Blue Orange Games

Board Game Geek has reported that Asmodee has acquired the worldwide publishing, commercial and brand rights to the popular game Spot It!  They have been releasing the game under it’s original name Dobble since 2010 and will now have worldwide ownership of the game. With their prior acquisition of Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flight Games Asmodee is certainly making a large presence in the board game community. You can read the full article on BoardGameGeek.com here.

Blue Orange Games, publisher of games like Spot It! and Doodle Quest, will be releasing 4 games through April and May.

The games releasing in April:

Sushi Draft

This is a card drafting game where players aim to score the most points by eating the most of different types of sushi. Each turn, you will choose one of your sushi cards to eat, pick a card to keep keep in your hand, and pass the rest to the next player. This will continue until each player eats five sushi. Each player collects score chips after each round and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. The game is for 3-5 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in 15-20 minutes.

Components:

  • 32 Sushi cards
  • 18 Score chips
  • 1 Rules book

Attila

This is a chess-like abstract game for 2 players, ages 7 and up. In this game each player is trying to trap the other by scorching the earth with flaming arrows and strategically positioning their troops in a way that leaves the opponent’s troops with nowhere else to run.

Components:

  • 6 Knight Tokens
  • 14 Scorched Earth tiles
  • 2 Small game boards
  • 2 Large game boards

The games releasing in May:

Armadora

The objective of this game is for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, to steal the biggest portion of gold from the dwarven mines. The play time is about 30 minutes long, and players will be able to choose from 5 of the classic fantasy archetypes: orcs, goblins, wizards, and elves.

Components:

  • 64 Warrior tokens
  • 4 Reinforcement tokens
  • 6 Special power tokens
  • 40 gold cubes
  • 32 Palisades
  • 4 Games screens
  • 1 Game board

Dragon Run

This is a press-your-luck game, designed by Bruno Cathala, in which players are going through a dungeon in hopes of being the one with the most gold in the end. In each turn you will have thee actions to choose from:

  1. Charge: blindly into a room that may contain treasure or the dragon.
  2. Sneak: throw some treasure to distract the dragon, and try to hide in the shadows.
  3. Cry like a baby: Stay where you are and surrender some of your treasure for the rest of the turn.

In order to win you not only have to have the most gold in the end, but you must also escape the dungeon unscathed. The game is for 2-5 players, ages 8 and up, and it plays in 15 minutes.

Components:

  • 10 Location cards
  • 28 Treasure cards
  • 1 Ten-sided die
  • 1 Dragon tile
  • 1 Dragon token
  • 7 Character cards

 

Blue Orange Games has announced that they will be showing off their new European Games Collection.  Many titles within this new collection are new with a few seminal favorites.  This collection is their way of showing that they are committed to the hobby game market.  While known for their light family fare with titles such as a Spot It they do want to appeal to the the more “gamery” market.

After having tested the market in the US for some of their heavier titles last year 5 titles including Braverats, Niya, and Battle Sheep they will be bringing over 7 additional titles to start the collection off.

“We are excited to bring the best “gamer” games from Europe through our Blue Orange Europe product line with games from famous game designers such as Seiji Kanai, Bruno Cathala, Bruno Faidutti, and Charles Chevallier.”

“Last year, we tested the waters by bringing over a few of the games from Blue Orange Europe such as Battle Sheep, Niya and BraveRats. When we saw how overwhelmingly positive the response was for these games, we decided to bring other games to expand further, and offer even more games in this spirit.”

– Martin Marechal, VP of Sales and Marketing.

They have stated that this line of games should be available in Spring 2015.

Publishers descriptions below

Longhorn

designed by Bruno Cathala

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

Longhorn is a 2 player strategy game. You and your opponent play as two rival bandits, trying to make the most money from stealing longhorn cows and valuable gold nuggets. Each turn, you will take all of the cows of one color from your current location, and then move the same number of spaces away to a new location. The trick of the game is that each time you take a cow of a certain color, it will reduce the value of ALL cows of that color. So if you get too greedy, and forget to diversify your cow portfolio, you might end the game with a pile of worthless livestock.

Niya

designed by Bruno Cathala

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

Niya is a 2 player abstract strategy game where your objective is to match the patterns in the garden tiles in order to arrange 4 of your tokens into formation (or leave your opponent with no legal moves remaining). Each turn, you will choose to place one of your tokens, in the place of a tile in the garden by matching one of its patterns with one of the patterns on the previously removed tile. The first player to arrange 4 of their tokens in either a straight line or 2×2 square wins the game.

Dragon Run

designed by Ludovic Barbe & Bruno Cathala   NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 5 Players

Dragon Run is a push your luck game where players take the control of a group of adventurers, who after a long and profitable journey into the depths of a dungeon, are startled to realize that they are not alone. The dragon has awoken and is eager to protect her treasure! Each turn, you will choose to either charge forward into the dungeon in search of new treasure, or advance cautiously to try and avoid the dragon’s detection. Escape with your life while still carrying more treasure than your opponents to win the game.

