Undermine Game Review

Garden Gnomes have long since been a staple for those who enjoy making their garden a whimsical place. During the day, they bring joy to those who find them under bushes and trees. At night, however, these same gnomes come alive and go underground to find precious gems and rare mushrooms. They dig deep and fast as they only have the time afforded them at night to toil for riches. In this game, you must help your gnomes find the best path to collect as much wealth as possible. It’s dirty work, but some gnome has to do it. Continue reading

Marvel Dice Throne: Scarlet Witch v. Thor v. Loki v. Spider-Man Game Review

We live in a golden age of comic book heroes! There are movies and TV shows, cartoons and comic books, video games, and board games available to us to dive deeper into our superhero love. The Dice Throne line of games makes its debut entry into the exciting world of Marvel heroes by pitting four well-known characters into a battle royal. While each is a powerhouse on their own, able to tackle most foes easily, it’s a different outcome each time these superheroes (and villains) combat one another. If anything is certain, nothing is certain until the very last dice is rolled. Continue reading

Pocket Spades Game Review

Card games continue to be not only one of the first games we are taught as a child (who here hasn’t played War, Old Maid, or Slap Jack?), and a constant in our society regardless if you are a casual player of game enthusiast. It’s little wonder that we continue to return again and again to our oldest games and dust them off for a new generation. So deeply rooted are they in our culture we cannot help but play that which we love and introduce it to the next generation who will continue the tradition. In this game, the traditional rule of Spades is updated to provide gamers of all kinds with a new and exciting approach to an old classic. Continue reading

Sunset Over Water Takes a Smaller Walk

Pencil First Games, known for designing and producing games focused on casual gameplay that promotes fun, relaxation, and engagement, have released a new “pocket edition” of their game Sunset Over Water. A game where players are challenged to travel off the beaten path to find breathtaking and inspiring views to paint.  Continue reading

Rebuild Refuge : Zombie Apocalypse (prepublished version)

In this game, players must gather as many survivors as possible and stay safe while the world outside is nuked to eradicate a virus that turns people into zombies. These shambling undead continually attack the players’ small and poorly protected bunkers, and the refugees do not trust each other. It’s a game of survival and crowd-control, as players must navigate attacks from within and without. Continue reading

Paraphrase: Songs in Other Words Game Review (prepublished version)

To paraphrase is to use different words to express a previously written or communicated idea or body of work. Sometimes these paraphrases let others say something in a way that is more relevant to their audience, or they can be used to provide insightful wit. In all cases, paraphrases come down to disguising something already well defined or named in a cloak of thick ambiguity. In this game, players will be challenged to take the paraphrase and deduce the actual title of a song. Extra points if you can sing it, too! Continue reading

Escape the Minotaur’s Maze Game Review

Former American football tight end who played in the National Football League (NFL), Martellus Bennett, said, “Any time you’re in a maze, there are multiple ways to get to the end.” And in this game, that is true. You have two ways to exit, one of which is death. Alternatively, you can live, but you’ll need to navigate and explore an ever-shifting maze as a monstrous minotaur hunts you down. To survive, you must use the maze to your advantage and outwit your opponents. This is one puzzle that’ll challenge you to the very end. Continue reading

Throne of Under Game Review

A general in the United States Army who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the Third United States Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944, George S. Patton, said: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” In this game, players will take on the role of ambitious characters who compete in a race to a throne. If they get their first, they get to rule. However, only one butt can sit in that seat and the player’s opponents want that throne just as bad as they do. Get ready to race fast, battle hard, and try every trick in the book to trip up your opponents so you get to the throne first! Continue reading

Zapotec Game Review

An Indian politician who served as the sixth prime minister of India, Rajiv Ratna Gandhi, said, “Civilizations are built by the ceaseless toil of a succession of generations. With softness and sloth, civilizations succumb. Let us beware of decadence.” In this game, players must go to work building a pre-Columbian civilization. However, planting crops and feeding the growing population is only part of the goal. Players must also satisfy the increasing populace’s religious needs with towering ziggurats. As the capital expands, the land becomes scarce, and the players must become ever more creative in how they go about maintaining growth. Continue reading

Samurai Shuffle Game Review

Japanese-born American cartoonist and comic book creator, best known for the comic series Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Saki said, “A samurai should always be prepared for death – whether his own or someone else’s.” When the sword is drawn, there are no more words to speak. Each warrior must live in the moment and the next simultaneously, for both could by their last. So draw your sword, warrior, and may the best – or luckiest – among you be victorious. Continue reading

Blue Lagoon Game Review

American writer of weird, science, fantasy, and horror fiction, best known for his creation of the Cthulhu Mythos (All hail the great Cthulhu!), H.P. Lovecraft, said, “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” And yet, it’s in the very nature of humanity to gaze longingly at the horizon or attempt to glimpse other worlds in the stars above us. We are built to travel, explore, and seek out the mysteries of what we cannot see, for we are forever curious. Some of us even have the intestinal fortitude to act upon those urges and seek out the unknown. Brave souls. In this game, you will lead such a group as they explore the surrounding islands, making homes and discoveries along the way. Continue reading

Conspiracy! Game Review

American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, erudition, and patrician manner, Gore Vidal said, “I’m not a conspiracy theorist – I’m a conspiracy analyst.” There is a lot about our world that we don’t know, despite us making discoveries and proving theories. No matter how much we learn, there is something else to consider and study. It’s between the lines of the known and unknown, truth and assumption, that conspiracies are born and thrive. With just enough facts to strengthen falsehoods, it’s obvious why some fall headfirst into darker thoughts of mistrust towards the so-called experts. And while many of us think these types of people are “crazy,” this same group will turn around and call us “gullible.” In this game, searching for the truth is never easy to find when you don’t want an honest answer. Continue reading