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paul lieberman
United States
Piscataway
New Jersey
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10
Jul 2013
One of the most interesting and original game designs that I have ever had the pleasure of playing. Masterpiece! Now if I can only master the strategy!

Please note that my comments are for the "Super Adaptoid" edition which is beautiful and very functional. The high cost is justified.
2014-08-20
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Néstor Romeral Andrés
Spain
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9
Oct 2012
My baby. This game changed my life.

2010-11-15
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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9
Jan 2010*
Brilliant!! Balance, agony, tradeoffs at every turn! To quote Daniel Wilcox, "Your strongest pieces are your weakest!"
2010-05-26
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S. Deniz Bucak
United States
Havertown
Pennsylvania
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9
Feb 2010
A cool abstract with, paradoxically, a well fitting theme. There are many trade-offs to balance, do I go with fighting power or mobility, a few strong units or many weaker ones. Adaptoids with more legs and pincers can move further and fight better, but are more vulnerable to starvation.

There are two ways of capturing, a chess-like move-on-top-of capture and a go-like take-away-liberties capture (eat vs. starve in terms of the theme.) This makes for some interesting tactical possibilities. So far I'm enjoying it veruy much.
2009-10-22
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Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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9
Feb 2010
Quick, addictive and just as compact as anything on the GIPF series, Adaptoid has two players putting their own pieces onto the board and then developing them in order to eliminate rival pieces either taking them or occupying a certain quantity of spaces around them. Players must "grow" or develop pieces in every turn and the more powerful pieces are, the easier they can be attacked, so that the first movements in a game (especially by the first player) can lead it to very different routes: one powerful piece sweeping the board, many slow pieces building and/or eroding barriers, suicide attacks...

The whole catalogue of Nestorgames is full of refreshing, portable ideas making any fan of abstract games dribble in anticipation; Adaptoid might be its very highlight.
2010-02-14
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Ulrich Roth
Spain
Barcelona
Catalunya
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Apr 2013
Ingenious and innovative concept, great fun to play!
2013-04-14
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David Dolzan
Slovenia
Komenda
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8.5
Aug 2010
A brilliant abstract that actually makes a perfect sense thematically. Simple rules, engaging games, coupled with an ingenious rule to make the strongest pieces the most vulnerable. I am enjoying this game immensely.
2010-01-03
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Quinn Swanger
United States
Holly Springs
North Carolina
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8.5
Dec 2009*
Awesome game! Still learning it. Strategy seems allusive, but I like that. Theme works great.
2009-12-28
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Miguel
France
Caen
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8.5
Sep 2014
Reminds me of Dvonn or Tzaar (games I like), in how 'strong' pieces become fragile, but here there is a theme too.
2014-09-17
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Stephen Tavener
United Kingdom
London
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Dec 2009*
There is a wonderful balance here between the power of the pieces and their vulnerability. Thematically, it works very well also.

Rating may go up with further play. My one reservation at present is whether the first player has a significant tempo advantage.
2009-12-11
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Javi Santos
Spain
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Oct 2009*
Really good abstract with theme. Your bugs may move, attack or develop themselves in order to kill a certain number of the other side. But the stronger you are, the more freedom you need...
Really clever game, to play slowly, with a nice presentation.
2009-10-13
Everett Warren
United States
Marietta
Pennsylvania
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8
Nov 2010
Played this when I first got it, and didn't comment until years later...

It's a good lightly themed abstract.
2014-02-19
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Takashi Ishida
Japan
Abiko
Chiba Prefecture
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8
Apr 2010
Lovely alien game.
Very strange taste, but simple rule.
2010-04-16
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Eric Walkingshaw
United States
Corvallis
Oregon
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8
Apr 2012
Really elegant and clever little game.
2012-04-08
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Julien Griffon
France
Nantes
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Jul 2011
Very interesting game. I wish I had more opportunities to play it.
2014-01-04
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Nathan Alexander
United Kingdom
Worsley
Manchester
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Mar 2015
I'm not usually a fan of abstract games but this is the exception. A brilliant little abstract with theme! Plays quick so multiple plays in one sitting is possible, allowing you to try out multiple strategies without feeling bad about losing. One of the many gems in the often overlooked nestorgames range.
2015-03-20
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Mike B
Netherlands
Utrecht
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7.5
Nov 2009*
Bought at Essen '09. Good looking 2-player abstract, comes with a foldable and washable board. Easy to take along.

Very nifty mechanism: the "better" your pieces get, the easier they are too kill. Very thematic game for an abstract by the way.

NL: 2 persoonsspel waarbij je elkaars "adaptoids" (een soort aanpasbare microbes) probeert op te vreten.
2009-11-28
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richard glanzer
United States
New York
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7.5
Oct 2010
Reminds me of Octi on steroids. This is the better game tho. Whipped 3 times in 30 minutes.
2010-10-03
Ken Shoda
Japan
Zushi
Kanagawa
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Jan 2010*
A lot better than I initially thought from reading the rule. It is very clever that stronger piece can be killed easily by having not enough free neighbor spaces.
2010-01-09
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Bruce Murphy
Australia
Pyrmont
NSW
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7
Jun 2010
A good game, players seek to move and grow their adaptoids around the board to capture the opposing side, of course, you capture through starvation as well so the more powerful the creature, the more easily it starves to death.

A little too paralysed by thinky moves, but still an interesting different little abstract that goes strongly against intuition of what you should do. Probably area control under the hood.

With a few more plays, there are multiple different strategies and ways of playing simply to react to the other player. Suddenly the 'obvious' bad moves can be useful after all.
2010-06-01
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William Crispin
United States
Wilmington
Massachusetts
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7
Apr 2010
Pretty cool little abstract
2010-04-22
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Adrian Hague
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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7
Oct 2010
Nice, light, semi-abstract lunchtime filler. Fills a similar niche to Hive.
2010-10-24
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Andy Parsons
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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Feb 2011
An abstract with a well integrated theme, if such a thing is possible. Building up a critter so that it can move faster and/or fight better also makes it more vulnerable as it needs to be surrounded by more empty spaces. That's the very clever core of this game. Strategic options seem abundant. My one concern is that the first player advantage is quite strong.

Can't say I'm a fan of the mouse mat board, though the adaptoids themselves are nicely done. It was much too tight a fit squeezing everything into the pencil case the game came in, so that has been dispensed with.
2011-05-22
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Aitor
Spain
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7
Aug 2013
The deluxe edition is expensive, but is worth it!
2013-05-29
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Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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7
Nov 2014
Clever game with some interesting mechanics. Too much manouvering for my taste, but still good.
2014-11-07

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