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Incan Gold

16 out of 17 gamers thought this was helpful

I bought this game for two reasons, based on the reviews below and on video reviews. First, I wanted a simple filler game that didn’t require much strategy but was fun and quick. Second, I wanted a game that would be fun with a small group of 2-3 and a large group of 8.

Incan Gold meets both these requirements in spades:
The basic victory condition is to have the most gems at the end of 5 rounds of play. The path to victory lies in exploring the creepy temple and avoiding traps while picking up every gem that lies in your path. The fun starts when you all simultaneously vote to either go deeper into the temple or decide to take your gems and scurry back to the safety of camp. If you go deeper flip a card over and it can be either a fixed number of gems that you split evenly with other brave explorers, a trap card that shakes your nerves a bit unless it is the second trap of the same kind which scares you from the temple causing you to drop all your loot and return to camp empty handed, or finally it could be a valuable artifact.

For those brave adventures that continue to explore great treasure awaits but also danger lurks around every corner as traps are quite common. For those that are more sensible and know when to get while the getting is good you can snag a few extra gems that were left on the ground as the exploration party went deeper, and if your the only one to head back to camp you get any artifacts that were along the path. But if your party are a bunch of cowards or greedy sneak thieves who turn back in a group no one gets the left over gems or artifacts.

This game is great no matter the group size, it plays quick since it is a simultaneous turn and the 5 rounds are fast. You hide your gems in your tent so that no one else can see the fortune you’ve amassed. At the end of the 5th round you count up all your loot and someone is declared the winner.

I would recommend this game to all ages, it is simple to teach and fun to play.

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97 out of 126 gamers thought this was helpful

I purchased this game as a quick warmup or filler on family game nights. I read reviews and got excited about how fast the game was and how simple to teach and play.

When it arrived our family of 3 opened it immediately and played about 5 games the first night. With just 3 players the game lacks any real strategy, the sheriff has to kill the renegade, the renegade kills the outlaw and the outlaw kills the sheriff. If you kill your targeted person you win, if not then it is a dual of the final two players to the death. In our first 5 games, which lasted an average of 3 rounds each we just did as much damage as possible to the person we’re trying to kill. It was fun to roll the dice but the gattling gun didn’t play a role and if it was quick enough arrows didn’t come into play. Typically healing wasn’t the major focus so it came down to rolling a ‘1’ or ‘2’ and dishing out damage. Hardly a challenge.

With that said we still enjoyed the time we played because of one fun element, the character cards and the unique abilities they had. That is the saving grace of 3 player games, hoping to get a character with an ability that will save you, like turning damage into arrows or being able to roll a 4th time.

I hope that playing the game with 5-8 people will open up the fun and strategy a bit more. The other reviews here seem to say just that. So I will not tell you to pass this one over, instead just be warned that 3 players is a bit cut and dry.

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Revolution!

7 out of 20 gamers thought this was helpful

We were introduced to this game at our local game shop and we tried it out while waiting for more people to gather for game night. There were 5 of us playing and it was a lot of fun.

This game for me was all about bluffing and calling others bluff. It was fun on both sides to bid and hope to get away with something. More often than not I’d misread someone and end up paying for it.

A simple to understand game (verbally taught to us in less than 5 minutes), we all caught on quick and ended up playing multiple games of it even after others started showing up.

I’d like to play it again, we may even pick up a copy.

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Hisss

6 out of 13 gamers thought this was helpful

When you are pulling your hair out after playing Candyland for the millionth time it is time to find something else (parents of 4-6 year olds know what I’m talking about). We found Hisss and love playing it with our little girl.

She gets so excited to pull the rainbow head or tail and complete a long snake. We play time and again and it is great to see her develop recognition of where pieces could be played and how things connect and then count to see who had the longest snake. It is easy to teach and after a few days we very rarely have to help her find where a piece can go. Sometimes we give her hints on how to link up snakes to make them longer and win them but otherwise she is completely independent.

Recommended for families with pre-K to 6 year old children who can’t stand the classic board games aimed at that age. Some of my other reviews are geared toward younger age kids, check them out.

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61 out of 83 gamers thought this was helpful

We have only played this game on it’s basic level with younger players (no vehicles or hot spots) but my daughter keeps coming back to it. We don’t setup the board like the rule book tells you to anymore because it got redundant. Instead it suggests to randomly place 3 explosions (without wall damage) and randomize the first 3 people to find. This makes the replay value high and while it isn’t my favorite co-op game we own it is constantly requested by my daughter.

Once she gets a bit older and understands other mechanics better we will start playing the regular game with her, when we play it with other adults it is a good time, a simple to teach, simple to play game that puts you all on a team.

This is a fun themed co-op for the whole family, after pandemic this is her most requested game followed by Sentinels of the Multiverse and Forbidden Dessert. Cooperative gaming rules in our house with younger kids.

