Category Archives: Reviews

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Little Town

Little Town Designers: Shun Taguchi, Aya Taguchi Publisher: IELLO Players: 2-4 Age: 10+ Time: 30-40 minutes Times played: 7+ overall, 2 with review copy of new edition provided by IELLO We have reviewed it before – https://opinionatedgamers.com/2018/01/20/tokyo-game-market-part-2/ –  it was … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Las Vegas Royale

Las Vegas Royale Designer: Rudiger Dorn Publisher: alea (Ravensburger) Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 40-60 min Times played: 3 with review copy provided by Ravensburger USA Las Vegas (the original) is one of my favorite games of all time.  It … Continue reading

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2019 DSP and IGA Award Winners Announced

Two of the major Game of the Year awards announced their results recently. The Deutscher Spiele Preis (DSP) award was announced last month.  This is widely viewed as the German-based award that honors heavier games, at least when compared to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: A Second Look at Tanto Cuore

Tanto Cuore Designer: Masayuki Kudou Publisher: Japanime Games / Arclight Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: probably at least 40, but 3 in past month with new review copy provided by Japanime Games Tanto Cuore is a … Continue reading

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Barrage (Game Review by Larry Levy)

Designers: Simone Luciani, Tommaso Battista Artist: Antonio De Luca Publisher: Cranio Creations Players: 1-4 Time: 75-150 minutes Times Played: 3, all with four players This is a review of one of the most controversial games of the year.  The game … Continue reading

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MEN AT WORK

DESIGNER: Rita Modi PUBLISHER: Pretzel Games PLAYERS: 2-5 AGES: 8 and up TIME: 30-45 minutes TIMES PLAYED: 5, with a copy I purchased Men at Work is a well-known Australian band from the 1980’s. Despite not being around for long, … Continue reading

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Alan How – Three 2-Player Conflict games from 2019

Two player games are a genre unto their own. At one end of the scale are classics like chess, while more recent classics like Lost Cities have similar slimline set of rules to challenge the players. In the last year … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Electropolis

Electropolis Designers: Chang Yu-Di, Ku Chun-Wei, Wang LIang Publisher: Homosapiens Lab Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: ~1 hour Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Taiwan BoardgameDesign As described by the publisher – Electropolis is a strategic city-building boardgame. … Continue reading

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Ragusa (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

Designer: Fabio Lopiano Artist: Bartlomiej Roczniak Publisher: Braincrack Games & Capstone Games Players: 1-5 Players Time: 40-80 Minutes Game Mechanisms: Commodity Speculation, Trading, Worker Placement Times Played: 4 “Wonder why they didn’t just call this one The Big Ragoo?”  I … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 5211

5211 Designer: Tsuyoshi Hashiguchi (はしぐち つよし) Publisher: Next Move Games Players: 2-5 Age 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 7, with review copy provided by Next Move Games 5211 was a surprise to me at GenCon – I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading

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