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Pretzel Games Invites You to Play with Men At Work

W. Eric Martin
United States
North Carolina
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Canadian publisher Pretzel Games has a low-key release strategy: Once a year, publish a huge dexterity game with dozens of wooden bits.

This release pattern started in 2015 with Flick 'em Up, and has continued with Junk Art in 2016, Flick 'em Up!: Dead of Winter in 2017, and now in 2018 Men At Work, a 2-4 player game from first-time designer Rita Modl, who also serves as supervisor during gameplay. Well, not her exactly, but a ludic representation of her.

Men At Work is due out in Q4 2018, and Pretzel Games will have copies available for purchase at SPIEL '18, with German publisher Pegasus Spiele also having copies as well. As for the gameplay, here's the overview we have for now:

Higher and higher, the construction grows. Before long, the steel girders reach dizzying heights. Fearlessly, the workers carry on, with nothing more than hardhats to protect them. The danger of collapse hangs over everything — so just make sure that nothing happens! You also have to impress Rita, the boss, if you want to be Employee of the Month. There's a lot to do, so let's get going!

Men At Work is a stacking and balancing game in which players compete as workers on a job site who are carefully constructing a tower to avoid accidents and, maybe, earn Employee of the Month. The game includes three gaming modules to add loads of replayability, as well as wooden components housed within a well-designed insert for easy set up.

I already have my background music picked out for when this game is on the table:

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