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Alexis Gutierrez
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Mint Works is an excellent, little, worker placement game that's very easy to pick up both figuratively and literally. The rules are simple, yet really scratch that gamer itch unlike some other pocket sized games which lack enough gameplay to feel like a full fledged game. I've played this with many different non-gamers, and they all caught on quickly and loved it. It is now my go-to game when teaching worker placement to noobs.... ahem... I mean, non-gamers.

The only thing I would have liked to see different is for the theme to gel more throughout the locations. I get what they were trying to achieve here, but I would have liked to see the locations be more 'mint' themed... They are definitely more "worker" themed, as the locations are things like a factory, mine, workshop... It just all comes in a mint tin, and I sort of expected it to be more mint/candy themed... but that's a really small detail.

Other games, like the stick-o-game series, try to do what Mint Works actually achieves - and that's to give you a big box game feel in a pocket sized container. In magician terms: Mint Works packs small and plays big. This is a game I tend to bring with me all the time, ready to bring to the table when having coffee with friends or waiting for dinner to arrive at a restaurant. Most of my small sized games go into a large bin, out of sight, until I feel like digging through it. Mint Works stays on the table or always within reach.
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Vincent C
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Great review, I am counting down the days till it ships over!
 
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Ivan
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Good review!

I plan to translate Mint Works in Russian and craft it to play with my family.
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James J

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agltbialik wrote:
Mint Works is an excellent, little, worker placement game that's very easy to pick up both figuratively and literally.


Now that my KS copies have arrived, I would add "...but dumping it out of the tin is another matter."

Poor design led to contents too large for the tin. Booklets are smashed in there, and I have yet to get my cards out of the tin. They are wedged solidly under the tin edge. Not the relaxing, quick-to-play experience I was anticipating...
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Steve Blackwell
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Bummer. Less excited to receive mine now.

Is this everyone's experience?

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mudshark_baby wrote:
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Bummer. Less excited to receive mine now.

Is this everyone's experience?

M B


It is a tight fit, but I didn't have any issues.
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japester1 wrote:

Now that my KS copies have arrived, I would add "...but dumping it out of the tin is another matter."

Poor design led to contents too large for the tin. Booklets are smashed in there, and I have yet to get my cards out of the tin. They are wedged solidly under the tin edge. Not the relaxing, quick-to-play experience I was anticipating...


Round your corners with a scissors, or if you've got one, use a corner rounder like the ones wargamers use to round their cardboard chits.

It doesn't take much.


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James J

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fastattaq wrote:

It doesn't take much.


Unless simply getting them out of the tin in the first place is a major project, which it was in my case. I agree, cutting the corners on both the instructions and the reference card are a must. I'll have to use scissors since I don't own a rounding tool. But I must've had one of the worse ones because it was touch and go not ripping them getting out on the first place.

mudshark_baby wrote:


Is this everyone's experience?



Judging by the KS comments, the majority of people are reporting on the tight fit and booklet corners being crunched at the factory. My experience with the card deck may be unique. With some effort, I eventually got them out. One corner of the top few were dinged from being wedged in there, but those cards aren't part of the draw deck, so it's acceptable. Once I sliced the shrinkwrap, the cards came out. It's still too tight, but at least I won't have to bend them to remove them in the future. Basically, if there were no curled lip to the bottom tin, the cards would fit just fine. But that lip must have some variance, and on some it extends over the cards. One might be able to carefully squeeze the wider sections, but that will likely deface the outside and might prevent the tin from closing properly.

I mainly mention it in case anyone else bought extras to give to non-gamer friends. I'm always trying to lure in new players. But I know most of them would destroy the booklet and probably damage the cards if the other two are like the first one I opened. So now I'll open them all and prep them ahead of time.
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japester1 wrote:
agltbialik wrote:
Mint Works is an excellent, little, worker placement game that's very easy to pick up both figuratively and literally.


Now that my KS copies have arrived, I would add "...but dumping it out of the tin is another matter."

Poor design led to contents too large for the tin. Booklets are smashed in there, and I have yet to get my cards out of the tin. They are wedged solidly under the tin edge. Not the relaxing, quick-to-play experience I was anticipating...


Am I the only one who loves this? It only requires a two-second jiggle to get it out, but it makes me feel so comfortable and relaxed about bringing this game places, knowing that if the lid gets flicked open, it won't result in mints flying everywhere, me losing one, and Rachael becoming a broken AI. It'll just result in the rulebook comfily holding it all in and me calmly closing it again.
The components being tightly packed also means it doesn't slam the components around when you walk and dent all the cards, like some game boxes do.
I love this design.
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Steve Blackwell
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Yeah, my copy arrived in good nick.

I don't mind if the rule booklet is a little curled on the corners.

One of my mints were a little crooked, but hey, they are just counters so no big deal.

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Jeff Jones
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My mints all look slightly dinged, like REAL mints!
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japester1 wrote:
agltbialik wrote:
Mint Works is an excellent, little, worker placement game that's very easy to pick up both figuratively and literally.


Now that my KS copies have arrived, I would add "...but dumping it out of the tin is another matter."

Poor design led to contents too large for the tin. Booklets are smashed in there, and I have yet to get my cards out of the tin. They are wedged solidly under the tin edge. Not the relaxing, quick-to-play experience I was anticipating...


I made a simple video showing how I get the cards out. Takes seconds. I too was frustrated with how tight everything was but once I did this, well heck, I think I found a life hack! The video is still under review and should be up shortly in the instructional video section of Mint Works.
 
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