Category: Reviews

Sea Shanties: Arrrgh you up for Playing a Game?

The Kanvas Seas are fierce. As the wind blows us onto our new heading, I fear what lies ahead. My crew is tough and ready to pillage and plunder at a moment’s notice, but there be pirates seeking to take my fortune away from me.We seek Gold, Iron, Grog and Food, but most important, we seek glory and to be…

The Whatnot Cabinet: A Kickstarter Preview

Game: The Whatnot Cabinet Publisher: Pencil First Games Designed by: Eduardo Baraf and Steve Finn Illustrated by: Beth Sobel Ages 8+ 2-4 players 30 minutes Remember when you were younger and would go outside? The fresh air was like a stirring to the soul, encouraging us to explore. Along the many paths we’d take there would be little trinkets. A smooth stone here, a…

Volcanic Isle: The Wife just used Fissures to Destroy My Village

Game: Volcanic Isle Publisher: Arcane Wonders, Pendragon Game Studio Designed by: Andrea Mainini, Luciano Sopranzetti Graphic Design by: Davide Corsi, Kris Aubin, Stephen S Gibson Ages 13+ 2-4 players 45 minutes Journal Entry: Day 1 “We have arrived at the island. We have decided to go our separate ways and find places to call home. This land is surrounded by volcanos and have left behind…

Funkoverse: As the Kool-Aid Man would say “OH YEAH!!!”

Game: Funkoverse Strategy Game (Batman, Harry Potter, Rick and Morty and Golden Girls) Publisher: Funko Games Designed by: Prospero Hall Ages 10+ 2-4 players (though it is possible to do with 6, and is a fun experience) 20-60 minutes Remember that time in the 80’s where the Kool-Aid Man and Rose from the Golden Girls battled to the death? You don’t? Would you…

Drawlab Entertainment’s Legendary Metal Coins Season 5: Preview

So we had the chance to look at the latest coins for the current Kickstarter for season five. Here are our thoughts: The coins have a nice weight and feel to them. They feel like you are holding a thick coin similar to a nickel. I am pleased with the quality of what I’ve seen and would recommend these for…

Exploding Kittens: This Place is About to Blow!

Game: Exploding Kittens Publisher: Exploding Kittens Designed by: Matt Inman, Elan Lee, Shane Small Illustrated by: The Oatmeal Ages 7+ 2-5 players, more with expansions and party version 15 minutes Kittens, Explosions and Cheetah Butt. Yes. I said Cheetah Butt. Exploding Kittens is a game that brought the art of The Oatmeal to life. In the game you are playing a game of…

Valley of the Vikings: Bowling for the Whole Family

Game: Valley of the Vikings Publisher: HABA Designed by: Marie and Wilfried Fort Illustrated by: Maximilian Meinzold Ages 6+ 2-4 players 15 minutes HABA provided a copy of the game for a review. Thank you to HABA for this opportunity. Shoe Rentals: $2.75 per person Bowling Alley Cost for one game: $5 per person Taking a family of five for two games of bowling:…

Lift-Off! Get me off this Planet!

Game: Lift Off! Get me off this Planet! Publisher: Pencil First Games, LLC Designed by: Eduardo Baraf Illustrated by: Dustin Foust, Sebastian Koziner, Keith Matejka and Helen Zhu Ages 13+ 1-6 players 45 minutes “The planet is getting hot, like totally critical. It was 62 degrees in Winter… yeah that is not winter. It’s getting hotter…” “How many rotations of the moon do…

One Night Ultimate Alien: Tipping Cows is Fun!

Game: One Night Ultimate Alien Publisher: Bezier Games Designers: Ted Alspach, Akihisa Okui Illustrated by: Gus Batts Ages 8+ 4-10 players 10 minutes “Are you kidding me? I’m the cow! Why on Earth are you all voting for me…Wait a minute. You all are aliens.” The laughter continued as time was up. “Three, Two, One, Vote!” We all flipped our…