So here we go, my list of the top 90 games I’ve played this year. Arjan asked why I picked ninety games rather than one hundred or even fifty. Well Arjan it was BECAUSE I WANT TO OK! GET OFF MY BACK MAN, YOU AREN’T MY REAL DAD!
Actually it’s because if I go much higher than ninety I start hitting games where the negative aspects of them outweigh the positive. I want this list to be full of games that I am willing to actively recommend to others.
Instead of showing box art on these posts I’m going to try and find photos of the game actually being played as I feel this often gives a better impression of what’s going on. I am invariably going to steal these photos from the internet. If they are yours and you object to this just let me know and I’ll take them down.
Without further ado…
Number Ninety – Polarity
A game that at first glance looks a bit like othelo – but is in actual fact nothing like it. The pieces are all actually magnets and you are trying to use their magnetic fields to balance them off each other without letting them touch.
I’m a little too cack handed to get the full amount of enjoyment out of this nifty little game. But I appreciated its cleverness and novelty value, even if my magnets did keep suddenly springing up and attaching themselves to every other magnet on the board. I really like the fact that you are focusing as much on the repulsive properties of magnets as you are the attractive side.
Number Eighty Nine – City of Remnants
An area control game where you control a gang on the streets of a distopian post apocalyptic future battling to territory and trying to avoid the robot overlords.
I don’t see this game getting a great deal of love in the board gaming community, which is a shame as its quite good (I could of course just be looking in the wrong places).
Its relatively low down on my list mainly because that while I enjoyed building my own little city in my corner of the board I didn’t really enjoy the process of trying to take over other people’s. It’s not that I don’t like conflict in my games – because I do. But it just felt a little mean in this game for some reason, like kicking over someones sandcastle.
Number Eighty Eight – Formula D
A nice little roll and move game which simulates a Formula 1 race. as you chage up the gears you get higher sided dice to roll which makes you travel further. However you need to watch out that you slow down for the corners.
Formula D has been around a long time, and has a fair bit of hype attached to it. However it left me a little disappointed as I felt that it didn’t really live up to the hype. My main issue with it is that I never really felt any peril or excitement in the game.
Saying that I’ve only played this with my kids and so haven’t had a try with the advanced rules.
The other problem with Formula D isn’t really its fault, but never the less effects my enjoyment of it. For some reason Amy is completely apathetic about if she wins or loses this game – and her nonchalant manner tends to make my blood pressure rise to the point where steam comes out of my ears. Not the best way to foster enjoyment of gaming in my kids.
Number Eighty Seven – Pick a Dog
A fun little kids game where you collect cards which are the same or only one degree of separation from the last one you picked up.
We played this down at one of my local game shop’s family games day and my seven year old son really enjoyed it (although I had to hobble myself a little so as not to discourage him).
I suspect this would actually be a lot more fun with more than 2 players as I can see the added pressure of competing for the cards with multiple people driving up the excitement levels.
Number Eighty Six – Ingenious
I’m not against abstract games as such, but I do think they have to work a bit harder than more thematic games to meet the level of fun I ask for in a game. This was clever and enjoyable to play, but was missing a little bit of personality and was frustrating at times.
I’ve reviewed Ingenious in more depth here
And that’s it for now. If you fancy taking a closer look at any of these games they are all still in print and available through either a local or online games specialist or even Amazon.
Tune in in a couple of days – same bat time, same bat channel for 85 to 80.