Game Rewind – July 2015

Posted on by Jesta

A look back at games I played for the first time in July 2015.

An average month.

Chaosmos

Chaosmos First Play

Spy v Spy the computer game, as a board game.

You going around a board finding and hiding the Egg you’re all looking for on planets while leaving traps for the other players looking for it.

I like the idea of it, I wasn’t so happy with the execution though and the fast paced game I played on the Commodore Amiga worked better.

Result: Would like to see a lighter, smoother, quicker twist on this type of game.

Timeline

Timeline First Play

A very fun ‘educational’ game where you have to slot cards from your hand into a Timeline in the right place to get rid of your hand. Get it wrong and you draw a card.

I put Educational in quotes as we played a Pop Culture version, not an historical one. I won our games through having 1 card that I knew the exact year for so I was able to save it till last. (Star Wars Episode 4 came out the year I was born :))

Result: Would play again, with people who haven’t memorised the cards.

Cthulhu Wars

Cthulhu Wars First Play

A very good game, similar to Chaos in the Old World where you stomp Gigantic ‘Minis’ around a board to score points and kill things.

But, I HATE those models, to me they look oversized ‘toy like’ and the bright colours kill the theme…

Result: Would play again, but still dislike those toy things.

The Voyages of Marco Polo

The Voyages of Marco Polo First Play

The Voyages of Marco Polo Box

Great dice placement game where you’re using your dice to gather resources and travel around Asia. While travelling, you’re building huts and creating routes to fulfil route cards you have drawn.

You have contracts to fulfil with your resources which you also need to use to travel so you can’t do everything, you just have to do what you can do, and better than the other players.

It has a great balancing mechanism with the dice so bad rolls don’t mess you around too much.

Also, the player powers are amazing.

Result: Will happily play again but not tempted to own.

Mississippi Queen

Mississippi Queen First Play

An interesting racing game where you’re moving steam ships down a river, picking up passengers and racing to the end.

There is an interesting system where you use your fuel to increase/decrease speed and turn, but you only have 6 fuel to use all game… It’s not a short race 🙂

Result: Good game, would like to see something similar updated to 2016.

Pingo Pingo

Pingo Pingo First Play

Unique game played to a sound track of flipping cards and doing things.

Some cards are treasure and you need to play ‘snap’ to claim it. But some cards refer to night or day and you have to be in that period of the day (noted by the tone of the music) to claim it.

Other cards have you doing goofy things like running from one end of the room to the other to touch a card or shooting a target with a dart gun..

Result: Silly fun, and the only game I had to turn down playing through injury 🙂

Space Alert

Space Alert First Play

Interesting programming game where you’re moving around a ship fixing problems. Again, this is played to a sound track and game actions are controlled by sound effects.

You have to put action cards face down on your board in the right order and coordinate as a team to make sure you’re all doing what you need to at the right time. This could involve 2 people moving to 2 different guns and firing at the same time to hit a target and blow it up.

Don’t forget to wiggle the mouse to stop the screensaver coming up 🙂

Result: Tough game but good fun, would play more.

Tigris & Euphrates

Tigris & Euphrates First Play

A very good Knizia game of building paths and playing bits on a board.

I can’t explain it, and I don’t remember it that well but I know I enjoyed the mechanisms and the component quality was great.

It’s a bit of a route building/war game where you can break up your opponents routes, denying them points.

Result: A Knizia win and one I need to play 2-3 more times.

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