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Telestrations

63 out of 99 gamers thought this was helpful

We play this mostly at family functions, people are always asking if we brought it and are eager to play. We’ve included kids as young as 8, who are able to read simple words and spell to some degree.
I get a kick out of watching my wife’s family play because they always seem to start laughing and not being able to stop for the entire game. As others have said, if you can play this game and not have a blast I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I usually try to mess with things a bit and make them corny just to get people going.
I would suggest you play it with 4 or more people as that gives a word enough time to get really screwed up. Other than that, you’d probably want to invest in an additional set of dry erase markers (we bought an 8 pack of colored expo markers) since the ones that come with the game don’t last that long.

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44 out of 75 gamers thought this was helpful

When we purchased the original pandemic last year based on reviews and looking for something different than candyland, monopoly, chutes & ladders, etc… I had no idea we’d all have so much fun with a cooperative game. This expansion just adds to the fun.

We have never played the bio-terrorist variant, instead enjoying cooperative play, but we have played both virulent strain and the purple mutation, we can’t get enough. When people ask us what we like to do and we explain we enjoy saving the world from diabolical viruses we get strange looks. When we invite them over and show them what we mean they get hooked. This is always a family favorite and makes it on the table regularly.

I’d say this is a must have expansion for the extra characters and the cool petri dishes to store your disease cubes in. The added purple virus makes this game a bit more challenging and a whole lot more fun and we love when the virulent strain throws a wrench into our plans.

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Castle Panic

87 out of 105 gamers thought this was helpful

Sometimes we don’t have the time or energy for a long cooperative family game. Sometimes we want a good laugh as the boulder mows down our final towers. Sometimes it isn’t about great combinations or well thought out strategy but instead about who can smash the monsters quicker. While we reserve this game for when my 8 y/o daughters friends come visit (or forbidden island since both are simple to teach and play) we enjoy getting our beat down on. Yes the game gets repetitive, and yes it does lose some of its replay value over time but when our moods are right and the monsters stack up because we have rolled the 4th 6 in a row we have a blast. We always get a kick out of this game, we always tease the person who draws the pick x more tiles and we have never spent more than 45 minutes on this game.

It is great for young kids, it can show them how sharing and thinking about others is beneficial for the team. Although to be fair my daughter is hesitant to trade if she thinks you’ll kill the boss and get the points instead of her.

I’d recommend this to families looking to just have fun for a night of gaming, when you aren’t so concerned about lack of strategy or if you can pull out that one card that will let you win but instead just want a good old fashioned beat down game.

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69 out of 77 gamers thought this was helpful

I asked my daughter to share her thoughts of the game first and I will round it out below:

“I love Tacyon, she does a lot of damage and she looks good. The game is fun and even though we’ve lost more than won I have fun. I can do the most damage of the team and when I use my burst cards the boss is going down.”

Overall she loves the game, she’s a big fan of superhero books and cartoons (Avengers, X-men, Justice League, Teen Titans, Ben 10…) so for her 8th birthday I had to give this cooperative game a shot. We have played it a few times in the last few weeks and she leaves all the heavy decisions up to me which is fine because some of the decks are somewhat complicated.

I have found Tacyon’s damage based deck has the simplest damage format and she is a female character so my daughter plays her, she’s also tried Wraith. She asks to play it almost every night but we don’t always have 60-90 minutes to spare. There is a lot of reading and card interactions and other game mechanics that are beyond her right now but she does understand doing damage and killing stuff and I help her figure out which cards/powers would do the most damage after all the modifiers are in. I think she may be a bit young for the game at 8 but she is catching on quick.

Okay, from a Dad’s perspective: I enjoy the game, cooperative has ruled in my household on game nights. I’ve been a fan of deck building games and this seemed like a happy medium for everyone to enjoy. It has tons of replayability. Once the Android App gets full up I’ll purchase it to help in tracking, all the decks and tracking pieces are nicely made. No real complaints.

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Forbidden Island

60 out of 87 gamers thought this was helpful

We got this game when our daughter was 7 because we were looking for a quick family game that we could all play. It was a bonus that it was cooperative. My daughter really enjoyed playing and trying to win before the island sank. We had to teach her not to be selfish and that she couldn’t always discover the treasure herself and that sharing cards helped the team. I think those were the best lessons.

As far as playing, it is simple to setup and teach someone how to play, even Grandma picked it up fast. Games usually last 30-45 minutes for us.

Now that we have forbidden dessert this game sits on the shelf more often than not but it was a great starter game and for younger kids I’d say go for it. The game pieces and box are all solid making it kid friendly (I wasn’t scared to let her shuffle the tiles).

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Forbidden Desert

55 out of 74 gamers thought this was helpful

My family plays this game at least once a month and always has a great time. Our 8 y/o daughter loves the game, especially putting together the airship. We recommend this game to our friends with younger kids (7+) as a perfect starter game to introduce cooperative family gaming.

We starting with forbidden island a few months before reading about this game and now when given the choice this game is always picked over forbidden island. Both games are great for us, it gives us a chance to let our daughter explore ideas of how we should best cooperate, it reinforces row/column logic for locating the hidden pieces, it gets tense and we only win about 50% of the time so we show her it’s okay to lose if your having fun.

Highly recommended for family play. As an older lifetime gamer it doesn’t exactly thrill me but watching her play and the laughs we get out of it when the storm blows our plans up is worth it.

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