(Almost) every Saturday we review all Kickstarter campaigns in the "Games" category ending in the next week. We do a quick write up on anything we find notable here. This is written from the perspective of people looking to buy games and game accessories that offer interesting mechanics or ideas. We prefer heavy strategy games, RPG Games, miniature-heavy games, and games with real-time mechanics as opposed to party games, children's games, or very light strategy games.
Sometimes you have to put your money where your mouth is. These are the campaigns we backed in this batch.
We reviewed Escape Plan last week, it's a fantastic heavy strategy game from Vital Lacerda, and has a fantastic theme, tons of great gameplay ideas, and is a lot of fun. You can play it on Tabletopia for free. NOTE: Our review is actually featured on the Escape Plan Kickstarter page. This was done after we had already chosen to back.
This is a new game from REDIMP which is known for creating The Lord of the Ice Garden (7.7 BGG). In Atlantis, you'll be playing as a High Priest of a temple that serves one of four Atlantean gods. You are aware that Atlantis is about to sink, so you must erect temples, recruit followers, and host celebrations to honor your God. The game has neat modular minis that you use to build your temples up. At $29 this game was hard to resist, so we didn't!
We reviewed the Island of El Dorado when it first arrived. We thought this was a great looking game with some light strategy, a good pick for someone who likes map-building games. This expansion campaign not only offers a second printing of the original, but adds an expansion called "Thieves" which expands the Cave region and adds many more play modes.
Joust for fun is a simple card dueling game, where you'll be playing cards attacking your opponent, and your opponent will attempt to block your attacks with their own defenders. The art here is nice, and each card has its own unique powers which is promising.
This is a neat co-operative game where one player is onboard a ship, and the other player send him "transmissions" (cards) that the player must use to interpret instructions that will help solve objectives and prevent the ship from blowing up. This is from Magic Meeple games who have done a series of "16-bit" themed art games (Fire of Eidolon (7.3 BGG) & Overworld).
Pumpkin Patch certainly has a unique theme. You'll be placing seeds in your patch in order to grow pumpkins, working towards growing a "Cinderella" pumpkin for the win. You also control crows which can block other players' progress. For $9 this game is a great deal, and was a tempting back, but we're holding off.
Boardgames have a long history of connecting to politics, three siblings worked together to make a game about gerrymandering, and it actually looks pretty good. A lot of people appear to agree with me as it's raised over 50K in the campaign so far. In the game, you'll be competing to create reshape discticts on the board to get your desired outcome in an election. This is a great idea for a theme, and it looks like it translates really well into the gameplay.
This one is a bit shocking. A major publisher (albeit of comics), with a pretty major IP, is probably not going to meet its very modest goal. We're not sure why this isn't connecting with people exactly, but it just doesn't look like a Tarzan game. If you look at the KS video, it does look like it is a promising game, but this doesn't bode well for the upcoming Army of Darkness Kickstarter.
The Tiny D6 RPG system is one that uses very a very simple 2D6 roll for determining a success or failure. This campaign expands the system to incorporate super-heroes, and also comes with its own unique superhero universe. Like a lot of these Role Playing Games Kickstarters, there isn't much sample content provided to help make the decision on pulling the trigger, but something about the positivity of the campaign and the spunkiness of the artwork really appeals to me. It's definitely more Incredibles than Batman vs Superman.
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*None of the campaigns mentioned here are sponsored or influenced via payment, prize or other means. If we know or have a connection to someone running the campaign, we will mention it in the campaign notes. If there is a campaign you think should be mentioned here, please e-mail us and tell us what makes it special and we'll review!