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Review of Codinca

Rival treasure hunters (i.e., players) have discovered the Temple of Codinca while exploring the Yucatan rain forests. To open the Temple and find the great treasures contained within, players must use various mechanisms to manipulate a grid of sixteen carved Symbol Tiles to match specific Key Patterns. The first player to match their own Symbol Tiles to their four Key Patterns will unlock the secrets of Codinca.

Codinca is an abstract strategy game that combines skill and chance. Players take turns using various actions (e.g., flipping, swapping, and shifting) to manipulate a common grid of tiles to create patterns that match their individual Key Cards. The game is meant to be fast-paced and tactical.

Codinca was first available as a pre-production release at the Essen Game Fair (Spiel) in 2012. Only 150 copies were available and it sold out. A Kickstarter campaign was launched in September 2013 to fund a full production release, but it failed to reach the necessary goal. The game largely disappeared until it re-debuted at the 2016 UK Game Expo in new pocket edition. According to the announcement from the publisher, “the mechanics have been streamlined, the tiles made substantially chunkier, the rules include six languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish & Polish), and it all comes in a very pretty pocket sized magnetic closing box.” This review is for the new 2016 release of Codinca. Continue reading

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Review of Escape Room The Game (NO SPOILERS)

“Escape room game [in a box]” has apparently become the hot new board game genre of 2016. From virtual versions dating as far back as 1988 to real world escape rooms being created around 2006, it seems inevitable that a hybrid version of the concept would find its way into the growing board game hobby. Cooperative puzzle games have always been of great interest to many people and capturing the escape room feeling in a box that can be played anywhere is an exciting evolution.

There are already a handful of “escape room in a box” games available and Escape Room The Game is latest having been released in late 2016 in the USA by Spin Master Games. However, there are a couple key differences that set it apart from the previous games. First of all, Escape Room The Game contains not just a single escape room game, but four different Adventures that have varying difficulties and all look, feel, and play slightly different. Secondly, the game utilizes a unique electronic “Chrono Decoder” around which the game unfolds. It also helps pull the players further into the game so that they are anchored more to the game and the make believe “room” being created rather than arbitrary location where the game is being played. Continue reading

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Review of Herbaceous

Herbaceous is self-described as “a flavorful card game” in which players can “relax while enjoying this elegant game of picking and potting herbs.” The objective is to score the most points by potting the best collection of herbs. To do this, players take turns drawing and planting herbs into the Community Garden and their individual Private Gardens, and later picking those herbs to pot into various containers. Every player has an identical set of Container Cards, but each type of container has different requirements for what it can hold. Points are scored at the end of the game based on the number of Herb Cards potted in each container.

Herbaceous is the fifth game successfully crowdfunded by Eduardo Baraf and Pencil First Games using Kickstarter. The campaign ended on September 23, 2016 and was supported by 2,208 backers. The game shipped to backers in January 2017. Continue reading

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Game Review: Crash Cup Karambolage

Designer: Heinz Meister Publisher: HABA Players: 2-4 Ages: 6+ Playing Time: 15 minutes Review by Mark Jackson on a review copy provided by HABA Games (7 plays with Crash Cup Karambolage, 20 plays with the original 1995 edition) There are a LOT of flicking games out … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of Istanbul (Plus Kebab Shop)

Istanbul (Plus Kebab Shop) Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) [Included: Istanbul: Kebab Shop Mini Expansion, by Spielbox] Designer: Rüdiger Dorn Artists: Andreas Resch, Hans-Georg Schneider Players:  2-5 Ages: 10+ Playing Time: 40-60 min MSRP $49.99 Released: 2014 Reviewed by: Mary … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of Chimera

Chimera Publisher: Z-Man Games/Filosofia Editions Designers: Ralph Anderson Artists: Philippe Guérin, Chris Quilliams Players: 3 Ages: 14+ Playing Time: 45min Languages: English/French MSRP $19.99 Release: Q3 2014 Reviewed by: Mary Dimercurio Prasad Game Played: Prototype Copy Number of Plays: 3 … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of Prosperity

Prosperity Publisher: Asmodee/Ystari Games Designers: Sebastian Bleasdale, Reiner Knizia Artists: Arnaud Demaegd, Neriac Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Playing Time: 60min Languages: English MSRP $49.99 Reviewed by: Mary Dimercurio Prasad Game Played: Review Copy Number of Plays: 1 x 4 player, … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of Buccaneer Bones

Buccaneer Bones Publisher: Wattsalpoag Designer: Kris Gould Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Playing Time: 15min Languages: English, French, German, Spanish MSRP $9.95 Reviewed by: Mary Dimercurio Prasad Game Played: Review Copy Number of Plays: 3 x 2 player, 2 x 1 … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of Suburbia Inc

Suburbia Inc Publisher: Bézier Games Designers: Ted Alspach Artists: Klemens Franz, Ollin Timm Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Playing Time: 90 min. Languages: English MSRP $29.99     Reviewed by: Mary Dimercurio Prasad Game Played: Review Copy Number of Plays: 1 … Continue reading

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Review: Taschkent

Taschkent Designed by Peer Sylvester Art by Klemens Franz Published by Mücke Spiele   2-4 players Ages 8+ 60 minutes   Reviewed by Jonathan Franklin Played once Photo by Harald Mücke   What game would you make if it had … Continue reading

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