Sumer: Mesopotamia in Real Time

Sumer

My last review mentioned video game styling on a board game – how about the reverse: a board game that you play on a video game system? Sumer is a real-time worker placement game for up to 4 players, played on PC (Steam Early Access) or Nintendo Switch. Because it is technically a video game, players do not have to

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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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Anomia Kids: Sounds Like Fun!

Anomia Kids

Anomia is a word from a Latin root and means “without name”. It’s the term for being unable to come up with the name of an object. Anomia is also a game (from Anomia Press), in which players race to come up with a word that fits a certain category, ranging from “color” to “rock opera” to “shampoo brand”.

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Skribble Dash: Picture This!

Skribble Dash

“How to Draw” books and videos are everywhere. But most people don’t bother with these and instead fall back on “I’m no good at drawing” or “I’m not an artist.” But have you noticed that simply holding a pencil encourages nearly everyone to doodle? Why not make it a game? Skribble Dash is a modern entry to the “competitive drawing”

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2 Button Shy Games: Cow, Tiger, Santa Claus & In Vino Morte

In Vino Morte, Cow Tiger Santa Claus

Button Shy is a micro-publisher dealing exclusively in micro-games. All of their games are small enough to fit in a wallet. Although some of these games are quite involved despite the small number of cards, we’ll be looking at two of their lightest games: a travel game and a fast deduction party game.

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Top Trumps: War Without Politics

Top Trumps boxes

Sometimes, you just want a simple game to pass the time. It’s even better if you can learn a little bit while you’re playing. For decades, Top Trumps has been doing its part to fill this need in the UK, but after being acquired by Winning Moves, they are now available in the US. With hundreds of different decks, did

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Match Madness: Parallel Puzzling for All Ages

Match Madness blocks

Playing puzzle games with children can be frustrating. If it’s mildly challenging for me, it may be impossible for my 7-year-old; but if it’s the right level for him, it’s far too easy for me. I don’t want to hold back: I want to beat my children fair and square. What to do? Match Madness gives us a possible solution.

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