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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…

Unwon and Unwinnable Causes

Unwon and Unwinnable Causes

‘You talk of Scotland as a lost cause’, John Steinbeck once remarked to Jackie Kennedy.  ‘That is not true.  Scotland is an unwon cause’.  As a supporter of Scottish independence, I take those words to heart.   Here we are, shackled to a political state that is alarmingly self-destructive in its…

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.  …

Stay in your Lane

Stay In Your Lane

I think I’ve been consistently upfront with what I consider to be the biggest weakness of this site.  It’s included as a disclaimer at the bottom of every teardown, and it’s persistently the thing that makes me feel most uneasy about Meeple Like Us on a day to day basis. …

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…