Perudo review

Category: Board Game Review

Perudo review

Perudo (1800)

I’m going to do something a little unusual today.   I’m going to review a game you can probably make for yourself right now if you have a few spare dice laying around.  If you’re reading this review I’m willing to bet you’re exactly the kind of cheeky scamp that certainly…

Tigris and Euphrates review

Tigris and Euphrates (1997)

One of the difficulties a game must address is that of abstraction.  All games are abstractions in the end – some imprecise mapping of reality to representation.   The fidelity of that representation is important – it has to be at the level people are expecting for the experience they are…

Secrets (2017)

Secrets makes a good first impression, on several levels.   For one thing, the box art is very striking – bright, bold colours with an effective, cartoonish graphic style that evokes some of the light-hearted Cold War paranoia of 80s television shows.   For another, it’s a game by Bruno Faidutti and…

Scythe (2016)

’ll say this about Scythe – it doesn’t shy away from making a flamboyant entrance into your life. While there is nothing ostentatious or brash about the box, it has what is perhaps the most enticing cover art I’ve seen in any game. Anachronistic and yet coherent. Ambitious yet grounded….

Assembly review

Assembly (2018)

I’ve said before that one of the things I like most in a game is when its packaging is appropriately scaled for its contents, and Assembly is a dream in that respect.   It’s odd, but it always puts me in a positive frame of mind to know the majority of…

Samurai review

Samurai (1998)

There’s a sparseness to the design of Samurai that is typical of Reiner Knizia games – a mathematically inspired elegance in a game that wears its theme as lightly as an easily discarded cloak.  It purports to be a game of feudal conquest – of bringing a recalcitrant Japan to…

Mint Works (2017)

The thing that I like about mint tin games is that they tend to pack a lot of ambition into those tiny containers.   As gimmicky as the whole concept is, I’ve been impressed over the years by a number of the titles that have sought to miniaturise complex components into…

Kamisado (2008)

Kamisado is the game you’d get if a military R&D department cross-bred Chess and Curling with the intention of weaponising the Stroop effect.   It’s a marvelously simple game of moving pieces with the sole intention of getting one of your chunky ‘dragon towers’ onto your opponent’s front lawn.   You pick…

News @ 11 Review

News @ 11 (2015)

Hello there, and welcome to Meeple Like Us Radio – the radio channel for meeple… like you!  I’m your friendly local anchor, Bobby Massive, and I’d like to thank you for tuning in.    We have a very exciting programme for you today, and one by one I’d like to introduce…

Queendomino (2017)

It would be a good idea to check out our review of Kingdomino before you settle down into this review of this.  Queendomino is simultaneously a younger and bigger sibling – brought into the world more recently but still possessed of a size and stature that dwarfs the older scion.  …

Wits and Wagers Family

Wits & Wagers Family (2010)

I have a kind of seething resentment for the enduring affection people have for of trivia in popular culture.   The popularity of trivia games and game shows seems like a constant rejection of the true importance of knowledge.  It’s a focus on the inconsequential and memetic rather than on anything…

Decrypto review

Decrypto (2018)

It’s sometimes said that St James Park in London is so rife with spies meeting other spies that even the ducks around the Tin and Stone Bridge quack in code.    While that’s almost certainly not true unless everyone is working from a uniquely monosyllabic decryption table, it’s certainly something with…

Iota review

Iota (2012)

Iota comes in an absolutely tiny tin – a tin of the size you might more realistically expect to contain paracetamol or the large-print version of the positive case for Brexit.    Let me tell you though, pain-relief is exactly the entirely opposite frame of reference you need.  What’s inside is…

Dropmix review

Dropmix (2017)

I’m going to say right up front that I don’t think you should run out and buy Dropmix.     Not at the £120 RRP price point at which it was released.  It’s not really much of a game, even though it purports to be one.  Dropmix is more of a toy…

Scrabble review

Scrabble (1948)

The camera pans over a worn but well-maintained class-room.  Wood paneled walls draw the eye and upon these are hung various posters and swish infographics.  You can see the frequency chart for English on one wall, with a graph of the evolution of the Arabic lettering system hanging beside it. …