk about its approach to inclusion in the art.  It’s an all woman cast which is simultaneously something of…

Tokaido review

Tokaido (2012)

Tokaido is perhaps the most British game I’ve ever played and that might be surprising given how every element oozes Japanese aesthetics.  It is a gorgeous, sumptuous feast for the eyes that combines elegant minimalism with evocative art.   You take on the role of a traveler following the eponymous Tokaido…

Arkham Horror: The Card Game Review

Arkham Horror: The Card Game (2016)

At this point in the muggy Scottish summer of 2017 I think under most circumstances I’d rather be killed by raging cultists of the King in Yellow than play another Lovecraft inspired game.

Once upon a time Lovecraft and all his weirdly specific public racisms were what literate horror fans used…

Rock, Paper, Wizard review

Rock, Paper, Wizard (2016)

I’ve spent a lot of time imagining myself as a wizard.  Like… a lot of time.  More time than a grown man should ever invest in the pursuit.  Every time I walk up to an automatic door with a pen in my hand I point it and say ‘Alohamora’.    Usually…

NMBR 9 Review

NMBR 9 (2017)

We also have an accessibility teardown of NMBR 9 available. If Barenpark is Bear Tetris, then NMBR 9 is Tetris Bingo.   It’s a spectacularly straightforward game – one that even I’m going to find difficult to stretch out into our trademark patent pending Meeple Like Us format.   Oh yes, we…

Santorini review

Santorini (2016)

How Santorini made its way into my collection is kind of an interesting story, except that it’s not interesting and barely counts as a story.  I’d been eyeing it up on various online retailers for several months, watching the price erratically fluctuate from ‘too expensive’ to ‘way too damn expensive’…

Quadropolis review

Quadropolis (2016)

I’ve made it no secret in the past that I absolutely love Suburbia despite it having all the visual appeal of a charted accountant’s wastepaper bin.  The grim, austere graphical design and the furious calculation that goes into every move make it a difficult sell to non-gamers though.  The game…

New York Slice review

New York Slice (2017)

I expected not to like this game when it was first put in front of me.   We got to play a few games on what I have come to think of as ‘The Stressful Saturday’ of the UK Games Expo.   The Bezier Games table was a quiet refuge in a…

Kingdomino review

Kingdomino (2016)

Kingdomino was one of the games we got try out at the UK Games Expo 2017.  Recently announced as a nominee for the Spiel des Jahres we sat down and gave it a try without having any particularly strong expectations.     In our experience, games selected for consideration in that award…