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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…