Mike and I played a 2-player version of this game recently. In Junkyard Racers, you race against the other players, collecting add-ons for your car which impact speed, ability to traverse different terrain and add weaponry and gadgets to attack and defend. Oh yeah, you can collect traps and set them out to try and damage your opponents.You win by collecting bottles of cola for laps of the track.
On the positive side, you have a heady mix of Wacky Races, Mad Max or Death Race 2000 and WH 40K Gorkamorka so the theme works nicely and is fun. The track is great and some of the car add-ons, traps, etc are cool. Great tension level.
On the negative side, some of the add-ons and traps are a yawn. The 4 car models are ok but they appear to have been painted by hand – BADLY… The rules are ambiguous in some cases so you need to work through them. The 4-bottle 2-player game is too long and I can imagine it is even longer with more players. I’m sure with many plays it gets faster but this game cries out to become a short and sweet filler. Limit it to 2 bottles each I say! Lastly, There should have been a second track on the flip side of the board instead of artwork.
Steve Jackson Games produced all kinds of stuff but probably their best selling Munchkin is the most well known. I played this with 2 gaming friends last week and really enjoyed it.
Munchkin is a card game in which the players are characters exploring and looking to plunder a dungeon. If you have ever played a role-playing game, especially Dungeons & Dragons, this is familiar teritory. However, this game is not for serious RPGer’s as it is a silly spoof of the genre with hilarious weapons, powers and characters.
A nod to classic board wargaming. SPI published this excellent game back in the day about the Soviet invasion of Finland in WW2. Huge ungainly Soviet units vs. small mobile Finns, including ski troops. The Finn player trades territory for time, trying to cut off the Soviets and defeat them in detail. Great fun.
The Settlers of Zarahemla is a fun game (part of the very popular Settlers of Catan family) which sees the players trying to settle territories in the Land of Zarahemla. This game is aimed at LDS or Mormon game players but will be enjoyed by anyone who plays games and likes the Settlers games. Excellent production of components, relatively simple rules and nice flavour of the Book of Mormon all come together in this excellent family game.
Cash & Guns is simply an Awesome game! The players are all members of a gang who are dividing up the take from a robbery and of course, fall out amongst themselves with guns out and bullets flying! Each round, after you find out how much of the haul is avaiable, you point a foam plastic gun at one of the other gang members and either shoot (Bang cards) bluff (click, click cards) or give in (cowardice). The winner is to survive with the most cash. Hilarious!
I traded for this one and played with my game group last week. This is a route building, tile placement puzzle game where you try and create the longest Paris Metro routes that you can to gain victory points. Took me a while to be able to see the routes due to the spaghetti of routes from all the players. Good fun and definitely want to play again.