Rattus

Of all the animals out there, rats and their fleas are the only ones that managed to bring humanity to something that could have become an extinction event: the Black Death. Rattus lets you relive those fun days in the Middle Ages.

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Elfenland

This week we have a nostalgic look at Elfenland, a game about the invention of route planner software and a game from the US that made it to the German market before that was a common occurence.

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Dominant Species

Dominant Species is on the upper end of long and heavy games for us – not something you unpack at the end of the gaming night, just before people go home. There is a lot of depth and a lot of detail to explore here.

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Qwirkle

Qwirkle is one of those incredibly easy games. You explain it in about five minutes. Even on their first game, new players can grasp the strategy. Nevertheless, Qwirkle is a game that requires some thought – a combination that often doesn’t work out.

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Blokus 3D

It’s the trend of these last two years to slap a “3D” on everything and double the price. We now have 3D movies that no one ever asked for and that force you to do unnatural things with your eyes. We have 3D televisions just to watch those movies. And we have Blokus 3D.

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Blokus

Yet another easy, quick and very clever game: your only goal in Blokus is to place all your tiles on the board, and the only restriction is that they must touch your other tiles, but only by a corner. Oh, and three other people are trying to do the same and get in your way.

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Leaping Lemmings

If there’s anything everyone knows about Lemmings, it’s that they have suicidal tendencies and enjoy the occasional long walk towards a short cliff. That’s what six scientists thought when making a bet about whose lemmings would leap further. Initially, the rodents proved more sane than the scientists in question, but a few generations of genetic tampering later, the Lemmings were happily leaping. Or being eaten by eagles, dead is dead.

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Kingpin

Kingpin is a two-player strategy game about crime syndicates at war: with limited time, space and people you try to overrun the enemy’s HQ or take control of the central No Man’s Land. It’s not as easy as it sounds, there is more thinking involved than you might expect.

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Bazaar

Bazaar is a genuine classic: the first edition dates back to 1967, and it still has its fair share of followers today. It’s a game about buying carpets with different-coloured gems, which you either roll for or trade for others. But despite a theme being present, it’s more an abstract strategy game than anything else.

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Linja

A very short game, with rules that can be explained in about two minutes, materials you can carry in your coat pocket that still manages to look good and offers some depth? It does exist, and it’s called Linja.

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