USAopoly would like to announce the upcoming release of a new board game featuring the iconic video game franchise, Super Mario Bros.  Super Mario Level Up! is a board game that features a 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards and “?” Block Chips to offer an immersive, thematic experience reminiscent of the well-known video game experience.

The publisher’s website states the following about this release: “Join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top.”

Super Mario Level Up! is a game for 3-6 players ages 8 and up.  For more information about this release, visit the publisher’s website.

CMON, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK have entered into an agreement to be able to publish the worldwide, English language version of the game Banana Bandits.  This fast playing game is all about being the first to get three of the golden banana coins and become the new king of the Banana Bandits Gang.  The game will be played out on a 3D tower that you construct in the box, and has you doing simple actions like move, attack, grab coins, or draw cards.  Fighting is easy and is done with a roll of the dice, with the dice being modified by cards allowing for rerolls and the like.  Manage to grab two coins of different colors you can convert them into a golden banana coin, putting you one step closer to winning.  Once someone hits that mark of 3 coins the game is over, and they are crowned the new king.

The game looks good on the table with an impressive 3D tower and gorilla tokens that hang off the tower.  You can read more about the partnership in the press release below, and look for this game to hit shelves in quarter 2 of 2017.


CMON Limited, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK Ltd. Partner to Publish English Language Banana Bandits

CMON Limited, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK Ltd are pleased to announce they have entered into a licensing agreement for the exclusive, worldwide, English language rights to the upcoming game Banana Bandits. This fun, tactile, fast-paced game of ape action is sure to be a great addition to everyone’s collection and draw an eye or two thanks to its unique, 3D tower.

In Banana Bandits, players are vying to become the new leader of the Banana Bandits gang, a group of highly-trained, banana-loving, Gorilla Bandits. To do so, players will literally climb their way to the top of a unique, 3D cardboard tower, fighting with and stealing from other hopeful Bandits. Once a player has stolen enough Gorilla Coins and converted them into 3 Golden Banana Coins, they instantly become the new gang leader and win the game. To steal those coveted Gorilla Coins, the Bandits must attack each other using an intuitive dice system and various cards that will add bonuses during the fight. Each game is fast-paced, lasting around 30 minutes.

Kevin Kichan Kim, owner of Mandoo Games, says, “We’re so happy to work with CMON. We’re fans of their amazing projects and are excited to join in on the journey to bring Banana Bandits to the English speaking market.” David Preti, Creative Director of CMON, says “We’re excited to work with Mandoo Games to bring Banana Bandits to gamers’ tables. It offers a unique experience that is easy to pick up and has a fun presence on the table, like the recently released Potion Explosion. It’s perfect for the ever-expanding family of CMON board games.”

Banana Bandits will include a 3D Banana Bank Tower, 4 sets of Gorilla cardboard figures and tokens, 44 Gorilla Coins, 10 Golden Banana Coins, 8 dice, 40 cards, and 1 rulebook. It supports 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, and is due to release in Q2 of 2017.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more. Follow CMON on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Mandoo Games

Mandoo games is a Korean board games publisher and consulting company working with several game studios. Mandoo Games presented Rising 5, Slide Blast, Lucien & Edgar, Sherlock 13 and several other titles at Essen Spiel 2016.

About Capstone HK Ltd

Capstone HK Ltd is a game publisher located in Hong Kong. Capstone has developed several nice HK style games, such as Internal Affairs, Pinocchio and Wooolf!.


Not many games venture into the 3D realm beyond minis, but this game buys into it 100% and looks beautfiul.  Santorini, a game 30 years in the making, is an abstract strategy type game where you and an opponent (or opponents with the stretch goals) are gods trying to help build the most beautiful village in the Aegean sea.  On each turn you will move your characters and build buildings, trying to get your builder on top of a three story building to be declared the winner.  Play is super simple with only two actions, move a builder one space and then build a piece of a building on an adjacent space, where the strategy comes in is with the player powers, the domes, and the movement restrictions.  For the movement restrictions you can move on the same level and jump down any number of levels, but you can only move up one level, meaning you can get trapped if you have too many tall buildings around you.  As for the dome, when you build a fourth story on a building, instead of adding a building piece you can move onto, you add a dome, thus blocking off that spot for movement for the rest of the game.  The last bit of strategy comes in the form of player powers where you can prevent players from moving up a block for a turn, build twice, take a second turn when you build a dome, have alternate win conditions and more.  Gameplay lasts about 20 minutes so playing multiple times in a row is encouraged, and the simple rules means that you can play it with kids.

santorini comp

All the pieces of the game are beautiful and the 3D aspect of the raised island and building pieces along with the blue domes contrasting the white buildings means this game looks beautiful and will turn heads when you are playing it.  With a pledge amount of $65 CAD it is not a cheap game, but given the amount of plastic in the game I can understand the high price point.  So if you like two (or three) player strategy games like this and don’t mind the price, than head on over to the campaign page to pledge for your own copy today.

clue to die for

Perhaps the most well-known and successful movie about a board game was Clue (1985), a movie by Jonathan Lynn in which the houseguests and house staff work together to solve a mystery.  This year celebrates the movie’s 30th anniversary, and Gallery 1988 brings an entire collection of original collectible artwork for fans.  This collection includes prints, 3D wall pieces, and sculptures.

An announcement was made about this new collection here on slashfilm.com, or you can view the prints on the official Gallery 1988 website.