19 October 2012

Couple of Couples - Top 10 - #6 & #5

And we're moving on up. As we approach the halfway point in our list, let's do a quick review of the games we have already looked at:

Honorable Mentions
Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Carcassonne
10. Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan
9. Small World
8. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
7. Can't Stop

Number Six - King of Tokyo
King of Tokyo makes a Top 10 list for the second time. This game is just a lot of fun. It's really easy to learn and play. If you can play Yahtzee, you can play King of Tokyo. I have heard of 4 and 5 year olds playing this game. The game is simple: you roll dice and try to score points, damage your opponents, and heal yourself. If you are the first to score 20 points or the last monster standing, you are the winner. We brought this one over to a friend's house one night and played with two non-gamers. They picked it up quickly and we were off to the races. Before long, we were laughing and having a good time. The game is very exciting, and although players get knocked out, the game rounds are short enough to where it really doesn't matter. King of Tokyo is a winner. The only reason it's not higher, is because of the player elimination, and the monster theme may not be up everyone's ally. We have really gotten our play out of this one already. We have only had it for a couple of months now, and we have probably play close to 15 games already. It's just one of those games that when you are finished everyone wants to play again and again.

Number Five - Qwirkle
This game is showing up everywhere; Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, etc. The game is taking over. I would say that it's the next Blokus. Qwirkle is a 2-4 player tile laying game (think Dominoes meets Scrabble with shapes). The goal is to lay your tiles so that you can score points, and you can double your points if you complete a row, called a Qwirkle. Rows consist of 6 tiles that are either all one shape with different colors or all one color with different shapes. The game is really simple to learn, but there is some strategy to the game. You want to try to set yourself up for Qwirkles, but you don't want your opponent to get them, as these can be game changers. Scoring a Qwirkle can be the difference between scoring 5 points and scoring 12 points.

This has been one of the few games that I have broken out with my extended family, that has gone over well. My mom even asked to borrow it on a recent trip. If you don't have this one in your collection, and you are needing a light game that works well with 4, that grandma can play with you, then you might want to consider this one. The game is also great for people who just love games, and it's a great way to get them interested in the hobby. If you can get them into this one, the next logical choice is Ingenious, which is another great 4 player game.

Looking ahead to number four and number three, I see red rum and circles. 

1 comment:

  1. There is a variant of Qwirkle called Qwirkle Cubes where all the pieces are dice instead of discs - each die contains one of the six colors with a different shape on each side. Playing the pieces are the same (looking to match patterns or colors and make Qwirkles), but with the added twist that at the start of the turn you can re-roll any number of your own pieces if you didn't like the shape that was showing on them. That change, added to the fact that everyone's pieces are in the open makes it even funner than the original game.

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