Archive for the 'Luck and Betting Games' Category

Raiding Parties – if only we knew the rules

Another day, another pirate game.  Since the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies debuted, pirates have become bigger and bigger business.  Maybe not on par with zombies, but still large enough to encourage hundreds of game designers to produce games about them.  Why, just off the top of my head I can come up with a half […]

Ranking – a structured, bluffing, Apples to Apples.

When I probed my players further they described the game as “A more structured Apples to Apples”, which is a unique look at the game.

The Blood-Red Banner: The Alamo – Disappointing, all around

Between the confusing rules, the high price tag compared to the cheap components, and the poor game play I think it goes without saying that I really can’t recommend this game.

Hot Potato – a beginners “Hex Hex”

I opened the clam shell packaging and dug out the rules, after only a couple of minutes I declared to my players “It’s just Hex Hex”.

A Fistful of Penguins – a cute fuzzy Farkle like game

The theme is cute, my players really loved the little penguin tokens, and the game play is solid.

Claim It – a more strategic “press your luck” game.

If you are part of a group that likes “press your luck” games, but you like a little more strategy, this one is a great compromise.

Flapjacks and Sasquatches: avoid Sasquatch lovin’!

I ran across this game on kickstarter a couple of months back, and I was intrigued by it’s silly premise.

Get Bit! – Similar to “Worm Up”, But With Carnage

My group of adults were so-so on the game. It was entertaining, for a while, but it wasn’t a smash hit. The game is pretty simplistic, so it doesn’t hold a ton of interest with “hard core” gamers.

Spam: The Dice Game!

If you have a spam lover in the family, or a crazy uncle you don’t know quite what to buy for, this could make an entertaining little gag gift.

Square Shooters: Not Much of a Game, but a Nice Component.

One of my business partners scored us a demo copy of this “game” to test and review during the Origins game fair.  They brought it back to our booth where we were working and that night we gave it a try. I guess it would help to first explain what it was that I was expecting. […]