Category: Board Game Review

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. …

Telestrations (2009)

What is the thing you enjoy least about tabletop gaming?  No, not the cost.  No, not the logistics of getting people together of evening.  No, not the fact every time you mention it people look at you like you’ve revealed some dark and twisted sexual kink.  God, stop it –…

Tides of Madness (2016)

Do you like the idea of Sushi Go but find it a little too twee?  Does the idea of drafting a delicious meal leave you feeling emotionally malnourished?    Do you still have a bit of room for Lovecraft in your already-diet?   In the buffet of franchises that have been aggressively…

Dungeon Petz review

Dungeon Petz (2011)

Time is the only truly irreplaceable thing we possess.  We hold it briefly in our hands and never really appreciate its value until it begins to run out.   Some people look for reasons to kill time.  I look for reasons to not spend it.   We do a game a week…

7 Wonders review

7 Wonders (2010)

7 Wonders doesn’t really feel like a game that has aged well.   It feels clunky and over-engineered.  For all the speed of play it comes across as somewhat sluggish.   It’s got a set of intuitive rules anyone can pick up but hides all the actual complication in the end-of-game scoring. …

Welcome To… (2018)

Welcome To is a pleasant game and that’s really all there is to it.   It’s not particularly clever.  It’s not particularly exciting.  It’s completely inoffensive and you’d have no real justifiable complaints as a consequence of playing.   ‘That was a pleasant way to spend twenty minutes’ you’d say and then…

Friday review

Friday (2011)

There’s something about Friday that just rubs me up the wrong way.   I think it might be the art.  It’s certainly better than anything I myself could draw, but it just has a lazy and half-hearted aesthetic that makes me feel nobody cares about the way the game comes together. …

Flamme Rouge review

Flamme Rouge (2016)

If you ever wanted a game that combined the design ethos of Candyland with all the excitement of queueing while sitting atop a bicycle, then today is your lucky day.  We’re talking about Flamme Rouge.  It’s gets better than that too because you also get to mix the unbearable smugness…

Oh My Goods! (2015)

Modern society is built on the idea of successive chains of refinement.  Seeds are planted into soil, and then grow into wheat.  Wheat is farmed from fields, and refined into corn.   I think.  I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve ever stepped onto a farm in my life.  Corn becomes…