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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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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Roll For It! – Let the Good Times Roll!

Roll For It!

Recently my Nonnie (Italian for Grandmother) suffered from a broken shoulder after a fall just before her 89th birthday. She was hospitalized and then spent a few weeks in rehab. After she began recovering at home, my mom scheduled a surprise party for her and invited family and friends. After dinner, I asked Nonnie if she was up for a

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Century: Spice Road – Trading for Fun and Profit

Century: Spice Road

Transport yourself to centuries past to a time when the trading along the spice roads led to great wealth and power. As a spice merchant you’ll lead your caravan to exotic markets to sell your valuable spices. Do you have what it takes to play your cards shrewdly, time your trades just right to acquire five point cards first and

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Zooscape: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Zooscape

I’m going to do my best to explain Hisashi Hayashi’s Zooscape, but I’m going to fail. And the first time you play, I predict you’re not going to get it, either. But play it a second time. Then maybe a third. Somewhere in there, the elegance of the game design is going to reveal itself to you. The ugly duckling

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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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Classic Reviews – Dixit: What Art They Thinking?

Dixit Cover

Some games, in my opinion, fall into the category of “must have” in your collection. There are some games which I seem to never get tired of playing. Some games that are good “gateway” games; games that are great for helping introduce inexperienced gamers to (post-Catan) games & gaming. Dixit is an incredible game that fulfills all these categories.

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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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