Apr 092014
 

pic1902092_t[1]Lewis & Clark is a game about the American Shopping Spirit.

Let me explain. In November 1830, Thomas Jefferson bought Louisiana from the French. Bonaparte probably thought it was too far to take the wife for a weekend stroll and I’m sure he had a war or two to fund, so the cash came in handy.

Anyway, Lewis & Clarke were the two explorers sent to find out exactly what the president had bought with his pocket money and this game is about re-creating what I’m sure was a pretty exciting and dangerous journey.

Of course, Ludonaute, being the careful sort of company it is, has chosen some truly stunning artwork.

But how about the rest? Are the components in this box worth the money you have to pay to get your hands on this game?

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Mar 132014
 

pic1778033_t[1]By Paco Garcia Jaen

Dig Mars was one of Michael Chamberlain’s finds at Spiel 2013. A Science Fiction boardgame in which the players mine for resources in Mars in order to build their commercial empire.

Performing different actions that will award Fortune Points, players control their diggers and reveal tiles to explore the surface of the mining world.

All that sounds well and proper, but how about the contents of this game? Have Brain Games done enough to warrant the price tag this game carries?

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Mar 112014
 

pic1111553_t[1]Dungeon Fighter was released by Cranio Creations in 2011 and it got a reputation for being fiendishly difficult but terrific fun.

With some very quirky artwork and the promise of giggles, it sets itself very firmly in the party game and “let’s just play for the giggles and not the depth” area. The giggles are accomplished by a mix of silly artwork and even sillier antics one has to get up to in order to roll the dice that will determine if you defeat th monster in the dungeon or not.

Trust me, rolling a dice onto a board from  under the table label and releasing the die from your nose… not easy!

So with all these promises, is this game actually worth the money you have to spend to get your hands on it?

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Mar 062014
 

pic1696460_t[1]Days of Wonder is always one to look out for when they release a game or an expansion. More often than not they get it right and they have the prowess to create some very decently produced games.

Relic Runners was a hot one at Spiel 2013 and I was fortunate enough to get a copy of it. The outside looks pretty stunning and it’s a heavy box, so I had high expectations of what’s inside.

In this game, the players run around the jungle pretending to be some Indiana Jones like archaeologist in pursuit of some unearthed relics and the paths in the board will take them to temples, but there are some obstacles in the way and a bit of thinking will be needed!

However, has Days of Wonder done it? Is this game worth the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands on it?

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Mar 052014
 

pic1727619_t[1]By Paco Garcia Jaen

I saw Quantum at Spiel 2013 and totally loved the looks of it. However I was busy and only had time to interview Philipe Nouhra, Funforge’s CEO and barely any time to take a proper look at the game.

Philippe was very kind, though and gave me a copy of the game so I could take a proper look at see what was inside the box.

There’s no doubt the cover of the box looks superb and I was sincerely hoping the insides would be just as good too.

So I delved into this box to find out of the money you have to pay to get your hands on it is worth it production wise.

This is what I found!

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Mar 042014
 

pic1528436_t[1]By Paco Garcia Jaen

Sci-Fi games are all the rage at the moment and Titanium Wars is Iello’s turn to have a stab at a very popular market.

Released in 2013, this game will have you trading for a rare and powerful commodity, Titanium in order to expand your technological horizons and increase your intake.

With strategy and diplomacy – which is to say negotiation – thrown into the mix, this game has the ingredients of being a worthy investment.

But are the contents of the box worth the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands of this box?

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