Films like Jumanji, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Tomb Raider in romanticise the exploration of deep jungles and lost civilisations. It’s thrilling, exciting and awe-inspiring. Yes, there’s difficulty to overcome… but at the same time you’ll be exploring the world, seeing amazing sights, whilst building camaraderie with your fellow adventurers.
The Lost Expedition (published by Osprey Games) follows the same formula as the films above but depicts the brutality and risks of exploring the Amazon in much more detail. It’s inspired by Percy Fawcett, a British surveyor, who in 1925 embarked on his final expedition into the Amazon in search of the ruins of an ancient city (The Lost City of ‘Z’). Percy, along with his son (Jack) and his son’s friend (Rayleigh) disappeared during the expedition – it’s assumed they lost their lives.
The Lost Expedition is a cooperative game, where players embark on their own adventure into the Amazon in search for the Lost City of Z. Players are confronted with challenge after challenge as they face the dangers of the jungle. Can they find The Lost City of Z and succeed where Percy did not…
Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to spell out words using the elemental symbols on the periodic table? No, me neither. But I wish I had, it would’ve made chemistry class much more interesting growing up. This is exactly what you do in FReNeTic! A unique and enjoyable word game where you compete against other players to combine elements from the periodic table and produce as many words as you can.
Pandemic is an immersive co-operative game, where you work together as the World Health Organisation (WHO) disease control team to stop deadly diseases from spreading across the globe and destroying humankind.
Pandemic was the first tabletop game that I ever bought – my ‘gateway game’ that opened my eyes to the incredible world of board gaming – so I’ll always have a soft spot for it. When researching what to get for my first board game I knew I wanted something with an exciting, immersive theme that was co-operative and without player elimination (so everybody is in it ‘til the end!). Pandemic ticked all the boxes and it’s still a regular on our table years on. If you’re new to the tabletop gaming scene, or looking to introduce new people to the hobby, Pandemic is a great game to start with.
Exploding Kittens blasted across the internet in 2015, when it became the Most Backed Kickstarter project of all time, with over 200,000 backers. And it’s easy to see why – with illustrations provided by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, this game was a winner.
Exploding Kittens is an exhilarating, fast-paced game of survival, full to the brim with tension and bursting at the sides with laughter. It plays like mash up of Uno, Poker and Old Maid, with an explosive Russian Roulette style ultimatum at the end of every turn.
Released with two editions – the Standard (Family Friendly) Edition and the Not Safe For Work (NSFW) Edition – Exploding Kittens really does provide something for everyone.
When I first started getting into board games, I stumbled across Carcassonne. It seemed to be one of those key games to try and I just had to give it ago. Now it’s one of my go-to games.
In Carcassonne, players take turns placing tiles to create a medieval landscape inspired by the fortified French city that gives the game its name. You become competing creators and architects in a bid to build a mosaic of Cities, Roads, Fields and Monasteries. And with the endless ways that tiles can be drawn and placed, no two Carcassonne landscapes will ever be the same.
We’re all familiar with rules. We live by them – and of course most of us play by them. It’s fair to say that it can be the rules themselves that can make or break a game. In games if rules were constantly amended, changed or removed surely only chaos would follow. Fluxx is a card game that challenges this idea. The rules changes, the goal to win changes and the players have to adapt to win. There is no chaos, just a fluid and ever-changing gaming experience.
Star Fluxx is based on the original ‘Fluxx’ but it has boldly gone to a world of science fiction pop culture where no one has gone before!