Here is the line of new Ravensburger Escape Puzzles, first available in Germany and now available in the UK.
Ravensburger are specialists in creating puzzles, and their recent Escape Room games, now available in the UK, have also proven to be a great success. Now, they’ve combined their best selling products to create Exit Room puzzles where players have to build a 759-piece puzzle using clues on, and in the box. Clues are given through QR codes, puzzle pieces, an in-box leaflet, and, if players are really desperate, a secret envelope in the box. All of the puzzles are designed for players aged 12+, with no limit on the number of players who can participate. The puzzles are 70 x 50 cm (27 x 20 inches) in size, and made from a strong, premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish.
In Escape Puzzle: Space Observatory, a huge fireball is racing towards the earth and players need to save the planet by assembling, then firing, a powerful laser within the observatory.
Escape Puzzle: Witch’s Kitchen has players find themselves in a witch’s woodland kitchen after eating a poisonous mushroom. They need to find the antidote and save themselves.
The Escape Puzzle: Temple scenario has players on a holiday trip to Asia where their guide takes them to an ancient temple. The players become weary, then get lost, and slip into the depths. They need to put together the puzzle, utilizing the clues, to escape.
If you love the smell of burning cottages in the morning, you’ve finally got the chance to burninate the universe with your favorite one-armed dragon in in Trogdor!! The Board Game. Fans of the web comic series Homestar Runner will get their fix of mayhem and destruction in a new game designed by James Earnest of Cheapass Games and the creators of Homestar Runner.
Starring Trogdor, the game is for 2 to 6 players who will cooperate to use the Wingaling dragon and cultist helpers to destroy the kingdom of Pleasantry by burning the cottages… and villagers. The playing field is a set of tiles laid out randomly each game. The players assume the role of the cultists who want to help Trogdor achieve this destruction. Each of the cultist ‘creepos’ has a different player power, such as moving in a different directly or taking a unique action.
Does this sound too easy? Well, there are also knights that are there to protect the villagers and make it much more difficult to torch things freely. Burninating the universe takes 30 to 45 minutes, making burninating much faster than most other methods of destruction.
The Kickstarter includes multiple backer levels that provide upgrades from wooden meeples to plastic minis and several options for deluxe (very deluxe!) storage boxes.
See the Kickstarter page and the BGG entry for more information.
USAopoly Inc. will soon release a game inspired by the upcoming live action fantasy film, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game. It will be an educational experience immersed in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academic principle.
USAopoly’s Creative Designer, Kami Mandell:
“This is all about working together as a team to come up with a great discovery. It’s all the things that you want as a [mentor] to instill in your children, which is how to work together and how to respect other’s opinions.”[source]
Players will have to work together as a team, as the main characters in the movie, to solve skill-focused puzzles across all the STEM spheres. Some of the games are aimed at children 8+ while others are aimed at young adults and fans of party games. Game pieces will feature scenes of the movie and will coincide with the movie’s release on March 9th, 2018.
Renegade Game Studios has announced that players everywhere will be able to shed the winter chill and go gardening on January 10th, 2018 when they officially release Topiary. The game is for 2-4 garden enthusiasts aged 10+ and plays in 15-30 minutes. Topiary is designed and features artwork by Danny Devine.
It’s a fabulously sunny day – the perfect occasion for folks to visit the new topiary garden on the outskirts of town! Nothing spells a relaxing weekend like enjoying sculptures created with the assistance of nature herself.
Topiary is an abstract strategy/puzzle game where players are positioning their visitors meeples along the edge of a topiary garden represented by a 5 by 5 grid of cards. Visitors will jockey for position to view the closest topiary sculpture and any behind that topiary along the same sight line that are larger than those in front. Visitors who are fortunate enough to to see multiple topiaries of the same type will score bonus points.
The garden can get quite crowded at times, though, so it’s up to you to make sure your visitors have a good experience with these beautiful botanicals. You’ll want to place your visitors in the best positions along the outer edge of the garden and rearrange the sculptures strategically to give your visitors the most spectacular view of the landscape!
Players slowly fill in the garden by placing tiles and visitors while manipulating sculputures.
A possible award season favorite, the game has already been nominated for the 2017 Italian Game of the Year. This will be the English North American release of the game originally released by Fever Games
What’s in the Box?
The game box contains:
- 40 Topiary Tiles
- 32 Visitor Meeples
- 1 Scoreboard
- 4 Scoring Tokens
- 1 Rulebook
Stronghold Games has scheduled a slew of new releases this November, including new games from frequently collaborating designer Friedemann Friese and expansions for some of its other popular titles. Visit the publisher’s page for more information.
FLEE, a new game utilizing the Fable System in Stronghold/2-F Spiele’s Fast Forward series.
Finished!, a new puzzle-style solitaire game.
Pursuit of Happiness: Community, an expansion for the life-building game Pursuit of Happiness that introduces the concept of local communities.
Flamme Rouge: Peloton, an expansion for the bicycle-racing game Flamme Rouge that introduces new tiles, a variant for solo play, and expands the base game up to 6 players, or even up to 12 players with each controlling one rider.
The Bottle Imp, a new version of the 1995 classic trick-taking game.
Embark on an adventure in a land where dinosaurs and humans live together, guide lost dinos safely to their farm, and create a remarkable story to tell.
