Evolution: The Beginning – Stunted Growth

Evolution: The Beginning

There aren’t very many kids who don’t spend some section of their childhood absolutely fascinated by ancient creatures. As they’ll tell you, it’s nearly impossible to talk about these beasts without considering the reality of their extinction. It’s also nearly impossible to talk about them without talking about evolution. The evolution of species is at the core of a family

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SNAP Review: Shaky Manor

Shaky Manor: The Tilted Treasure Hunt

Shaky Manor is a unique dexterity game from Blue Orange Games. Also known as Panic Mansion outside the United States, Shaky Manor is a race for 2-4 players to shake and shimmy their box “house” to get items into the right room. There are two modes to play, and both are controlled by a deck of double-sided cards. One side

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Rage of the Trolls: A Gruff Look at More Fearsome Fiends

Rage of the Trolls

In our last review we looked at the game Gruff from Studio Woe. This week we’ll look at the recently published second expansion, Rage of the Trolls. Unlike their first expansion, Clash of the Battle Goats, (released in 2016) Rage of the Trolls includes a brand new play mode completely unlike anything before it.

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Gruff: Gobbling Up some Weird Mechanics

Gruff

In the Norwegian fairy tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the three goat brothers are trying to cross a bridge to graze peacefully in the fields beyond. They’re stopped by a troll until the oldest, biggest goat knocks the troll into the stream below (spoiler alert). On February 15, Studio Woe released the latest expansion to the Gruff universe,

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Sticky Chameleons: More sticky or more karma?

Sticky Chameleons

In episode 80, The Family Gamers explored games that are pure fun. Not necessarily the “best” or “most mechanically sound” game, but games that are just plain fun to play. This week we have a game that absolutely fits that mold. We will look at a new game designed by Théo Riviére and published by Iello, Sticky Chameleons.

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Onitama: An Elegant Exploration of Strategy

Onitama

Board games can be intense. One of the most hotly anticipated games of this year comes in a huge box with hundreds of pieces. Poring over rulebooks has become as much a part of the fun as playing the game for so many players. Layers upon layers are used to create incredibly complex and rich gameplay experiences that can last

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Super Hack Override – Proxy Swap Your Way to Supreme Victory!

Super Hack Override Logo

“There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information!” – Sneakers, 1992 For some of us, it’s quotes like these that are about as close to hacking as

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Bärenpark: A Koala-ity Family Experience

Barenpark

It’s time to bear down and start building! This week we take a look at one of the hottest games to come out of Origin this year, the tile-laying game Bärenpark from Lookout Spiele and Mayfair. We’ll tell you whether it’s a universally koality* experience, or if we think it’s a bit more polar-izing.

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Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty’s Trail

Don your deerstalker hat and grab your magnifying glass! This week IDW Games brings us Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty’s Trail, an adorable take on deduction and cooperative gameplay that puts you in the role of a new inspector at Scotland Pound. Is the stalking of our felonious feline worth the trouble? Should you take the time to track these criminal critters?

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CAMP: The Family Pastime

CAMP Box

We went camping this past weekend, and what better way to celebrate camping than to play camping themed board games? This week we take a look at CAMP: The Game that Grows With You, the Dr. Toy award winning game from Education Outdoors. CAMP has a lot of features that are really appealing, but do they come together to make

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What’s Up and Strawberry Ninja – Short and Sweet!

What's Up and Strawberry Ninja

This week, we take a look at a pair of short, simple games from Strawberry Studio, What’s Up and Strawberry Ninja. Strawberry Studio’s mission is to “enrich the world of gaming with a line of smart, fun and easy to play microgames for families and friends”. Do they succeed with these two titles? Let’s dive in and find out.  

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