Incoming! More Tweeviews! If you haven’t been following this series, Tweeviews are reviews that could fit in a Twitter post – a 280 character limit. The games I’ve been covering in this and the previous six editions all come from my own game collection.
Tally Ho! is an abstract game of hunt or be hunted. You play as either animal or human. Hunters shoot animals; foxes hunt fowl; bears eat humans; lumberjacks chop down trees. Can be very luck-driven, but provides a nice light strategic experience. Best to play twice as each role.
The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac is an Indiana Jones style board game – get in, get treasure, get out before being trapped by the giant boulder. It’s a very linear game, and can feel pretty scripted, even with all the randomness involved. Still, a nice cinematic game.
Chaosmos is a board game version of Interstellar Pig, a young adult book about a space-themed board game that is all too real. I loved that book as a kid, and the game does a great job of translating it into a modern game. I’ve only played once.
King of Tokyo is a battle game where you either want to be the last one standing or the first to get to 20 points. It’s really an ideal casual game – it takes the basic mechanics of a game like Yahtzee, adds a theme and some interesting decisions, and becomes something greater.
Dixit is a party game about getting some people to guess a picture, but not everyone. It is an interesting format, and one of those rare party games that gets the “game” part right. The art is surreal and cool, but you really need expansions to keep things fresh.
Puerto Rico is the epitome of the Eurogame style. It’s an extremely clean design with very little randomness, great mechanics, and an admittedly bad theme. It was number 1 on BGG for years for a reason – it’s an amazing design, and one every board gamer should play at least once.
Nautilion was the fifth game in the Oniverse series, and the first with dice. It boils down to a roll-and-move game, and is one of the lighter titles in the Oniverse. However, it’s fun and interesting, and a good light addition to the rotation of solitaire games.
Oh My Goods! is in contention for the worst titled game ever, but the game itself is solid. It’s a hand and resource management game from Alexander Pfister, who has a great track record. The first edition rules were apparently a little broken, but the updated rules are very good.
Master Plan was part of the Level 99 Minigame Library, and was my favorite of that set for a while. It’s basically a supervillain competition where you’re building paths to the Doomsday device, as well as laying traps for your opponents. Really wish it would get expanded.
Anansi and the Box of Stories is a trick-taking game that adds in elements of role selection, which is one of my favorite mechanisms. I haven’t played it since I initially reviewed it, and don’t remember a whole lot about it, but I liked it then and probably still would.
Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue was the second MR game, and third I have played. It adds some cool twists, including a kitty that is added to when a player melds. Going out before reshuffling the deck wins you the kitty. I like it, though not my favorite MR game.
That’s it for another Tweeview! run. Thanks for reading.