Potion Explosion review


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Potion Explosion review

Potion Explosion (2015)

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 lest he make a remark so toxic that it curdled…

Arboretum review

Arboretum (2015)

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 reasonable person could reach.  A game about planting a…

One Deck Dungeon (2016)

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 which I entirely approve and completely disapprove depending on which hat…

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…

Barenpark review

Barenpark (2017)

There is an element of wish fulfilment that goes into playing games.   As a species, we like to invest our emotional energies into exploits that the real world either makes prohibitively difficult or equally prohibitively dangerous.   A few activities fall into both of these camps and I’d suggest ‘Bear Tetris’…

Karuba review

Karuba (2015)

Do you like archaeology?  You do? What about bingo?  You do?  That’s absolutely smashing because boy do I have a game that’s going to scratch all kinds of your itches in all kinds of your crevices!  Warning though, there is a non-zero chance that I will misspell this game as…

Mr Jack Pocket review

Mr Jack Pocket (2010)

I’ve reached the point in building my board-game collection where the size of a box is as much a factor in purchasing as the game itself.  That’s what led me to buy the diminutive Mr Jack Pocket – I had the urge to splurge and shelf space is at a…

Roll through the ages review

Roll Through The Ages (2008)

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve poured into the Civilization computer games over the years. When the mood takes me, I lose days – literal, actual days. Like – spans of twenty four hours. You know, the passage of time. I’m not taking metaphoric…

Jamaica review

Jamaica (2007)

Remember how in the Merchants and Marauders review I said I couldn’t be trusted to hold an appropriately dispassionate view on a game about pirates? That remains as true here as it was there. Any game that adds in swords and swashbuckling adventure starts off with a hefty…

Fungi (2012)

Are you a mycophiliac and sick of the fact that nobody in the tabletop gaming space seems to be catering to your appetite? Well, look no further! Here’s a game that will finally give you a chance to show off what a fungi you are! …