Friday, January 30, 2015

Fun for the Third Time (x2)!

Designed by Nick Street and Martin Vaux
Published by Black Box Games
2 Players
30 Minutes
Strategic Card Placement Game
(8/10 Stars)

Lords of War: Templars versus Undead is the third installment from Black Box Games in their Lords of War series. I really enjoyed the previous ones and you can check out my review and more of the gameplay at this LINK. Templars versus Undead continues with the great thing that they started with. I really like the theme and artwork for this set and the few movement cards adds a nice change. Black Box Games just continues with the goodness too with a Weather and Terrain expansion and more packs coming out as well. Lords of War is definitely worth checking out and the Templars versus Undead is a fantastic addition or stand alone version of the game and that is How Lou Sees It!

Designed by D. Brad Talton Jr.
Published by Level 99 Games
2 Players
30 Minutes
Strategic Card Placement Game
(8/10 Stars)

The concept of Pixel Tactics really kind of blew my mind when I was first introduced. The game has so much replay value and so many choices to be had. Not only that, but they keep coming out with more and more amazing cards that just continue to add more variety and enjoyment. Pixel Tactics 3 is a great version or addition for anyone looking for a really fun 2 player strategic card game. I show you some of the cards in this new pack - and that is really just more to wet your whistle as they just funded a deluxe version and seem to have more on the way! Check out Pixel Tactics and I think you will enjoy it - Pixel Tactics 3 is a great deck of cards and the only thing you really have to worry about is too many choices. Pixel awesome and that is How Lou Sees It!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

What The Food?!

Designed by Peter Vaughan
Published by Squirmy Beast Games
3 to 8 Players
30 Minutes
Hand Management and Action Programming
(10/10 Stars)

How Lou Sees It's Best Party Game of 2014, What The Food?! is a game that took me by surprise. What The Food?! has a lot going for it; quick play time, fun artwork/theme, good range of players (3-8 players), great game mechanics, funny food combinations, huge variability, and even a fun little hamburger starting token!

The quality of the cards and starting token are great. The humiliation tokens are simple little plastic discs but work great. The different character cards and special actions fit the theme perfectly and I love the selection and variability in game play. The game is just so much FUN! Picking different food, toppings, and conditions to make just the right combo to throw at your friends. There is a great element of luck and bluffing, but to me this really is a perfect party type game. I give it a 10 out of 10 and that is How Lou Sees It!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dragon, Dragon, Magi

Designed by Robert Burke and Richard Launius
Published by Robert Burke Games and Grey Fox Games
2 Players
30 Minutes
Hand Management and Area Control
(5/10 Stars)

Absolutely LOVE the artwork for this game. For me, the theme and artwork is fantastic. The gameplay however seemed boring. Each player plays with the same dragon and battle cards (save a few advanced battle cards that you can add to your specific deck). The dragon stats were just too similar. Pixel Tactics uses same decks for each player and yet they can all be played so differently. Draco Magi felt very luck driven and I was just bored. 

The abilities of the dragons are themed well and the battle phase offers some interesting choices with combos and stacking attack cards. There is some element of bluffing as well. Even with all of that, I couldn't get excited about anything other than the beautiful artwork. Maybe I need some more plays, but it just didn't strike the right chord with me. I also did not like the immodest female on the cover - why didn't they just stick with the awesome dragon artwork?

This is definitely a well thought out game with amazing artwork, but I just didn't enjoy it and that is How Lou Sees It!