PANDEMIC LEGACY: SEASON ONE
2-4 players, ages 13+, 60 minutes
Pandemic Legacy is a fully cooperative game in which players take the role of disease-fighting specialists racing against the clock to save the world from four deadly diseases. The game is played in a series of scenarios and utilizes the novel “legacy” mechanic, in which the actions and decisions of players in one game impact their experience in the next. It’s sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book in board game form.
Pandemic Legacy is the #1-rated game on BoardGameGeek and has won a series of awards including the Golden Geek, Jeu de l’Année, and SXSW Tabletop Game of the Year. It’s also been nominated for countless others including the Kennerspiel des Jahres, Goblin Magnifico, and Diana Jones Award. When considering hours of quality fun per dollar, it’s hard to think of a better value than Pandemic Legacy.
We recommend Pandemic Legacy for fans of the original Pandemic, families with older children, and players looking for a unique gaming experience. Look for Pandemic Legacy: Season Two at a date TBA.
Create your own stop motion videos with Stikbot, a poseable figure with a wide array of available accessories and its own companion app, Stikbot Studios. Pick up the weapon pack and have Stikbot slay a monster. Equip your Stikbot with a microphone and guitar and have them slay a song. One kit even comes with a green screen.
We recommend Stikbot for younger kids. While they don’t need to have access to a phone to play with Stikbots, being able to access the app will add another layer to their fun.
2-4 players, ages 13+, 30-60 minutes
You’re a dragon, and humans have invaded your island, bringing with them that which you covet most: gold. Challenge other dragons, demand tribute from villages, or burn towns to the ground, all for the sake of being the dragon with the largest hoard. Appropriately, many of the components in this deluxe version of Dragoon are solid metal in gold, silver, black nickel, and copper tones, and some of the coolest components we’ve seen to date.
We recommend Dragoon for folks who enjoy action strategy games as well as component nuts and fans of dragons in general.
2-6 players, ages 5+, 10 minutes
Monza is a racing game for kids brought to you by HABA, a publisher known for their ability to create kid-friendly games. In Monza, players are car racers represented by a cute little car they’ll move around the track according to the colors they roll on their turn.
We recommend Monza for younger children, especially as a game they can play with little adult intervention.
VIKINGS ON BOARD
2-4 players, ages 8+, 30-60 minutes
In Vikings on Board, players control clans of Vikings about to set sail on a mission. Their goal is to win points both by having their Vikings on the ships best equipped for a successful mission, and by placing bets on which players will control ships as they set sail.
With straightforward gameplay and the potential for some deeper strategy, Vikings on Board is a good choice for younger and beginning gamers.