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Avoca-GO! A Guacamole Review

by Corey Whelen
17 July 2019
2-4 Players, 30 Minutes, Low Complexity, Low Strategy, Ages 6+
 

You’ve got the freshest veggies, the specialty spices, and a handful of recipes, but you also have hungry customers, desperate for an avocado-based dip. It’s time to prove yourself as the best (or at least, the most efficient) chef in town, because Guacamole brings a whole new meaning to fast food.

 

Samurai Showdown: A Sixteen Samurai Review

by Corey Whelen
10 July 2019

2-4 Players, 20 Minutes, Medium Complexity, Medium Strategy, Ages 8+

Loosely inspired by the work of legendary director Akira Kurosawa, Sixteen Samurai is a game of epic combat played out across a series of rapid-fire rounds. Blades will ring, heroes will fall, dice will roll, and at the end, the winner will be the last samurai clan left standing!

Qwirky, Qwick, and oh so Qool: A Qwirkle Review

by Corey Whelen
4 July 2019

2-4 Players, 30 Minutes, Low Complexity, High Strategy, Ages 6+

Abstract games tend to get overlooked compared to their flashier, more thematic cousins, but Qwirkle’s simple tile-laying gameplay is like slipping into a warm bath after a long day. It’s a classic, and rightfully so: Qwirkle draws upon games like Rummy and dominos for inspiration, and the result is charming, unique, and deeply strategic despite its simplicity.

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.

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