Dominion: Review

 

Dominion Box Art

 

Game Info

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Year Published: 2008

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Play Time: 30 minutes

Set-up Time: About 5 minutes

Ages: 10 and up

Table Size: Small or Medium (depends on number of players)

Review

Despite the incredible amount of time I have spent playing the game, it has taken me a long time to write this review. I don’t usually have trouble coming up with words to describe something, least of all games, but with Dominion something is different. It is, perhaps, the epitome of what “accessible” means in relation to games and that, oddly enough, is what makes it so difficult to write about. How does one describe Dominion, with its near-infinite replayability and ease of … Continue reading

Alhambra Review

 

Alhambra Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Queen Games

Year Published: 2003

Number of Players: 2 to 6

Play Time: 60 minutes

Set-up Time: About 10 minutes

Ages: 8 and up

Table Size: Medium or Large Table (depends on number of players)

Review

Released by German publisher Queen Games, Alhambra is a fun, family-friendly game of building and strategy. The theme is simple: your task is to build the best Alhambra — a “palace, fortress, and small city” — in ancient Spain. Workers have come from far and wide to help you build, but insist on being paid in their native currency. Thus, Alhambra is a game of both resource management and city planning, though it doesn’t let itself get too bogged down by these principles and the … Continue reading

Entombed (PC): Review

Game Info

Publisher: Driftwood Audio Entertainment

Year Published: 2010

Number of Players: 1

Play Time: Dozens of hours or more

System Requirements: Windows PC with Microsoft .NET 3.5 installed or Mac if it’s virtualized through VMWare Fusion or a similar program

Review

Driftwood Audio Entertainment’s Entombed is a Roguelike (Wikipedia entry) game developed specifically for blind and visually impaired gamers. The game is designed entirely around the use of audio cues and keyboard commands, making it easily accessible for anyone with a visual impairment, but it is entertaining enough to play even if you’re sighted.

The term “Roguelike” refers to a subgenre of text-based adventure/roleplaying games similar to the game Rogue, which essentially kicked off the genre. These games are often set in a high fantasy setting and include typical fantasy races, such as elves, dwarves, ogres, and faeries, and often include typical … Continue reading

Pompeii Review

Pompeii Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Mayfair Games

Year Published: 2006

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Play Time: 45 minutes

Set-up Time: About 10 minutes

Ages: 10 and up

Table Size: Medium Table

Review

The year is 79 A.D. and you are a humble Roman citizen who has just moved in to the fine city of Pompeii. It’s so enjoyable here that you invite your friends and relatives to join you, and soon the city is abuzz with happy citizens. Unfortunately for you, a dark omen falls upon the city; nearby Mount Vesuvius is about to erupt, and all of your friends and family must now try to escape for their lives before becoming victims of one of the deadliest volcanoes in history!

Pompeii is a … 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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