Category: Review

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…

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…

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…

Blood Bowl review

Blood Bowl (2016)

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 up – each of them showed the ‘attacker down’…

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Review

One Night Ultimate Werewolf (2014)

One Night Ultimate Werewolf (ONUW) is a social deduction game that teaches you how fundamentally untrustworthy your friends and family can be. It’s a game of bald-faced lies, half-truths, and shrouded information. It’s whippet-quick – individual games last around five minutes. It’s also mercilessly intense –…

CV (2013)

Many years ago, I encountered a video game by the name of Alter Ego. It was the brainchild of Peter Favaro, a clinical psychologist who wrote his PhD dissertation on the relationship between computer games and mood. It wasn’t a particularly exciting game – the graphics, even for…

Takenoko Review

Takenoko (2011)

Let me tell you about a little game called Takenoko. It is a game much maligned, despite its relatively lofty position on the Board Game Geek rankings. Shut Up and Sit Down dismissed it as a nopener – a game so bad that it should be…

Kingdom Builder (2011)

There aren’t many names in the field of modern, designer board gaming that raise expectations quite like Donald X. Vaccarino. I mean, look at that name – it even has an X in it like he’s some kind of Marvel super villain. Vaccarino is the mastermind behind the…

7 Wonders: Duel (2015)

Do you like the idea of Splendor’s core game design, but really wish it had a mechanic where you could metaphorically punch your opponents right in their metaphorical dumb faces? Man, do I have a game for you! I’ve never played the original 7 Wonders, so I am…

Small World Review

Small World (2009)

I’m a huge fan of the Civilization games. Or at least, I’m a huge fan in theory. You probably wouldn’t have guessed it by how much I hated the vanilla game of Civilization V. That though was only because it was a betrayal greater in scale than…

Isle of Skye review

Isle of Skye (2015)

A few months ago, the board gaming community held its collective breath as it awaited the results of the Spiel des Jahres awards. If there were an Oscar for board games, the various Spiel des Jahres accolades would be our golden statue. It’s our Pulitzer, our Cannes, our…

Skull (2011)

If there were ever a box to make you think it opening it would inflict upon you a sinister Aztec curse, it’s the one for Skull. It’s appropriate that the visual design is so striking for this game – it has to be, really. You can make…

Dobble Review

Dobble (2009)

There is a condition called expressive aphasia which impacts on the language centres of the brain. It causes people to mix up the words they use, choose the wrong word for the wrong purpose, and put together the syllables of words in a way incongruous with experience and intention….

King of Tokyo (2011)

We had a ten year old boy in the house a few weeks ago. It’s okay, – it was with the full consent of his parents and I was supervised the whole time. I took the opportunity to try out a couple of games aimed at the…

Flash Point: Fire Rescue (2011)

If you ever saw the Doctor Who episode ‘The Empty Child’, you’d be forgiven for finding the cover of Flash Point just a little bit creepy. Flash Point is not a Matt Leacock game, but it definitely seems to have been spliced together from some of his DNA. …