Posted Friday, 22-Dec-2017
Family games, science fiction games, and games to make you scared!
Compiled by Calvin Wong
Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative dice based board game where all players are trying to roll the correct symbols to go deeper into the temple, unlock doors, get rid of powerful curses, and of course… find the treasure!
The game comes with either a CD or an app which tells you when to perform special actions and letting you know when you’re about to run out of time and be trapped in the temple forever.
If you’re looking for a game that will have everyone laughing and screaming along in that plays in just ten minutes, look no further: Escape: The Curse of the Temple is your game
It’s time to get slipping and sliding all around the halls and get that yummy fish! But don’t let the hall monitor catch you!
Ice Cool is a fish barrel full of laugh as players compete to flick, spin, and jump their penguins away from each other in this dexterity-based board game. Featuring a three dimensional board that can be rearranged as you like, Ice Cool is filled with fun and laughter for all ages.
Hop! is a delightful family friendly board game of dexterity and strategy. Each player is a child who is trying to reach the top of the sky!
On your turn you must throw a rainbow to another player, who must catch it using only their index finger – but there’s always a twist! Perhaps the catcher must stand on their chair – or you as the thrower can only use your elbow. Or a third player is standing behind you making distracting noises at opportune moments! Playing Hop! is no easy task, especially if your balloons go POP at the wrong moment!
If you’re helpful, you can earn cloud tokens which give you extra points – but choosing who to help is a strategy in itself!
Do you love theme parks? Want to build one? Buy Steam Park!
In Steam Park you are in charge of a theme park for robots. Build kiosks, bathrooms, but most importantly – rides!
Steam Park is a board game of real time dice rolling, tableau building, and theme park building. Make sure your park doesn’t get too dirty, fill up your rides, and see who can make the most money!
Steam Park is a fast playing thrill ride that will have you up to speed on the theme park business is less time than it takes to fly down the first hill.
Would you like some soy sauce with that? How about a menu? A takeout box? No problem at all, madam!
Sushi Go Party! is a new, standalone Sushi Go card game. Draft cute sushi cards by taking one from your hand and then passing the rest around the table. The object of the game is to create sets of sushi by playing them to the table in front of you – but you have to make sure that other players don’t get the sets they need!
Sushi Go Party adds all new cards, support for up to 8 players, and a rotating selection of which cards to play with.
The first game in the “Crossroads” series of games from Plaid Hat Games, Dead of Winter has the players all controlling survivors in a colony within a world that has succumbed to a zombie apocalypse.
While other zombie-related games tend to focus on the zombies themselves, the Dead of Winter board game places more importance on staying alive, keeping the group’s morale up, and accomplishing tasks big and small. But beware, there is a chance one of the players is a traitor who may attempt to sabatoge the group’s efforts. Collect food and resources, fend off zombies, and do everything you can to survive.
Corporate secrets linger within the corridors of Raxxon’s abandoned headquarters and, even though the base is empty, it is not forgotten.
Fight a war in the shadows in Specter Ops Broken Covenant, an expansion for the science fiction board game of stealth and the hunt. Play as a lone agent stalking the shadows of the facility, or the hunters trying to stop the agent from achieving their goals. Rely on stealth and cunning – or teamwork and gadgetry.
Buy Specter Ops: Broken Covenant for a standalone game that nevertheless can be mixed in with your base set of Specter Ops for additional variety.
The old ones rise.
Tides of Madness is a card drafting game – a sequel to Tides of Time. Players attempt to collect sets of cards to build up their kingdom while denying those sets from your opponent – in Tides of Madness however, players must deal with accumulating insanity tokens as they collect the most powerful cards.
Having a high insanity count will give bonus victory points at the end of each of the game’s three rounds, but having too much madness will cause you to lose the game.
“Did you notice anything strange about the dog? Anything at all?”
The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 is a board game based on the cult classic horror film The Thing. Bent on assimilating Earth’s native species, the Thing infiltrates Outpost 31 and perfectly imitates a member of the crew.
Who is alien? Who is human? Play as one of twelve characters as you lead the investigation (with flamethrowers if necessary) to cleanse the infection at Outpost 31.
Buy The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 for a game of claustrophic paranoia and mounting tension in a chilling race to survive.
In war, not everyone is a soldier.
Trapped in a war torn city with dwindling food and battle raging all around you, This War of Mine is a co-operative board game about morality and survival, co-designed by one of the designers of the 2016 smash hit Cry Havoc.
Build beds, stoves, and water filters while encountering thieves, soldiers, and refugees. Will you help a family at the risk of starvation? Will you loot and steal from others in order to survive? This War of Mine is a world of grey morality filled with difficult decisions.
Based on the first person arena shooters of the late 90s, Adrenaline is a fast-paced game with no dice, euro-style mechanics, and plenty of fun!
In Adrenaline, players pick up weapons from the arena – from such classics as the rocket launcher and shotgun, to zany inventions like the cyberblade and the T.H.O.R. Being damaged isn’t a big deal as your character becomes stronger and faster – but watch your ammo and make sure to maximize your point scoring if you want to win!
An asymmetric card game of information warfare, Android: Netrunner is set in a dystopian cyberpunk future where megacorps rule the world and lone intrepid hackers must take down the system.
Featuring seven different factions and completely unique gameplay for both the Runner and Corp sides of the game, corp players must defend their servers from the hacking attempts of the runners while advancing their agendas. Employ private security, powerful firewalls, and less-than-legal methods to protect your information.
As the runner you must assemble your resources; makeshift programs, handshake deals, and custom hardware to subvert the corporation’s defense and bypass their network security protocols – while making sure not to take lethal damage either in cyberspace or in real life.
The Revised Core Set for Android: Netrunner for a perfect jumping off point into this living card game. Featuring a collection of cards from the Genesis and Spin cycle of expansions and new art, there has never been a better time to buy Android: Netrunner
FINALLY a dinosaur theme park management board game!
Dinosaur Island challenges its players to cook up dinosaurs from DNA, build a park, entertain guests, sell T-shirts, and make sure no one gets eaten. Designed by Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter, Wasteland Express Delivery Service) and Brian Lewis (Titans of Industry), players must compete to build the most thrilling Dinosaur Island and keep their guests alive and coming back for more.
Do you make a boring but safe pen of herbivores and maybe some roller coasters and a log flume? Or try and make a breeding pair of Tyrannosaurus Rex to bring in the big crowds? Buy Dinosaur Island to live your dream of managing a dino-based theme park!
New Angeles. Home of the space elevator. Richest city in the solar system. Home to the world’s largest and most powerful megacorps all vying for power and prestige – there’s where you come in.
Based partly on the gameplay of Battlestar Galactica and set in the universe of Android Netrunner, New Angeles is a board game of capitalism and corporate espionage. Compete with your fellow corporations to improve your bottom line, keep the resources flowing out of New Angeles, and most important – stop the city from falling into unrest and organized crime – lest the Federal Government step in and take over. But beware… one of you might be in league with the feds…
1000 years after the Gold Rush, humanity’s thirst for raw materials has only increased. The first artificial Pulsar has been created, and with it the ability to open the first space gate…
Draft dice to explore the universe in Pulsar 2849, a new board game from Last Will’s Vladimir Suchy. Add ships to your fleet, visit unexplored star systems, or advance your unique technology systems in this visually gorgeous euro-style game of space exploration and dice drafting
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