Review: Sunny Day Pond, a Children’s Game

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Sunny Day Pond Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Peaceable Kingdom

Year Published: 2014

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Play Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Set-up Time: 1 minute

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: Rated 3 and up, but suitable for some 2-year-olds

Table Size: Small

Introduction

It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed a board game around here, but one of the original purposes of this website was to talk about game accessibility. One aspect of accessibility is a game’s appeal to a variety of audiences, and Sunny Day Pond is one of those games that’s certainly accessible to young gamers.

Description

Sunny Day Pond is a co-operative puzzle game for children. Its simple design has won multiple awards thanks to its nearly flawless presentation and execution. It teaches several great skills to toddlers and pre-schoolers, including: color matching, … Continue reading

Castle Panic First Impressions

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the seriesGamestorm 15

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Gamestorm 15

Castle Panic Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Fireside Games

Year Published: 2009

Number of Players: 1 to 6

Play Time: 60 minutes

Set-up Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: Rated 10 and up

Table Size: Medium

Introduction

Ever since I first saw Castle Panic on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, I have had a hankering to give it a try. I love co-op games and fantasy themes, so this seemed like a great mixture of the two. Finally I got a chance to give it a test spin at this year’s annual Gamestorm convention, and I certainly was … Continue reading

Game Day September 2010: A Touch of Evil

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the seriesSeptember Game Day

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series September Game Day

A Touch of Evil Box ArtA Touch of Evil is a huge game that would be difficult to sum up in just a paragraph or five.  Instead of trying to describe it all myself, here is the game’s description:

“Tis’ the dawn of the 19th century; an age of science, superstition, and witchcraft. Howling fills the night as a full moon rises over the small, secluded village of Shadowbrook. Gruesome murders have become a daily occurrence and terror haunts the streets at night. An evil creature has taken up residence here and the countryside is engulfed by a tide of darkness. But all is not lost…not yet.

A small group of heroic … Continue reading

Forbidden Island: Review

Forbidden Island is a very fun game with relatively simple game mechanics, but it can be difficult to master and win. If you find it too simple on the “novice” difficulty though, you can make it harder on yourself by increasing the difficult to “normal”, “expert”, or “legendary” by starting the game’s water meter at increasing higher levels. The inclusion of these difficulty options should ensure that even veteran players are challenged with the game and can continue to play it for a long time to come.
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