Fantastic Beasts: Perilous Pursuit
One of the games that is in our most played stack is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle (you can see our review HERE).
So, naturally, when we saw a new Co-op game from USAOpoly (now called The OP) set in the Harry Potter universe, we were already halfway to the checkout.
Fantastic Beasts:Perilous Pursuit is a Co-op game for 2 to 4 players based loosely on the Fantastic Beasts movie (which we quite liked).
It’s a dice-based game where each player takes on the role of one of the four heroes from the movie – Newt, Jacob, Tina, or Queenie – to try to capture beasts into Newt’s suitcase before they escape or kill the heroes.
Sound interesting? Then read on to learn more.
Setup: Each player takes one of the character boards and the associated cardboa...
When we aren’t making music, most of our board gaming time is spent with just the two of us. In addition, as we’ve been to conventions and other gatherings, we’ve heard over and over “well, if we play games, it’s just two of us – so how does it play two player.” This tells us we are not alone in wanting good two player games.
We are always on the lookout for great two player games!
Enter Jaipur – a two player trading game. Eh? What? How do you have a trading game with only two players?
In Jaipur, players are attempting collect and turn in sets of particular goods, such as Silver, Gold, Cloth, etc… The larger the set that is turned in, the more points.
The game is comprised of a deck of cards, which has six kinds of goods cards – Ruby, ...
One Deck Dungeon
There are plenty of Co-op games that play well as a two player experience, but Co-op games that are specifically built to be one or two player only are not currently very common. So when a two player “rogue-like” co-op game showed up on Kickstarter, we were intrigued. (Note: You can play this game with up to four players, if you have two copies of the game. More on that later.)
To make it even more compelling, it billed itself as a dice based dungeon crawl that can be played in about 30 minutes. It uses one deck of custom cards, a whole bunch of colored dice (DICE!!!), and a few wooden bits to track things… and it packs a lot of fun into that small set of parts!
To start, each player takes a character card from one of the five classes...
Updated 7/21/19 – see Travel section at the bottom.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
It is safe to say, we are big Harry Potter fans! But there have been quite a few Harry Potter themed games that have been nothing more than a slight re-theme of other games (Harry Potter Uno anyone?) or trivia games. These are fine for what they are.
Then Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle came along. When we were initially looking at the game, it went a bit like this:
Harry Potter game… not a re-theme – We’re interested.
Fully Co-op – Ok, Sign us up!
Deck Builder – Shut up and take my money!
With a sort of Legacy like progression – We can’t shove money at you any faster!
In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, each player takes the role of either Harry, Hermoine, Ron, or Neville (Team Neville FT...
Escape: The Curse Of The Temple
If someone were to tell you that a fairly simple 10 minute game could make you literally sweat, that it could make you walk away with an adrenaline high like coming off a roller coaster, would you believe them?
Yeah, I didn’t either.
Then I played Escape: The Curse Of The Temple – and now I understand.
In Escape: The Curse Of The Temple (I’ll just refer to it as Escape from here on) players take on the role of Indiana Jones-like tomb raiders that are working together to explore and escape a cursed temple. The catch is that the game is played in real time – there are no turns – to a 10 minute soundtrack. Players have only until the end of that soundtrack to get everyone out or the entire team loses.
Image from Queen Games website – it ...
Archaeology: The Card Game
NOTE – THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE FIRST EDITION OF ARCHAEOLOGY THE CARD GAME – THERE IS A NEWER ADDITION WITH UPDATED ART AND A FEW ADDITIONAL GAME MECHANICS. THE BASE GAME PLAY REMAINS THE SAME
I love reading about and studying history. The subject of Archaeology has always fascinated me, so this title jumped out to me. Unfortunately, the game only has a passing connection to discovering secrets of the past, but what it does have is a batch of fun light set-collection style game play.
For us, light card games are a weakness for our wallets. Games that are easy to learn, easy to play, easy to teach, and best yet, easy to carry with you are hard to resist. Archaeology is a great example.
In Archaeology: The Card Game players take turns “digging” by d...
Pandemic: The Cure
We (as in The Faithful Sidekicks) are big fans of Co-op games. If you are unfamiliar with Co-op games, they are games where all players are working together toward a single goal – either all players win together or all players lose together. Everyone combines their intellect and skills to defeat the game.
From our view, the game that really brought this genre of board games into the prime time is Pandemic. We love Pandemic so much, we wrote a song about it:
In Pandemic, each player takes on a role as a member of the CDC to try to keep the world from being overrun with disease...
Hey, That’s My Fish
There is a sweet spot in game design, in my opinion. A game that is intended to appeal to a wide audience should be simple to learn, simple to teach, have few rules, and should present interesting choices at every step.
Hey, That’s My Fish does that and more.
It’s quick to play (less than 20 minutes – most rounds I’ve played have been less than 15), quick to learn and teach, and appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes.
In Hey, That’s My Fish, players take on the role of penguins who are trying to (unsurprisingly from the title and art work) eat fish. The game is played on a field of hex-shaped pieces, each of which contains 1, 2, or 3 fish.
Players take turn placing their penguins and once all are placed, they move from hex tile to hex tile, eating f...