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Forbidden Island Review

Since the release of his modern classic Pandemic, Matt Leacock has developed something of a reputation as the guru of Cooperative board games. Forbidden Island is one of his stand-out release, a distillation of cooperative game mechanics into a simple single-box release that serves as an excellent introduction to the whole genre. As a speedy 2 to 4 player experience, Forbidden Island is an excellent take on the hand-management and board control elements of many other cooperative games and is a must-have addition to any budding board game collection. TLDR: Forbidden Island is a highly recommended first step into the realm of cooperative board games, featuring excellent components and easy to learn gameplay. Players must manage their resources as they explore a sinking island, working against the clock to retrieve all the island’s treasures before the entire board sinks and they collectively lose. As a cooperative game, this excellent all-win [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:53:49+08:00July 1st, 2020|Board Games, Items, Reviews|

Abandon All Artichokes Review

Gamewright games have always amused me. With titles like Sushi Go!, Go Nuts for Donuts and Forbidden Island, they’ve proven consistent entry points for new players looking to start playing board games, providing their own spin on the card drafting, simultaneous action and cooperative genres.Now, Gamewright is putting their own twisted little spin on deck-building games with Abandon All Artichokes, a classy little two-to-four player ‘deck-destruction’ game that provides a wonderful entry point into the genre. TLDR: Abandon All Artichokes is a speedy deck-building card game where players draft vegetable cards from a central garden and use their respective card abilities to rid their hand and deck of artichoke cards. The first player to draw a hand free of artichokes cards immediately wins the game. Simple rules make this easy to learn, but the game also possesses a take-that mechanism that allows players to ‘sabo’* each other, and a surprising [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:58:23+08:00June 24th, 2020|Card Games, Items, Reviews|

Star Wars X-Wing 2E Review

The Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (or X-Wing 2E) has always been a tight little dogfight war-game – Not only does it possess the pedigree of the Star Wars universe, but it’s lovingly detailed pre-assembled and pre-painted ships adds an additional layer of allure for the collector.A tight ruleset and a movement mechanic that requires you to second guess your opponent before committing to your own movement can create some epic space dogfights between Star Wars stalwarts like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, but X-Wing 2E also draws upon the full scope of its massive universe as factions like the Resistance, First Order, Galactic Republic, Separatist Alliance take to the Stars, bringing fabled names like Padmé Amidala and Poe Dameron with them.Whether you’re a parent using X-Wing to experience a Galaxy Far Far Away with a child or a seasoned wargamer looking for a new dogfight experience, X-Wing 2E might [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:00:39+08:00June 16th, 2020|Items, Miniature Games, News, Promotions, Reviews|

The Savage Worlds RPG Review

Hey PI-Fans,Let’s just get this out of the way from the start. Savage Worlds Adventure Edition is an RPG, but Savage Worlds is not Dungeons & Dragons.If you want a role-playing system based on the pseudo-medieval high-fantasy Vancian-magic rooted assumptions that D&D is known for, you play D&D. This isn’t meant as a knock. D&D is a great system, but is also wholly unapologetic in the kind of story it wants to tell.As a ‘universal’ system, Savage Worlds… is less constrained than its RPG half-brother and a bit more manic in execution. TL;DR: Savage Worlds is a classless RPG system which uses a simple roll-against-target-number resolution system for streamlined roleplaying and fast combat. Savage Worlds Adventure Edition is the latest edition of the Savage Worlds RPG and provides a universal set of rules that can be easily adapted for Noir, Superhero, Pulp-Action, Military and Science-Fiction settings. […]

By |2020-07-02T10:02:21+08:00June 10th, 2020|Items, Reviews, Role Playing Games|

Sushi Go Review

Hey PI-Fans, We’re back once again with another set of food themed reviews. This time, Games @ PI is taking Gamewright’s modern classic Sushi Go out for a spin.Distilling the game mechanics of card drafting to an easily understandable format, Sushi Go is a fast paced and fun game set in a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Given his last review was Ramen Fury, perhaps, the man is hungry, but Wesley is back to talk about Sushi Go and the Games @ PI Webstore!- Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager TL;DR: Simple fun for all ages, Sushi Go pits two to five players against each other to see who can have a better meal. Everyone is given a hand of sushi cards at the start of a round, which they will pick one to keep for themselves, then pass the rest to the player on the left or right. The process repeats [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:04:19+08:00June 9th, 2020|Card Games, Items, Reviews|

