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Go to the Ugg-Tect page

Ugg-Tect

32 out of 35 gamers thought this was helpful

We only played this once and it is a complete party game. It is made better if your inhibitions are curbed in a liquid way or if you can grunt and smash without worrying about how silly you look.

The Ugg-Tect takes the club and a design card to instruct his fellow cave-workers in what monument they are building today. The Ugg-Tect and cave-workers communicate with each other using a reference card that outlines specifically what actions and sounds they can use. If your cave-worker does what you want you grunt and hit him over the head with the giant inflatable club. If they do something wrong you hit them twice. If you mess up you hit yourself. And hilarity ensues.

I don’t think there is a lot of replay value here. We went through about 5 cards on each team and by then most of us had lost our voices (grunting is hard work) and we were all feeling a little tired of the game.

The components are okay, but there aren’t much to them. Some coloured wooden blocks and a cardboard slate as well as the club. I think there could have been more thought into the components to keep the blocks more in theme, but maybe I’m just being picky.

It is fairly easy to learn, but difficult to master. In the five rounds we played the majority of the time was spent looking at the reference card to figure out what sound/action to make. The sounds are similar and nonsense like so they are easily confused. This is intentional so that your fellow players are also confused and make mistakes. After all half the fun is from smashing your cave-workers on the head with the club.

Overall a silly game that I’d play with the right people once in a blue moon. Not one that I would go out and purchase. If you do get a chance to play assign one person to be the documentary maker who will film how an ugg-tect builds monuments. You will regret it. 😛

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Go to the Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 page
42 out of 64 gamers thought this was helpful

This looks like it would be a great game and some of the intro levels certainly are enticing. The big killer and the reason for my rotten review is that when you attempt to play campaign mode on an original iPad it crashes about a turn into it. I’ve rebooted, removed all running apps, everything you would normally do. It just doesn’t work on the original iPad. Now I should note that they do recommend an iPad2 or higher for this game, but they don’t say it doesn’t work on an original iPad. Perhaps I’m being too harsh, but without a way to resume a crashed game (they just disappear as if you never started it) and no way to actually finish a game, it makes for a very unhappy player.

I expected better.

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Go to the Hey, Thats My Fish! page
21 out of 26 gamers thought this was helpful

The object of the game is simple. Eat as many fish as you can before the Orca eats you (by getting trapped in a spot where you can no longer move). Depending on the number of players involved you’ll have 2, 3 or 4 penguins (for 4, 3, and 2 players respectively). On each turn you move in a straight line and remove the spot you are currently standing on eating those fish.

It really is simple and with a random board set up it makes for every game being unique. It’s fun and can either be played like chess, analyzing each move, or like my daughter plays it just moving and eating what looks good.

The great thing about this game is with multiple players it’s hard to know what strategy, if any, they will take. It’s a quick game and my 4 year old actually beat us playing as she took the gobble up all of the big fish while my wife and I tried to out maneuver each other.

Simple, fun, quick, and engaging for all levels. That spells a winning game in my book. Plus the animations are cute to boot.

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Go to the Ticket to Ride Pocket page
65 out of 98 gamers thought this was helpful

A must have for any ios Gamer. This implementation of Ticket to Ride gives you access to the game in a cheap and easy format. Play local, network, solo, or pass and play all while seeking out those elusive achievements (like score 240+ points!). It has it all (except many of the expansion maps which will hopefully come soon probably via in-app purchase).

Don’t walk, don’t run, but hop on your next available train to pick up this fabulous app!

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Go to the Pandemic: On the Brink page
36 out of 73 gamers thought this was helpful

I love this expansion, or at least what parts of it we’ve managed to play, but some of it seems insane. My gaming group has managed to win the easy version of the game a handful of times, but Legendary??? Is it even possible? It seems to me that at this level only cheaters or the extremely lucky can possibly even hope of coming close to winning.

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Go to the Innovation page

Innovation

58 out of 66 gamers thought this was helpful

This is a brilliant little card game for 2-4 players. Each technology in the game is ona playing card that is part of a deck from that age (1-10). As you develop your technologies they give you access to different resources which can allow you then to piggyback off of someone else’s technology when they use it. It never plays the same way twice and because of the different ways you layout the cards during the game means that you’re constantly evaluating your situation.

My biggest dislike with the game is a pretty standard one unfortunately. The rules are sometimes hard to follow and can be difficult for even well versed gamers. There are times when it feels like someone can be running away with the game and others can get discouraged, but the beauty of the game is that from one turn to the next technology can change and change the whole dynamics.

Overall, a great cheap fun and interesting game that gets a heart from me :). Check it out if you love civ games, but don’t want to lose an entire day to one.

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Go to the Agricola page

Agricola

32 out of 108 gamers thought this was helpful

I’ve played this about 6 times and just feel that the game is broken. The learning curve for the game is steep and if you’re playing the game for the first time against someone that knows it you will lose. There is no beginners luck in this game. It is a game where there seems to be one strategy that wins and alternative strategies just fall by the wayside.

All of this is not to say that this game is a never play. I will play it and I have won more than once, but it is not a game I rush to. I know there are people that love this game, but I just don’t understand why.

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Go to the Ticket to Ride: Alvin & Dexter page
61 out of 82 gamers thought this was helpful

This addition adds a whole new level of strategy to any TTR game. It can be played on any of the maps and is simple to pick up, but like an alien hovering over your city, hard to get rid of. Once you’ve played with this expansion you’ll find you keep coming back for more monster smashing fun.

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Go to the Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion page
93 out of 107 gamers thought this was helpful

The mechanic of TTR the dice expansion is to roll the dice and claim routes based on what comes up on the dice. Do yourself a favor though and print off the rules from the web and try it with just a set of regular dice. Make a legend involving what each pip count means and try it out. It does really change the game and adds a lot more luck factor to it. I just couldn’t justify the price for what you get.

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Go to the Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 page
62 out of 83 gamers thought this was helpful

Do you feel like the routes are too obvious while playing TTR? Then you must get this expansion. It comes with multiple ways of playing and great looking route cards for the base game. We had played TTR so much that after anyone put down a single connection the other players seemed to automatically know where they were going. This changed all of that and brought the game back to life. If you own TTR and don’t own this you are missing out! Buy it!

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