Review - Jaipur

Jaipur is a 2-player card game in which players compete to become the Maharaja’s personal trader by proving that they are the best merchant in Jaipur. Players take turns trading goods and camels in a shared market, aiming to sell the goods for rupees (which just act as victory points). Selling multiples of a single good gives bonus rupees and goods are worth less rupees the more of them that have been previously sold. The game comes in a small box and plays quickly so it can be played anywhere with a small table.

Review - Railroad Ink

Railroad Ink is a roll and write game about building road and rail networks. Two versions of the game are available for purchase, each with two sets of “expansion” dice to change the gameplay. The Deep Blue Edition add lakes and rivers to the game while the Blazing Red Edition adds volcanoes and meteors. The game plays with one to six players with one copy of the game or up to twelve if you have both the Blazing Red Edition and the Deep Blue Edition. This review is for both editions of the game.

Review - Sushi Go Party!

Sushi Go Party! is the 2016 expanded version of 2013’s Sushi Go!. Sushi Go Party! is a simple card drafting game for two to eight players. Players try to build the best sushi meal possible from a customisable menu of sushi cards which are passed around the table as if on a conveyor belt at a Kaiten-zushi restaurant. The game is played over three rounds, with scoring happening at the end of each round.

First Impressions - Reef

Reef is a 2-4 player game where players build coral reefs. The aim of the game (like most games) is to score the most points. This is done by placing coral pieces on player boards representing reefs to fulfill patterns on cards that the players obtain. These cards also give players new pieces of coral to place in their reefs. On a player’s turn they can do one of two actions. They can either take a card from the three cards shown (or the top card of the deck at a cost of one victory point) or they can play a card from their hand, gaining the pieces of coral indicated, placing them on their player board, and then scoring points for completing the scoring conditions at the bottom of each card.

Review - Chronicles of Crime

This is a spoiler free review. All photos are taken of randomised game set-ups that are indicative of what you might see in a game. Chronicles of Crime is an investigation game where players take on the roles of detectives solving a variety of crimes in modern day London. The game makes use of a mobile phone app and QR codes on the physical game components to allow players to interact with people, clues, and locations. The app also allows crime scenes to be investigated and investigations to react dynamically to player actions.