Nightmare Forest: Alien Invasion Game Review (prepublished version)

The forest that surrounds the City has been a secret battleground for the lives and welfare of the City’s occupants. You and a few other brave individuals have self-appointed yourself as defenders of the City and took it upon yourself to patrol the forest for any dangers. After defeating undead animals with a penchant for human flesh, you thought all would be quiet. You thought wrong. Strange lights are seen in they sky and the forest is once again a place of danger. Continue reading

NHL Ice Breaker Game Review

Hockey is a game of speed, power, and finesse. Players zoom across the ice, smack into each other like bulldozers, and can turn with a flourish. Watching from the stands is just as exciting. Every movement could be a breakaway or a complete breakdown of sportsmanship as players trade blows with fists. Hockey feels like a gladiatorial arena and ignites the cold air. In this game, you’ll have a chance to relive some of those fantastic and exciting moments, but please do not punch your opponent. Continue reading

Luminous Ages Game Review (prepublished version)

The world of Dreams is a place of wonder and horror. It’s there that anything is possible and nothing is off-limits. Inspiration can be found and hopelessness, too. For those mages who know how to tap into its energy, the dreaming world is theirs to control. But such power comes at great cost and such a resource is eagerly sought after by many. The power can be yours, if you are strong enough to hold it. Continue reading

HoliMaths X Game Review (prepublished version)

Math is one of those things that some children dread or hate. Both are strong negative feelings and unfortunate. Math is all around us and understanding it is the first step to mastering it. And what is the best way to learn anything? By playing games, of course. Continue reading

Bad Karma Game Review

The actions we take either further our own goals or the goals of others. Some believe the more we give, the more we will receive in this world and the next. Karma is like a celestial accountant, keeping track of all that we do and writing little tick marks in various columns. In this game, you are doing all you can to cook the celestial accounting books to balance in your favor. Continue reading

Dr. Eureka Game Review

Emmy-nominated host of the television show Brain Games, Jason Silva, said “Creativity and insight almost always involve an experience of acute pattern recognition: the eureka moment in which we perceive the interconnection between disparate concepts or ideas to reveal something new.” In this game, creativity must be pushed by the need to shout EUREKA first! Continue reading

Tradewars: Homeworld Game Review

We have mapped the universe and know two things. First, it’s vast. Second, it’s mostly empty, but not devoid of life. Resources can only be found on certain planets and a race’s homeworld is more akin to a lifeboat than a throne. Survival is dependent on how hard you make it for others to kill you. Continue reading

March of the Ants: Minions of the Meadow Game Expansion Review (prepublished version)

English nature writer, Richard Jefferies, wrote “It would seem that the ant works its way tentatively, and, observing where it fails, tries another place and succeeds.” Ants are industrious and tenacious, never losing site of their goals. With this expansion, players are given additional opportunities and pathways to explore, but also new dangers to avoid. Nothing comes easy in the world of ants. Continue reading

March of the Ants Game Review

American author, poet, and many other things, Henry David Thoreau, said “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” Which is to say, work for the sake of work is meaningless without a goal. In this game, players will put their ants to work and there is much to keep them busy, but victory will go to the player who has a plan. Continue reading

Ghostbusters: The Board Game Review

Some believe that ghosts exist, while many others remain skeptical. Still, few of us will venture into an abandoned house or graveyard at night. What are we afraid of? In 1984, four scientists decided to capture our fears once and for all, but there was one unforeseen problem. Once you capture ghosts and fears in a box, many more manifest to take its place. Continue reading

Horrible Hex Game Review

One of the joys of playing games against opponents sitting across from you is attempting to figure out what they are thinking. If you can, you know what moves to make and how to win. In this game, what your opponent wants is clearly in front of you. What is not clear is how they will attempt to claim their prize or how you can avoid helping them win the game. Continue reading

The Goonies: Adventure Card Game (prepublished version)

The Goonies is a movie I remember fondly from my childhood. I have watched it many times throughout the years and have shared it with my kids, too. The movie captures the wonder, excitement, and danger of being a child…with pirates…and crooks. Will the game? Let’s find out. Continue reading