Mmm! – Cooperative Family Fun

Mmm! game by Reiner Knizia

When your youngest gamers are still struggling with the basics of taking turns and matching pictures, it’s hard to find games that work for the whole family. Cooperative games can help, but there are few that balance ease of play with satisfying strategy. In Mmm!, you and your fellow players play the roles of mice stealing food from the pantry.

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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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The Game of 49: Three in a Row, Go for One More

The Game of 49

As an 80’s kid, my earliest board game memories are of Milton Bradley games. Or more accurately, Milton Bradley commercials. You could explain the entire rulebook in thirty seconds, like in this little humdinger of advertising finery. The games were simple, and, once you reached the age of 10, simply boring. But like Pasta Night or Taco Tuesday, they still

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SNAP Review: Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride board game

Reviews – in a snap! Our inaugural SNAP review is Jetpack Joyride, from Halfbrick Studios and Lucky Duck Games.   Jetpack Joyride, the board game, translates the frantic feel of the endless runner into a tile-laying puzzle. Speed puzzle: lay polyominoes (5-unit pieces) onto individual boards to build a path and be the first to “escape the lab”. Cover coins

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Trash Pandas:  Hot Garbage or Good Garbage?

Trash Pandas

Trash Pandas is a press-your-luck, dice-rolling game designed by Michael Esuke of Red Rook Games. Trash Pandas is getting its first major release by Gamewright Games this summer. Players become raccoons digging through trash. I hesitantly delved into this one because neither of these genres are favorites of mine. Did I find the game itself deserved to be thrown into the trash or

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