I tested a new collection of board games for you

Spotify throws itself into the gaming market, Care Bears become care dragons and why wouldn’t Little Red Riding Hood and Beowulf want to kill each other in a board game? Five games of the new generation have been tested for you.

Gert de Weyer

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Like no other: Little Red Riding Hood vs. Beowulf

Whether they come from mythology or popular culture, V.I Unmatched Famous characters fighting with each other. They are crazy crossover duos. King Arthur and Medusa seem most compatible as antagonists, a little far from home are duos like Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot and Little Red Riding Hood vs. Beowulf.

The first game, in which Medusa, King Arthur, Sinbad and Alice from Wonderland fight against each other, was released in September 2019 to great acclaim. Duo games followed later, of which Dutch game publisher White Goblin Games had already released three.

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How could such a well-behaved Little Red Riding Hood rival the legendary main character from the early Anglo-Saxon poem of the same name, you wonder? Make no mistake: the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale character—depicted on one card as an aggressive-looking child with a knife between her teeth and a cleaver in her basket—is no gloveless kitten with an arsenal of weapons to tell you.

just to say; Beowulf defeated a monster, Little Red Riding Hood. In terms of action and horror, both are fine.

It takes some time before you understand the fairly obvious rules of the game and, above all, apply them. But then this becomes a lively, fluid, accessible twenty-minute game per game. It’s nice if all the chests are interchangeable and you can, for example, let Little Red Riding Hood from one chest compete against Robin Hood from the other.

The quality is also high in terms of design. You fight in miniatures while cleverly drawn and designed cards let you go on a gloomy adventure smoothly and atmospherically. heel, killed and destroyed in style!

learning time: 30 minutes
Number of Players: 2 (or 4 for the other games in this series)
age: 13+
game time: 20 minutes
price: 29.95 euros

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killer

Being a fan of more strategic games also has its drawbacks. For example, it takes some time before you prepare such an extensive board for the game, while the game time can increase significantly. So there’s nothing wrong with a game that’s already a ready-made gamepad. This is the case with killer. You play it almost literally between soup and potatoes and the game takes about fifteen minutes.

To be clear, this is what is called a party game in this popular game genre 30 seconds or party and co. The goal is to have a party instead of strategically striking your opponents with complex decisions.

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Music is key in this game. But it’s not just a round of guesswork. in a killer Guess especially the 300 card years included. You scan a barcode on one side of the card, and then each card plays a song on Spotify. The goal is to place ten cards on a timeline as quickly as possible. It seems simpler than effectively dedicating a song from the ’80s to the ’80s. From – let’s say what – “smoke gets in your eyes” by the dishes, “I can’t help myself” Of the Four Tops then Lady Gaga’s Pokerface is lucky. After all, 1958, 1965, and 2008 are far apart, and there is a sea of ​​possibilities in between. But the more cards and songs, the closer the years will be to each other. The songs are well known, although the abundance of Dutch songs, previously unknown to us, is annoying and the barcode of at least two tickets gives the wrong song.

Whoever knows the artist and the title of his picture wins a medal with which you, if you really think you know better than your opponent, can get another card.

Plus: you can play it with two to ten people, and those who hardly have any knowledge of music should not despair immediately: the chance that you will still win is definitely there, although you should not organize an evening with music nerds. An unexpectedly nice snack, although there are very few cards in such a box, and therefore you can talk about an expensive game.

learning time: 10 minutes
Number of Players: 2-10
age: 16+
game time: 15 to 30 minutes.
price: 24.99 euros

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Wingspan: Asia

We haven’t had this time in two years Wing extension on this list? Yes, guilty! But this game continues to raise the mood, and based on the countless expansions, it is far from finished. After designer Elizabeth Hargreaves has put North American birds at the heart of the award-winning native game since 2019, the expansions follow around our winged friends from Oceania and Europe – each with their own, often novel food counters (berries, fish, grains, …) and approaches. .

Other than that, it was mostly more of the same thing. Perhaps because the formula has been gradually exhausted, this brand new Asian version, which only hit the shelves this month in Dutch, brings interesting novelties. 90 new bird cards and 14 additional cards mean little compared to two new modes: Duo and Swarm mode. The latter is particularly interesting because you can play it with seven people and there is more interaction. Please note: This game can take up to 2 hours to complete.

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We can’t laugh: players have to get the nectar for this, and for that you need the dice from the Oceania expansion. Do you feel cheated for that? Rightfully so, because it wasn’t difficult and expensive to add those gems to such an expensive game. Greed. The same game box also indicates that a base game is required for this expansion.

Yet it remains And they give birth to Asia It’s a great tactical game that’s well-suited for people who – we’re speaking from experience – can’t appreciate it so much that you’re going to spar with them in a game. Honestly, this is not a game where you can both shake each other down. You can only be angry with yourself when you put your eggs in the wrong basket – and that’s not just talking style.

learning time: 40 minutes
Number of Players: From 1 to 7
age: 13+
game time: 40 to 70 minutes.
price: 44.99 euros

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flamecraft

“Adults too” It looked a little fishy when we saw the cute little dragons with soft colors on and inside the box. Once the playmat is rolled out, and the crafting dragons and town shops are in place, we can activate or enchant the dragons with one goal: As a flame keeper, a specialist in communicating with dragons, crown yourself. flamecraftmain – master. You can do this with Reputation, Goods, and special Dragon and Magic cards.

There is definitely something in this Placement of workersGame designer Manny Vega, but we can’t ignore the high-care bear content. This has to do with Sandara Tang’s artwork being very cute, even very childlike, rendered. Furthermore, each dragon is supposed to represent something, but their personalities are hardly ever shown. The big question was also removed. What we mean is: You revitalize the collections of dragons and dragons that bake, mold and sew in town shops, but why? And how? What are those animals doing there? We also missed the meaning of the flame guard, which somewhat gnawed at credibility.

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Conclusion: a good game, but a bit sketchy; It is too difficult for children to play on their own and too young to be attracted by adults. Very mixed feelings, but suitable for those who are looking for a fun family game where adults and teens can play together.

learning time: 35 minutes
Number of Players: From 1 to 6
age: 12+
game time: 60 minutes
price: 49.95 euros

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Calmness and tranquility

Need a quiet and accessible card game? Probably Calmness and tranquility by James Emerson Then there is something for you. In this co-op game, you hop aboard the ship Tranquility to sail to Paradise Island. You just lose the sense of time because the ocean you so easily walk from day to night – and so the game box warns – you quickly lose the sense of time you just need to find your island.

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Bottom line: Fill the playing field of 36 open spaces with cards from the eighty island cards in ascending order. This looks easier than it is, but co-op happens in silence, and getting to the finish line depends on your playmates’ choices. In the meantime, you also have to get rid of a lot of cards.

The game might be a bit simple, but it gets more exciting when you bring the included sea monster and rock cards. One missing card can make the game unwinnable. Making smart and accurate decisions pays off. A real snack.

learning time: 20 minutes
Number of Players: From 1 to 5
age: 8+
game time: 20 minutes
price: 14.95 euros

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