Category Archives: Reviews

Dale Yu: First Impression of Brutal Kingdom

  Brutal Kingdom Designer: Michael Rieneck Publisher: Kosmos Players: 3-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Thames&Kosmos In Brutal Kingdom, players take on the role of different animal characters, trying to use their … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Wizards Wanted

  Wizards Wanted Designer: Nick Hayes Publisher: Mattel (USA) Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Mattel (USA) Wizards Wanted is the next game in the “Euro-game” line from Mattel USA.  This … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the 2017 Spiel des Jahres Winner (Kingdomino) and Kennerspiel des Jahres winner (EXIT)

Congratulations to the winners that were named today… Our review…      Our review…   And… this will probably never happen again – we managed to correctly predict what the jury would award!   Congratulations to the winners!

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Dale Yu: Review of Pinball Showdown

  Pinball Showdown Designer: Diane Sauer Publisher: Shoot Again Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: ~30 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Shoot Again Games Pinball Showdown uses a theme that I haven’t seen in previous games … Continue reading

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Review of Slide Blast

Slide Blast Designer: Evan Song & Samgoo Publisher: FoxMind Players: 2-6 Ages: 7 and up Time: 30 minutes Times Played: 5 Game provided by the publisher for review purposes. Introduction Slide Blast is a tile laying game in which players … Continue reading

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2016 Meeples Choice Award Winners

The Spielfrieks user group has selected its three winners of the Meeples Choice Awards.  70 voters participated in the election and the winners are: TERRAFORMING MARS GREAT WESTERN TRAIL YOKOHAMA TM and GWT had a comfortable lead over the rest … Continue reading

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Startups — Review by Jeff Lingwall

Designer: Jun Sasaki Publisher: Oink Games Players: 3 – 7 Ages: 10+ Time: 20 minutes Times Played: 2 (with 4, 5 players) Startups is a new card game from Oink Games, the Japanese publisher of other micro-box games like Insider … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Stroop

  Stroop Designer: Jonathan Chaffer Publisher: Grand Gamers Guild Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 10-15 minutes per game Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Grand Gamers Guild From my university days, I remember learning about the Stroop effect … Continue reading

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The Many Versions of Hanabi

In honor of the Fourth of July, I wanted to post about my favorite fireworks-themed game, Hanabi.  Hanabi has been in my personal top 10 for the past couple of years, and it is one of only two games (the … Continue reading

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Nominations Set for 2016 Meeples Choice Awards

The Spielfrieks user group has finished their first week of voting for the Meeples Choice Awards.  26 games have received nominations.  During the coming week, the voters will select their favorites from that group and the top three vote getters … Continue reading

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