Down the Castle to Istanbul for the Party
It looks a little light on gaming this week, and in a lot of ways, it was. PAX Aus is less than three weeks away, and I start driving to Melbourne in less than two!
I got the chance to do a few different things which have been amazing, and I will talk about all that in detail as soon as I can. On to what I got to play last week!
Istanbul the Dice Game
Istanbul the Dice Game is a rare treasure for me. Normally when you have a ‘The Dice Game’ version, some artwork and terms are reused but the game just feels completely different.
Not so with Istanbul. In the time it takes to teach and play the first game of Istanbul the Dice Game, you are starting to take a new player into the opening rounds of Istanbul the Board Game.
At the end of both games, each player is working out what they could have done differently to get that extra ruby ahead – even though the play mechanics are completely different!
I am always up for a round or two or Istanbul the Dice Game.
I spoke about Dragon Castle in last week’s game list, and another couple of rounds were played.
With all of us getting into the swing of the game and some scoring strategies in play, the games are still just as fun as when we were still learning.
So far we have only played the maximum four players, but there will be some time set aside to play two and three players for a final review coming in the near future.
Ahhh Downforce. The most versatile simple racing game I know.
Restoration Games has hit it out of the park so far, and there is no reason I have to never play Downforce. It’s quick, easy to teach, and always fun.
I have heard a few people coming down on Downforce as being too simple or not strategic enough, and this is a valid viewpoint. If you are looking for a deep experience like Formula D, Downforce isn’t your game.
But for me and my game group, Downforce is a safe fallback that will be on the games list for a long time, and new tracks mean it will have centre stage fairly regularly as well.
Super Mario Party
I haven’t played Mario Party for ages, and even then it was only a couple of goes with one other player.
With the Switch though I am looking forward to a couple of party nights in the future. I played it only on the Switch screen and found it a little hard to see, so I am thinking this is definitely a game you should play docked to a TV.
There have also been a few complaints about the controls only working away from the Switch. I played a few mini-games that required quite a bit of motion and hitting the L and R buttons at the same time. The twisting the whole Switch while the Joy Con is connected would lose you the screen and be very awkward to play!
If anyone complains about having to use a Joy Con, I think they may be missing the point. Yes, using the Joy Con as a mini controller is not entirely natural, but if my big hands can do it in the short bursts Super Mario Party asks of you, I don’t really see what the fuss is about.
Can’t wait to play this with two or three others, and this will definitely be on the PAX Aus play list!
Until next time,