Ticket to Ride: London Review

Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner That I love London soMaybe it’s because I’m a LondonerThat I think of her wherever I goI get a funny feeling inside of meJust walking up and downMaybe it’s because I’m a LondonerThat I love London town. Ticket to Ride: London is a new entry in designer Alan R. Moon’s Ticket to Ride family of games and it carries all the pedigree of its bigger brothers, distilled down into a nippy fast playing form.Designed to convey the strategy and depth of Ticket to Ride, while keeping playing time down to a half hour or less, Ticket to Ride: London (and her half-sister Ticket to Ride: New York), in a departure from traditional Ticket to Ride, take place in a single condensed city map. In Ticket to Ride: London, this is obviously the titular City of London, giving you a chance to ride the buses [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:05:58+08:00June 2nd, 2020|Board Games, Items, Reviews|

Ramen Fury Review

Hey PI-Fans, If you’re looking to stock up on instant noodles of the edible variety, unfortunately, we can’t help you.On the other hand, what we do have is Ramen Fury, a fast and furious game of instant noodles, ingredient hoarding and sabotage and you can pick up your own copy from the Games @ PI webstore!And here to tell you more about it with an in-depth review is Wesley!- Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager TL;DR: Ramen Fury is a light 30 minute card game for 2 to 5 players. Players attempt to draft ingredient cards to add to bowls of ramen to score points. However, ingredients can also be used to sabotage other players dishes by mixing in unwanted flavours to their recipes or outright stolen using spoon tokens, lending the game a ‘take-that’ element! Fast and easy to learn, Ramen Fury is a great game for players who enjoy [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:07:06+08:00May 29th, 2020|Card Games, Items, Reviews|

Board Game Sleeves – A Reference List

Hey PI-Fans,The Games @ PI team has never been one to look at board games as a disposable product. A good board or card game can hit the table multiple times, resulting hours of fun for all involved.Of course, each time you do this, you risk cards getting scratched, torn or dirty.This is where plastic card sleeves come in.The Games @ PI webstore already carries a range of Fantasy Flight Supply sleeves. Sure, there will be oddballs like Spot It!, whose round cards outright defy sleeving and odd shapes like French Tarot cards, but for the most part, you can already protect the cards of most card games – The webstore team is already planning a range expansion to cater to to the remaining cards, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, if you need sleeves not listed on the website, you can drop an email to [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:09:39+08:00May 28th, 2020|Hobby Items, Items, Reviews|

Descent: Journeys in the Dark Review

Mennara is a world of magic, mystery, and adventure. In the deep places beneath the earth lurk terrifying monsters and foul villains, conspiring to plunge the land into shadow. Fortunately, Mennara is also a world of heroes. Heroes clever of mind, strong of sword arm, and stout of heart. Heroes in many shapes and sizes, unlikely heroes of many races and creeds and from many walks of life. Heroes like you… In a socially distanced world, Descent: Journeys in the Dark brings swashbuckling fantasy adventure and dungeon crawling back to your tabletop. At a time where getting the gang together for a weekly session might prove somewhat difficult, you can find an amazing solo or small group experience right out of the box – even without a DM.After all, if you’re going to be trapped somewhere for the Circuit Breaker, why not imagine up a dungeon? TLDR: Descent: Journeys in [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:10:47+08:00May 27th, 2020|Board Games, Items, Reviews|

Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America Review

Hey PI-Fans,We’ve got a new release in the form of Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America, a fast playing version of the popular board game Pandemic! You can grab your own copy here!And what better way to celebrate the roll-out that to have a familiar face pop in to review it?Take it away, Jack!- Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager The parts tray isn’t part of the box contents, but we agree that Jack’s got a good thing going with this nifty add on. The word ‘pandemic’ has recently been added to everyone’s lexicon, with the Coronavirus running rampant globally. To combat this, businesses have been shut down, public spaces closed, and we’ve been encouraged to self-isolate. Not the most fun of times.Looking on the bright side, however, I’ve been able to spend more time with my family and I’ve been introducing them to board games. One of these games has [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:14:13+08:00May 22nd, 2020|Board Games, Items, New items, News, Reviews|