I didn’t have the opportunity to play a board game during this month of May. However, I thought it might be fun to come up with a list to explore during the June Holidays.
This game is a beauty, both in the gaming and aesthetic sense – Mysterium combines all the best parts of Dixit and all the best parts of Cluedo. One of you acts the part of a ghost, and the rest of you are psychics working together(ish) to find the ghost’s killer. The longer you take, the lesser clues you get, the more out-of-the-way the suspect seems to be.
It will take up quite a bit of real estate, but it’ll be worth it for its replayability and the slivers of role-playing opportunities you can get if you’d like a bit of ambience. You can find out more about the game here or read what I thought about it here.
Possibly one of the cutest games I had the fortune to play. I got my copy at a game store in Melbourne, and it became a hit with the Valkyrie Knights and my cousins.
Playing the role of the bamboo gardener, a panda, and the Japanese Emperor, this game is a good balance of strategy, the luck of the draw, and all that panda cuteness. Designed by Antoine Bauza, this game has an incredibly straightforward player and scoring mechanic – the cards show what needs to be done.
Yes, another one of Antoine Bauza’s masterpieces.
I loved this game after the Tiger and I played this game about two (2) International Tabletop Days ago, where we had this onslaught of Antoine Bauza’s games – Takenoko, Hanabi, and Tokaido.
While you take your traveler on a trip from Kyoto to Edo (present-day Tokyo), the objective of the game is to have the most fulfilling journey among all the players, be it in collecting shopping sets, donating to the temple, enjoying the hot springs, or meeting other travelers. The over-arching “major missions”, however, is to eat the best food at the pit stop inns, or finish the paintings your character has set out to create.
I have this belief that Matt Leacock sits at his desk coming up with the most abhorrent situations a group of people can find themselves in just to see how they’d react in a team-based situation. While he is better known for Pandemic, I’d recommend Forbidden Island for its theme, and the fact that it’s not as difficult to wrap your head around as compared to Pandemic.
Also, the premise of this game is to look for treasure. I can always get behind that.
Find out more about the game here.
Dash! A Whimsical Race Around Singapore
Last, but not least, what’s a board game list without a game fueled by the fundamental mechanics of counters and moving your pieces on the board. Dash is exactly what the game is all about – racing from the start to the end.
Starting in the middle of town, run through Singapore’s landmarks in a series of three races. Instead of rolling dice, however, we have to put down cards like popular secondary school game, Dai Di. Combining colourful graphics and nostalgic card gameplay, I stuck to this game relatively quickly.
So those are my recommendations for this less active month, so I hope I get to play a new game soon!