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New Game Round-up: Rhino Hero Soars Anew, Yamataï Is Revealed, and More Escape Rooms Await

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Rhino Hero: Super Battle
• In an announcement that took Twitter by storm, HABA has said that 2017 will see the release of Rhino Hero: Super Battle, a new design by Rhino Hero's Scott Frisco and Steven Strumpf. Here's a rundown of the setting, followed by a pic of two German children enjoying this game before everyone else gets a chance to do so, with Germany releasing this title in the first half of 2017 and HABA USA releasing it in the second half of the year:

Rhino Hero is back on the job — and this time not only does the wobbly skyscraper need to be climbed, but there will also be fierce battles between the four super-heroes Rhino Hero, Giraffe Boy, Big E. and Batguin. Who will win the battles and not let themselves be bothered by the mean, hanging spider monkeys?

Rhino Hero: Super Battle is a turbulent 3D stacking game.
Board Game: Rhino Hero: Super Battle

Board Game: Yamataï
• I've already published a preview of Yamataï, a Bruno Cathala and Marc Paquien design that I've played twice in prototype form, but now the game has been officially announced by publisher Days of Wonder for release in March 2017 in Europe (€54) and in May 2017 in the U.S. ($60).

For details on the gameplay of Yamataï, head to the aforementioned preview on BGG News. In the meantime, here's a shot of the game board after setting up. Note that the specialist tiles, fleet tiles, mountain tiles and culture tokens are randomized in each game.

Board Game: Yamataï

Board Game Publisher: dV Giochi (DV Games)
• The wave of escape room tabletop games continues with the announcement of Deckscape: Test Time from Martino Chiacchiera, Silvano Sorrentino, and dV Giochi, with this title due out in Q2 2017. An overview from the publisher:

Deckscape: Test Time is the first title in a series of cooperative games inspired by real escape rooms in which a group of people is "trapped" inside a room full of puzzles and odd items. The goal of the game is to solve puzzles, understand the plot of the story, and make intelligent use of the items provided in order to exit from the room as quickly as possible.

In Deckscape: Test Time, you have been selected from Doctor Thyme's most brilliant students for a special project. He'll test your skills, and if you succeed, you'll get a unique chance to help him on his newest and greatest invention. While he's explaining his project, he distractedly pushes a button: an alarm cries loudly and heavy gratings shut all the windows and the exit door. The laboratory is locked! Doc Thyme falls through a trapdoor below his feet and the lights turn off. Will you be able to pass Doctor Thyme's exam and exit his laboratory? Using just sixty cards, you will take part in a hectic adventure, without leaving home.
Board Game: Deckscape: Test Time
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