Critic's Corner: Game Reviews

Board Game Reviews by Corey Whelen at Outset Media
*Not all games reviewed are distributed by Outset - we just like them!

Communication Breakdown: A Lost in Translation Review

by Corey Whelen
26 June 2019

4-44 Players, 20 Minutes, Low Complexity, Low Strategy, Ages 12+

When people think of board games, they usually imagine something pretty similar: a battle of luck and wits played out with things like cards, dice, and a whole bunch of rules. Sometimes, your games table is in the mood for something lighter and friendlier, a “party” game, good for a large group of casual players, something where having fun is the primary objective, and winning becomes less important the harder you laugh at your friends and their ridiculous antics. Sometimes, you need something like Lost in Translation.

Mini-Municipalities and Diminutive Dwellings: A Tiny Towns Review

by Corey Whelen
19 June 2019

1-6 Players, 40 Minute Play Time, Low Complexity, High Strategy, Ages 14+

Simple, small, and incredibly unforgiving, Peter McPherson’s Tiny Towns hides a surprisingly compelling game behind its cutesy, forest-animal façade.

Oh Sew Satisfying: A Patchwork Review

by Corey Whelen
12 June 2019
2 Players, 30 Minute Play Time, Medium Complexity, High Strategy, Ages 8+
 
While many board games work fine with just two players, few are designed with small player counts in mind. Sometimes, with just two players, those 4-hour games of Monopoly™ and Risk™ seem a lot less friendly and a lot more competitive.

Antics on the Ant Farm: An Ant Colony Review

by Corey Whelen
6 June 2019
1-6 Players, 30 Minute Play Time, Medium Complexity, Light Strategy, Ages 5+
 
Dig into the dirt! Tear up the terrain! Make a mess in the mud with your friends, but don’t forget, the colony is relying on you! It’s all-for-one and one-for-all in this crazy cooperative game! Ant Colony is the tile-placing game of choice for families of all ages!

Sea of Thieves: A Mystery Island Pirates Review

by Corey Whelen
24 May 2019

2-6 Players, 20 Minute Play Time, Low Complexity, Light Strategy, Ages 5+

The planks underfoot groan, and waves crashes across the bow. Your crew is at the ready and your heart full of adventure. Your opponents are fast, and just as fierce as you, but with a bit of luck, and the wind at your back, you’ll be the first to plunder the mysterious and legendary Treasure Island!!

Plumbing the Depths: A Catacombs of Karak Review

by Corey Whelen
13 May 2019
2-5 Players, 45 Minute Play Time, Medium Complexity, Medium Strategy, Ages 7+
 
Will you be a powerful wizard, seeking an ancient artifact with the power to end the world? A skilled swordsman searching for a fabled ruby to win the heart of his true love? Or a clever thief with a troubled past, a penchant for gold, and a thirst for vengeance?

Magic Mazes: A Keys to the Castle Review

by Corey Whelen
May 10, 2019

2-4 Players, 15 Minute Play Time, Low Complexity, Light Strategy, Ages 8+

Mazes! Mazes have fascinated humans for thousands of years. Something about getting lost and finding yourself is adjacent to the human experience, and, as a result, we have mazes made from stone, turf, hedges, corn, and even a Labyrinth with David Bowie!

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