Barenpark review

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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! …

Colt Express review

Colt Express (2014)

Well howdy there pard’ner! Glad to see you made it safely here. The train’s jus’ about to leave the station, and ah reckon you’d best get a wiggle on if’n you want to be on board. What’s that, now? Bandits? Well, I can’t recollect ever…

Hanabi review

Hanabi (2010)

Hanabi is a game that belongs in the collections of game designers the world over. Not because it’s fun, because it isn’t. Instead, Hanabi is a cautionary tale in the dangers of believing innovative design by itself is sufficient to make a game worth playing. Hanabi…

Village review

Village (2011)

There’s something very sinister going in the village of Little Meepleton-on-the-Hex. There’s a darkness that infests everything. Nothing is as it seems – from a distance it looks like a picture of bucolic meditation. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find much to alarm you….

Welcome to the Dungeon review

Welcome to the Dungeon (2013)

Welcome to the Dungeon reminds me an awful lot of ‘name that tune’. For those of you too young to get the reference this was a pleasingly mediocre game show popular in the 80s in the grimmest days of Thatcher’s Britain when we had precious few things about…

Mysterium review

Mysterium (2015)

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then…

Star Trek: Frontiers (2016)

‘Riker, open a hailing frequency to the Romulan warbird. Mr Data, full power to shields. Mr La Forge, I’m going to need you to… wait, hang on. I’ve miscounted. Sorry, belay that. Everyone back to where they started. Sorry, I’ve got this now….

Cube Quest review

Cube Quest (2013)

You know all those fancy gaming tables that the most dedicated of board-gamers have? The ones that are the cost of a small car and the size of a horse’s coffin? I always wondered why they had a recessed playing area – it seemed uncomfortable and awkward, like…

Seasons review

Seasons (2012)

Wizard battles in many settings are like stereotypical gunfights in the old west – a moment’s twitch of the fingers, a flare of fire and smoke and pain, and a dead body on the ground. In games such as Dungeons and Dragons, the casting time of incantation…

Imperial Settlers review

Imperial Settlers (2014)

Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first. Imperial Settlers is a beautiful game. It is replete with the most adorable art, and the most invitingly charming aesthetic. Don’t be fooled though. Despite its appearance, Imperial Settlers is a game that has all the…

Hive review

Hive (2001)

Putting my cards (tiles) on the table early, I’m going to say I don’t like Hive. I’m also going to say it’s not really the fault of the game. I’ve seen more than enough supporting evidence that shows this is a rich experience with endless strategic and…