Wakanda

designed by Charles Chevallier  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

Wakanda is a 2 player totem pole building game. Your objective is to build and claim the totem poles worth the most points at the end of the game. Each turn, you will have to choose between increasing the value of one of the available totem poles, or claiming it as your own. Totems only score points if you can also claim the corresponding village tiles. So play smart, and build totem poles that will honor the old gods.

Armadora

designed by Christwart Conrad  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players

Armadora is a 2-4 player area control game. Your objective is to claim the biggest portion of the dwarven gold mines. Each turn, you will choose to either place one of your tokens facedown to claim territory, or place a palisade to divide existing territories in two. The player with the highest strength in each territory wins its gold at the end of the game. The player with the most gold wins.

Gobblet

designed by Thierry Denoual

Ages 7 to Adult / 2 Players

Gobblet is a 2 player strategy game similar to the classic game of Connect 4. Your objective is to line up four of your pieces in a straight line – but it’s not so easy! The twist is that pieces come in 4 different sizes, and bigger pieces can be placed on top of littler ones (gobbling them up!). You will need a clever strategy and a good memory to remember where your opponent’s pieces are hiding while cleverly positioning your pieces on the board!

Attila

designed by Bruno Faidutti  NEW

Ages 7 to Adult / 2 Players

Attila is a 2 player abstract strategy game, where your pieces move like the knights in Chess. However, your objective in Attila is NOT to capture your opponent, but rather you must outmaneuver him, trapping his pieces with no moves remaining. Each turn, you will move one of your horsemen, then let loose a flaming arrow, adding an impassible scorched earth token to the modular game board. The first player no longer able to move his pieces loses the game.

BraveRats

designed by Seiji Kanai

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

BraveRats is a 2 player bluffing game. With only 16 cards, this “micro game” sure packs a lot of punch. Originally called “R” in Japan, BraveRats is now refreshed with new art and a beautiful tin carrying case. This clever twist on the classic card game of War will have you playing several games back to back, and each playthrough will add new complexity to your understanding of both the game AND your opponent.

Crab Stack

designed by Henri Kermarrec  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players

Crab Stack is an abstract strategy game for 2-4 players where your objective is to trap your opponents by moving your crabs on top of theirs, and washing them away with the waves. Players control 3 different sized crabs, each with their own movement rules. Each turn, you will move one crab to a new location, trapping whatever is underneath it. And stay alert! If you ever create two separate groups of crabs, the smaller one will be washed away and removed from the game board. The last player still able to move one or more of his crabs wins the game.

Wink

designed by Fred Krahwinkel  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 4 to 8 Players

Wink is a hilarious party game that will plunge you deep into an atmosphere full of crazy laughter, awkward stares, and a healthy dose of paranoia. Each turn, you will try to covertly wink at your new secret partner without being detected by the other players. Keep your eyes wide open, because if you catch an opponent in the act of winking you can use one of your Accuse Cards to steal their points! The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Battle Sheep

designed by Francesco Rotta

Ages 7 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players

Battle Sheep is a 2-4 player strategy game where your objective is to outmaneuver your opponents’ sheep and take control of the biggest portion of the playing field. Each turn, you will move your herd by dividing one of your stacks of sheep into two stacks, and moving the new stack in a straight line as far as it can go – hopefully trapping your opponents’ sheep in the process! The clever rules on movement make traveling across the board an interesting challenge, and the modular game board ensures each game feels fresh and exciting.

Sushi Draft

designed by Takahiro  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 3 to 5 Players

Sushi Draft is a card drafting game, where your objective is to eat the sushi worth the most points at the end of the game. Each turn, you will pick one card from your hands, one card to keep, and then pass the rest of your cards to the next player. At the end of each round, the player who ate the most of one type of sushi wins that corresponding scoring chip. And whoever ate the most VARIED menu (of different types of sushi) wins the coveted Dessert chip. The player with the most points at the end of the 3 rounds wins the game.

 

Blue Orange Games is going to release two new games soon:

braverats

R, The Original BraveRats

This is a reprint of the original 2012 Japanese version. It will feature the original packaging and art from Noboru Sugiura, a long-time collaborator of the game’s designer, Seiji Kanai. Kanai has designed other small card games like Lost Legacy and Love Letter.
In BraveRats both players have a hand of eight cards, numbered 0 to 7, with each card having a special power. Each player chooses a card and they reveal them simultaneously. The highest card wins and whoever wins four rounds first wins the game. This is a 2 player game for ages 8 and up, and plays in under 10 mins.  This has a projected February release date.

Components:

  • 16 cards
  • 1 illustrated rules

Crabstack 1

Crab Stack

The object of this game is to immobilize your opponent’s crabs. You do so by landing on them or washing them away by separating them from the group.
Each crab moves a number of spaces according to their size but can only end their move on a piece their size or smaller. The player with the last crab able to crawl wins the game. This is a 2-4 player game for ages 8 and up, and plays in 15 minutes.  This has a projected March release date.

crabstack 2

Components:

  • 36 crab tokens
  • 1 game board
  • 1 illustrated rules

Blue Orange Games has announced two new editions of their very popular Spot It! line of games.  Below is the press release from the publisher.

