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Monopoly review

Monopoly (1933)

There was a surprisingly good response to our review of Scrabble – a review I said I’d never write because, come on, who really needs to hear anything anyone has to say about Scrabble at this point? I wrote it out of a kind of completionist compulsion. Scrabble had appeared…

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…

The Disrespectfulness of reporting play counts

Misleading with Play Counts

One of the topics that often bubbles up in the rotating ‘issue of the day’ conveyor belt of online discussion is that of reviewers and play counts – specifically, the question of whether reviewers should include these as part of their review content so as to let people decide how…

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…