Last Week’s Gaming – February 11th, 2019

A group of Polar Bears On Tour along the Highway are simply Tales

I cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by.  While some may think that it’s only February, but 10% of 2019 is already passed.  Time passes quickly.

But another week and some more games made the table – including some new ones thanks to Alpal 🙂

Mythos Tales

Another case down for Mythos Tales, making us halfway through the cases.  I have had an interesting history with this game, but the second print run has indeed fixed up many of the problems and issues.

Or so I felt until this case.  Harls and I played the case and got incredibly stumped.  We technically ‘won’ the case based on the score, but obviously missed half the story.

In the end, it turned out to be a side effect of the increasing difficulty level we have seen through the cases, and that makes me very keen to finish playing this series when we can 🙂

Case 4 done and dusted. The difficulty has been ramping up nicely.

On Tour

As I have said a few times, 2018 was the year of the Roll and Write.  The massive surge in this game style has opened the door to some wonderful diversions and great game experiences.

On Tour is a twist on some old game mechanics, but repackaging known qualities can still lead to a fun yet challenging time.

Adding randomisation with a combination of cards and dice rolls, the replayability of On Tour is pretty high.  The quality components make gameplay a breeze, but I wonder if it pushes the asking price up too much in the process.

I feel thoughts and a review on On Tour coming in the future.

A possibly over produced roll and write, On Tour was still a great game

Rescue Polar Bears

Almost anything with a ‘social message’ is generally viewed at best as propaganda by many people.  This is sometimes understandable, but overall disappointing as many great messages are dismissed out of hand before being heard.

Rescue Polar Bears is such a game.  There is a strong message about Global Warming and its effects on the world but wrapped up in a Pandemic style cooperative game.

And it’s good.  True, there are better games overall, but Rescue Polar Bears will be overlooked as many as Climate Change propaganda by some.  I want a few more games, but expect a proper review once they are done.

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A very challenging cooperative game with a strong environmental message

Tokyo Highway

Having driven on many roads around the world, I have questioned many infrastructure decisions over the years.  There have been many times I have driven onto an offramp that somehow merges with an onramp and wondered ‘What clown designed this?’.

I may have found an answer if some of those designs came from watching people play Tokyo Highway.  An interesting dexterity game where luck and planning work hand in hand, there are complex strategies combined with an interesting filler experience.

Seemingly complex rules that are straightforward to implement can put off some people, but if you get the chance to try this game do it!

A fun and intriguing dexterity experience, Tokyo Highway is an intriguing experience

Kingdom Hearts 3

Oh Kingdom Hearts, you are so amazing even after all these years.

Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s not a perfect game.  I don’t think such a thing truly exists.  But everything that made the originals great remains in spades, and I am enjoying every minute of it.

I have fully finished a couple more worlds and jumped ahead a couple more.  Honestly story wise for the last couple of worlds has been a little wanting I think, but mid-game in an RPG is rarely the strongest area of play.

Each world has been fun and different though, so even through the ‘slow patch’ gameplay has been different and varied, encouraging just one more section to be played.  This pacing and variety is why I love the series, and I am glad it is intact in this newest version.

Loading screens are a play on Social Media uploads, and are fun to see - especially the hashtags!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

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