Category: Reviews

Galactic Era SOLO review – a great 4X experience

Today I’m reviewing Galactic Era, a 4X sci-fi board game game of space exploration and domination. It has technology research, exploration, expansion of your civilization, epic space battles, but also brings its own twist to the 4X genre, in particular with an interesting “light vs dark” game mechanic that...

Black Hole Kyrum Review (SOLO Sci-Fi board game) – What a ride!

I recently backed the Black Hole Kyrum Kickstarter for a physical copy of the game, knowing nothing about it, but having read glowing reviews. Black Hole Kyrum is an exclusively SOLO Sci-Fi Board Game, which was originally a free Print and Play. In Black Hole, you play as Jakub,...

ROVE Review: an awesome solo card game

The 2022 “People’s Choice” top solo games are out on BGG, and I’ve used the opportunity to snatch a few more board games for my collection (I really shouldn’t!). In particular I’ve bought a bunch of Print and play games from Button Shy, for $1 each (not a typo!)...

Race for the Galaxy – Expansion and Brinkmanship Review for solo gamers

Race for the Galaxy is an awesome tableau building game, which happens to have a great solo mode. Unfortunately some of the games expansions had been discontinued and very hard to find. Thankfully, Rio Grande Games have blessed us with a new “all in one” release this year, called...

Family Staples: Labyrinth. A game grownups and kids actually all enjoy

I’ll admit, it’s rare to find an older board game that I actually enjoy. Board games have evolved to give more agency to players in the past few decades, and it’s quite difficult for a modern gamer to enjoy the purely luck-based games of old. Ravensburger’s Labyrinth (1986) is...

Sprawlopolis (solo) review: SimCity in my pocket

Sprawlopolis is a solo card game from popular publisher Button Shy, who specialize in “fits in your pocket” wallet games. From the publisher: In¬†Sprawlopolis, 1-4 players work together to build a new city from the ground up. Using only 18 cards and a variable scoring system, the game is...