Board Game Buzz, May 6, 2013
Here is the latest news in the world of board games, for the week of May 6th, 2013:
Second Look – Jenga Boom
"In Jenga Boom you have to set the timer by pulling the cord, build the tower, and take turns removing blocks from the tower and adding them to the top in typical Jenga fashion. Each turn you hit the play button, take your turn, then hit the stop button. Slowly, ever so slowly, the timer counts down. Then, BOOM, the tower comes crashing down. It's a total gimmick, but it works." [link]
Tetra*gon2 is board game fun squared
"The concept of Tetra*gon2 is simple: The first player to create two complete Tetragons, aka squares, with their color of wooden pieces wins. Strategy is involved because the other player gets another move before the other is finished. There is no jumping or capturing, making it a nonviolent game of strategic creation and blocking. The game is intended for players ages 8 and up." [link]
"PitchCar is a dexterity, racing game. You must flick your car past the finish line before the other players. PitchCar uses a wooden track with plastic rails to simulate a race track. You have a wooden disc that represents your car. On your turn you flick your car the first player to complete three laps wins the race. I really like PitchCar. It is just a ton of fun to flick the cars around the track and try to get as far or best positioned as you can." [link]
Ghost Stories Review
"In Ghost Stories, you take on the role of a Taoist priest that is fighting (along with three other priests) to excise Wu Feng from the world. Unfortunately, Wu Feng has legions of ghostly minions, which are terrorizing you and your village. It does an amazing job of providing a feeling of 'optimistic doom.' By this, I mean that you feel like you're going to lose. From round one. Yet, as the game progresses and you continue holding off your loss, you start to get the impression that you have a chance." [link]
Top Ten Two-Player Games - Spring 2013
"Regardless of whether you are looking to play a game with your significant other, your best friend, or some person that you just met, there is a time and a place where you need a good two-player game. So, here's my list of current favorites." [link]
Board Game Reviews by Josh brings us a top-ten list of two-player board games, including Jab Realtime Boxing, Arimaa, 1960: The Making of the President, Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Hive, Jaipur, Dvonn, Star Wars: Customizable Card Game, Summoner Wars, and Twilight Struggle. Great list, Josh!
Casa Grande (A Video Review)
"In Casa Grande players try to develop well-located building lots in order to construct large and tall buildings on them. Opponents can use your buildings for their own purposes, and the final result should be one large magnificant house – 'casa grande' – after another. The game ends at the end of the round in which a player has placed his last building block. The player who has collected the most money wins." [link]
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