All tagged Board Games

Review - Sagrada

Sagrada is a competitive puzzle game where players take on the role of artists trying to create stained glass windows in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. On their turns players draft and place different coloured dice on their personal player boards. Games of Sagrada are short and although there is a lot to the puzzle at the game’s heart, the rules are simple enough for anyone to play.

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.

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.

First Impressions - Barenpark

Barenpark is a polyomino tile placing game about building a bear park. Players take turns placing tiles, representing enclosures for different types of bears, food stands, paths, and toilets, in their park. These tiles will cover different symbols which will either allow players to take different tiles from a central board or expand their park. Each bear enclosure will give players points at the end of the game, and tiles are stacked so that tiles taken early are worth more points. In addition, one type of symbol allows players to choose a large, one of a kind, high scoring tile. Filling up an entire portion of you bear park will grant you a bear statue, which also gives more points to players who gain them early.