We built this city

To paraphrase an old proverb – Too many ambitious architects spoil the block. Meet Architectura, a small tile placement game, about great plans for the city to build.

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Architect of the void

A gaping vacuum, the cosmos of fiery stars and galaxies, chaos without any intelligent design. But what if there is a wild omnipotence in it, personified in the form of architects of the universe, emerging celestial bodies out of nothingness. What could be their motivations, and can pure competition be a moment of reprieve from the surrounding cosmicism?

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Kunai in the eye

Do you sometimes have this strange feeling, that maybe something is not exactly how it should be, when you can find kunai in your back, and shurikens are flying around your head? Yeah, neither do I, and that’s probably why every average ninja manages to surprise me – today I want to show you Tiny Ninjas

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Build me a castle

“Legacy”-type games are already well known, players sit down to them with certain expectations. We play the campaign and then we are left with a version of the game modified by our choices, slightly different “after the campaign” rules,  or a stack of components that we may someday use somewhere else. Let’s check how the Rise of Queensdale handled these expectations.

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Snatch that body!

Among Us – My first thoughts, after reading a few words about what we get in this game, immediately threw me into the sf classics like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” from 1978, or a wave of movies from the fifties, about flying saucers that want to dominate the Earth.

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Do not blame the sea, when the wind is at fault

Yarr! you landlubbers! Do you think that the worker placement mechanism can only be employed in euro games? I swear on all 71 seas, that in “A tale of Pirates” the swift action and exciting adventure will not leave you for a second. All doubters and boosters, I’m ready to drag under the keel from the left to the right and back again.

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Bank Rush

“Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”

– Neil McCauley, Heat

Gather a crew and run a marathon of ripping out safes in the city. Grab as much gold bars as possible, then turn tail and run. In a nutshell this is a cooperative game with limited communication, called Rob’n Run.

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Bones & Stones

I sometimes get games that make such a good impression on me, that I feel urge to praise them with exaggeration. Unearth – the game which motto is “recover, rebuild, remember” is one of those games.

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Puzzle runes

I used to be skeptical about using mobile devices application in board games. However, gradually getting to know more and more interesting ways of using them, I began warm up to them. This time I had the opportunity to play the next game in which this solution was used – Rising 5: Runes of Asteros

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Wushu bidding

The reception of various board games can vary in different people’s eyes. It is very subjective and brings up many different feelings related to the aesthetic values and sense of them being enclosed in games. What basically defines them as a works of art. Until now, categorizing board games as a field of art was not so obvious to me. Crossroads of Heroes dispersed the mist that veiled my full awareness of this fact.

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