Jason Heath, Game on 23rd founder and the author of Unstable, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Mr. Fossil’s Dino Farm. Inside the box, you will find four educational games full of cute dinosaurs that, while aiming to improve memory and develop imagination, expose children to the world of prehistoric creatures.
Apart from a memory game that asks brave adventurers to find all the different dinos, the package includes Dino Match during which players pair dinos together, two puzzles that invite children to explore Dino Farm and its surroundings, and, finally, a storytelling game inviting everyone to be creative (or just plain silly) in order to illustrate what happens to the dinos.
Mr. Fossil’s Dino Farm is scheduled to arrive to backers in July. The basic pledge includes 9 board tiles, 9 story cards, 4 character cards, and 24 dino cards. Among the additional pledge rewards is also an expansion package that contains more dinos and story cards. If you are interested, you can find more information on the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.
If you are like me, you don’t know who Ceaco is, but I bet your know their game division, Gamewright. Ceaco is the larger company that includes within it both Gamewright and Brianwright, the first making games and the second making brain teasers and other logic puzzles. But today we are talking about Brainwright and the additional puzzles that will be debuted at the New York Toy Fair this year. First is Loyd’s15 – The Block and Roll Puzzle, this is the classic sliding block puzzle but this time with marbles and a twist, there are invisible walls inside the box. This means you can’t solve it like you usually do and have to figure out new ways to get the marbles where you want them to be.
Next is Dog Pile – The Pup- Packing Puzzle, this is a fit pieces on a board type puzzle similar to FITS where you are trying to fit a bunch of dogs onto a set grid. There are lots of dog pieces to choose form so you won’t always use them all, but with 48 different puzzles you will be using all of them at some point.
Last is QBoid – The 1-2-3 Pocket Puzzle, just think of this as a Rubik’s cube, but only shaped like a football. Mix up the sides and then twist and turn to try and put it all right again.
Be on the lookout for these new puzzles and others at the NY Toy Fair on February 18th to the 20th.
One thing that we all do is eat. So why aren’t there that many food games out there? Rule & Make is setting out to fill the need for food games with their new game, Burger Up.
Burger Up, now on Kickstarter, is a 2-4 player card game where players try to build the biggest and best gourmet burgers. Players purchase ingredients, play them on their burgers, and score their burgers by fulfilling specific orders in the form of Top Buns. Each ingredient card is double sided, so players choose which ingredients to place – but the ingredients also specify what type of ingredient must be used next, which brings in a puzzle aspect to the game. Players can also choose to renovate their restaurants.
The Kickstarter copy of the game will include an exclusive first player drink coaster (that actually works as a coaster)! If you want a whole set of coasters, you can also get them as add-ons. The Kickstarter also gives an opportunity for you to get previous games from Rule & Make: Entropy, Ninja Dojo Fight!, and Robots & Rockets.
Check out the Kickstarter page here.
In a previous article, we talked about Split Second Game’s new game Paradox, a game where a space-time disturbance called The Quake is removing entire worlds from existence. Now Paradox is live on Kickstarter, complete with a bunch of stretch goals with new scenarios!
Paradox is a sci-fi puzzle game where players are scientists trying to repair the worlds’ time connections by playing and score timeline cards. But each time, they create a space-time disturbance and fracture other worlds.
Paradox takes familiar boardgame elements such as card drafting, set collection, and resource management, then adds a Bejewelled-like grid of colorful disks for each player to manipulate, along with a universe of worlds that must be protected by game’s end. As a result, Paradox presents players with a unique experience that is simple to learn yet challenging to master as players navigate three interlocking systems to protect these worlds from the chaotic forces of the Quake.
The art is also fantastic – the cards are illustrated by 15 different artists, and the illustrations line up to create panoramic pictures with all the possible time-periods mashed together.
Check out the game’s Kickstarter page before July 26! The page includes additional information including the beta rulebook and some reviews.
Split Second Games
has announced their June 26th Kickstarter for Paradox
, an innovative, multi-dimensional, sci-fi puzzle game where players take on the role of scientists to repair the timelines (past, present, and future) of various worlds.
From the press release:
In the near future, a space-time disturbance referred to only as The Quake is fracturing entire worlds’ timelines and removing these worlds from existence. Players take on the roles of scientists working quickly to repair these worlds’ connections to their past, present, and future by making new time strands — however, every repaired connection ripples through time and fuels the Quake to fracture more worlds. When the storm’s power fades, the most successful scientist will be hailed as a hero throughout the multiverse.
Paradox takes familiar boardgame elements such as card drafting and resource management, then adds a Bejewelled-like grid of colorful disks for each player to manipulate, along with a universe of worlds that must be protected by game’s end. As a result, Paradox is simple to learn yet challenging to master as players navigate three interlocking systems to protect these worlds from the chaotic forces of the Quake.
In addition to the unique mechanics, there is also great artwork – the illustrations on the cards line up to create a panoramic picture when the cards are arranged in order.
Paradox is a family-friendly game for 2-4 players, and it’s about 20 minutes for player. It has streamlined play for casual audiences as well as challenging options for strategy gamers.
With the fantastic artwork and the innovative mechanics, it’s clear there was a lot of thought put into this game, and it’s worth checking out when it comes to Kickstarter on June 26th! For more information, visit Split Second Games’ website
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