Brawn: Medici is a great, simple bidding game. Combining the simplicity of play and the various game strategies one could take, Square Wonton says this bidding game is up there in the ranks.
Appeal: The artwork is really well done. Everything has a cool water-color look that complements the ship and dock feel. Some of the images aren't the most clear, like the fur appearing like dirty bags.
Damage: Amazon has Medici ranging from $22 to $27. Definitely a reasonable buy.
Amusement: When we have 6 players, Square Wonton often suggests Medici. It is also a great game for those looking for little to kind of high involvement. Everyone likes Medici!
Skill: To win the game against experienced players, this one takes some skill (but isn't that the case with many games??). One can just sit back and go with little plan in mind and get a mid-range place, too.
Square Wonton's Approval: If you haven't played Medici, you are missing out on a really super fun game!
For the full review and how-to, check out http://www.gamingwonton.com/2012/05/key-to-medici.html or head to www.gamingwonton.com.
Eat Poop You Cat!
Brawn: Eat Poop You Cat is the best telephone type game out there! It combines the elements of Pictionary and telephone to a wonderful amalgamation of awesome-ness!
Appeal: Truly depends on whom you choose to play Eat Poop You Cat. Not everyone is an artist, but almost all finished games of Eat Poop You Cat are hilarious!
Damage: Do you own a few sheets of paper? Some pencils? Several friends--preferably an odd number--with a good sense of humor in the same room? Then you have the necessary resources to play Eat Poop You Cat!
Amusement: When it is party time, Eat Poop You Cat tends to come out to join in the fun! Even when it is not party time, and there are enough players, Eat Poop You Cat is passed around the various gaming tables.
Skill: No skill is required as long as you have no shame!
Square Wonton's Approval: Get your friends together, because Square Wonton demands you play Eat Poop You Cat!
The origins of Eat Poop You Cat seem to be a mystery. In the amount of time ten minutes of research can afford, Square Wonton found that Eat Poop You Cat has existed since early 2001. However, this game existed under other names dating back to the early 1920s and possibly earlier. Eat Poop You Cat is a telephone-like game that goes from a sentence to a picture to a sentence and so on until the ending sentence is a far (and often hilarious) cry from the original. Square Wonton recommends any odd-number of players over 5. It is possible to play with an even-number of players, but easiest with an odd-number. The main objective is to interpret the previous sentence or picture and convert it to a picture or sentence respectively in an alternating pattern.
For the how-to and some hilarious links to past games, go to gamingwonton.com or click the link below!
Ticket to Ride
Brawn: Ticket to Ride fairs better as far as difficulty than games like Transamerica. However, there are some train based games out there that go head-to-head competitively even more so.
Appeal: This aspect is where Ticket to Ride shines; there are some very nice illustrations on the game board and all the cards. The only drawback is the card size: too tiny!!!
Damage: While not the cheapest, Square Wonton was able to pick up Ticket to Ride from Amazon for $32 and change. The price ranges seen recently are between $30-$40.
Amusement: Oh boy, this game is fun! There is a ton of replay-ability, and it is a great game for beginners to board games.
Skill: Record teaching time so far is about ten to fifteen minutes--depending on the audience's attention span. To make a score above 80 takes a game or two to pick up an appropriate strategy.
Square Wonton's Approval: Ticket to Ride is a fantastic game! It is definitely one to pick up and play! Add it to your gaming repertoire!
Ticket to Ride is a competitive train track placing game. The objective is to have the highest score at the end of the game. You can score points in several ways, and a player's end score is not known by other players (because you keep your ticket cards secret until the end). A player can make Ticket to Ride super difficult if he/she chooses!
For the entire review and photos, check out: http://www.gamingwonton.com/2011/12/your-ticket-to-ticket-to... or www.gamingwonton.com
Brawn: Realistically, the most similar game I can think of is dominoes. Ingenious is much more structured than dominoes because of the board, but I do feel it has more strategy to be learned over a period of a few games.
Appeal: The game is nicely designed, but I would never have guessed it was released in 2004. It looks a little less modern than that to me (not that release date is determined by modernity).
Damage: Ingenious is not super expensive, but it runs from about $30 - $40 (not to be confused with the two person travel edition).
Amusement: This game is highly entertaining. It’s a fun game to play with my friends and/or family (especially on vacation with parents).
Skill: The game itself is not complicated. However, developing strategy and remembering all the end-game rules takes a game or two.
Square Wonton's Approval: Although my other ratings may not seem to indicate that a five is my overall approval, Ingenious is a truly enjoyable game.
Ingenious is a competitive tile placing game. Your end score is determined by your lowest score, so it takes some paying attention to get as many points as possible in each color. Users can choose the level of competitiveness he/she would like to apply to each game (like so many games out there).
For the entire review and photos, check out: http://www.gamingwonton.com/2011/11/ingenious-genius.html
Brawn: The amalgamation of complexity and simplicity make this game one of the best card games I have ever played. Tichu kicks poker's ass!
Appeal: The Asian feel of the cards is really nice. They're not too complicated, but the designs are not boring.
Damage: Buy Me ($10 - $17 + shipping). The price is not bad, and you could realistically purchase two decks of cards and make the special cards on your own.
Amusement: Whenever we have four people to play a game, Tichu is the game we always play.
Skill: It takes some practice to learn some of the better techniques, but even newbies can play and have loads of fun!!
Square Wonton's Approval: A billion thumbs up! Definitely BADASS.
Tichu is a cooperative/competitive card game. Although the box lists three to ten players, Square Wonton recommends four players. The main objective is for each player to get rid of his/her cards before anyone else (specifically the other team :3) and to score as many points as possible each round.
For photos and the entire post, check out www.gamingwonton.com! http://www.gamingwonton.com/2011/07/ill-teach-you-tichu.html