Spot It! Gone Camping

spot it camping

Ah, the great outdoors! Open skies, a crackling fire and a rousing game of Spot it! to keep your eyes peeled and your reflexes quick. You never know when your may spot a bear!

Spot it! is a one-of-a-kind card game for every generation. It consists of 55 circular cards each decorated with eight symbols varying in size and orientation. Here’s the catch: there is always one and only one matching symbol between any two cards. Spot it to win! Race to find matches between gear, critters, nature, and more. Whether you’re cozy in a cabin, roughin’ it in a tent, or just in your own back yard, Spot it! Gone Camping captures everything you love about camping out.

Players can choose from five mini-games with different rules and objectives. In some you race to collect cards, in others you try to get rid of cards. The action moves fast and everyone plays at the same time. The sturdy little game tin is easy to take along on all your adventures and guarantees instant fun!

2-8 players
Ages 7+

Contains:

  • 55 cards
  • Illustrated Rules

Spot It! Holidays

spot it holidays

Blue Orange’s most popular game is all decked out for the holidays!

The cards come in a travel-friendly tin, perfect for stocking stuffers. From Snowman to Candy Cane, each card is decorated with an assortment of festive symbols. What better way to spend the holidays than by playing Spot it! with your friends and family!

2-8 players
Ages 7+

Coming in May from Blue Orange Games

attack

Aztack

Journey to the age of the legendary Aztecs and build a temple to win the favor of the high priest. Players stack inscribed stones according to the divine law: the stones must match the ones beneath by color of Aztec glyph. Look for opportunities to block your opponent from stacking their stones. Wise choices and strategic moves will help you stack the most stones to rise to the top of the top of the Aztack.

For 2 to 4 players, ages 7 and up with a play time of 15 minutes.

battle sheep

Battle Sheep

Opposing sheep herds go to head to fluffy head in a strategy game the whole family will love. The goal is to occupy the most pastures with your sheep. On their turn, players split a stack of their sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. Watch out for sneaky sheep and plan your moves carefully to fence out your foe! A different playing board is assembled before every game, so Battle Sheep is full of new challenges every time you play!

For 2 to 4 players, ages 7 and up with a play time of 15 minutes.

brave rats

Braverats

In the Highlands of Medieval Scotland, an epic battle is taking place underfoot! Rivaling rat clans clash in a bid for the throne in this fast take on the card game War.

Both players have a hand of eight cards, numbered 0 to 7, with each character on the card possessing a special power. In a calculated duel, both players reveal a card. The victory goes to the higher number, unless the special power overrules. The first player to win four rounds claims the kingdom for their clan. This minimalist wonder plays in just minutes but packs rich game play and plenty of suspense.

 For 2 or more players, age 8 and up, and a play time of 15 minutes.

WuzzIts

Enter the wacky world of WuzzIts and watch to see what they morph into next! Clever choices and a sharp eye are rewarded in this fun monster match up.

The WuzzIt population is divided in five families, but the mischievous WuzzIts like to combine with each other to create a confusing cast of characters. The right moves will help you match up the monsters.

On each turn, players choose one of their top or bottom cards to exchange for a surprise card. Playing is easy, but victory is tricky. Round up the most WuzzIts to win!

 For 2 to 4 players, age 6 and up, and a play time of 20 minutes.

doodle quest

Doodle Quest

Dive below the deep blue sea where there’s fish to gobble, treasure to discover, and divers to save! You will complete each quest with the power of your pen, drawing your way through underwater scenes on the quest cards. But it’s not that easy!

Players draw on separate transparent sheets and must trust their eyes in order to meet targets and avoid obstacles.

This unique drawing game includes 36 illustrations and two levels to master. The bait of the challenge hooks kids for hours of fun!

 For 1 to 4 players, age 6 and up, and a play time of 20 minutes.

niya

Niya

In Japan’s Imperial Garden, courtly manners and nature’s beauty veil a dark political conspiracy among two influential clans.

On each turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their clan tokens. The next player can only exchange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the previously chosen tile. The first to position their clan in a row, square, or blockade will win control of the garden…and power at court!

A simple yet sophisticated abstract strategy game, Niya captivates players young and old.

 For 2 players, ages 7 and up, and a play time of 10 minutes.

spot it freeze

Spot It: Freeze

Everyone’s favorite card game has gone sub-zero! Spot it! Freeze pits players against an electronic timer and heats up the match fueled frenzy with three new games. Players race against the clock to spot matches between temperature-charged symbols, all while looking for their chance to freeze their opponents.

Depending on the game, the timer can grant an advantage or cause a hair-pulling drawback. Beat the freeze to win! The handy timer opens up to store the playing cards.

 For 2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up, and a play time of 15 minutes.

spot it splash

Spot It: Splash

Make a splash wherever your adventures take you with the durable waterproof version of Spot it! Surf and sand are no match for the waterproof playing cards, so you can play all five game variations any time, any place. Spot the match between the most card combinations to win!

No matter where you play, the summery symbols will put everyone in the mood for fun in the sun.

Stash the cards in the waterproof travel bag and soak up the excitement on the go!

 For 2 to 8 players, age 7 and up, and a play time of 15 minutes.