If you have an Alexa or some other named robot living in your house, awaiting your commands, you might use it to learn about the weather, buy products online, or listen to music. Hey Robot proposes a new way to interact: Playing a party game with your robot.
The premise is simple, there is a grid of cards, each of which has a word on it. Teams of players will choose a word and try to get the robot to say it by asking a question without using the word. For example “Hey Alexa, what animals is fuzzy and purrs?” if your words is cat. If you succeed you will gain points and a token. If you fail, you must place a token which increases the points the card is worth. Manage to get 16 points and you win. This is a clever incorporation of the in-home assistant robot, but I suspect it may mess with what Amazon suggests for you in the future. Intrigued? Learn more about Hey Robot here on Kickstarter.
I really enjoy games that you might call “relaxing”; low stakes, beautifully illustrated, and peaceful themes. Kohaku capitalizes on all of this with it’s serene tile-laying game where each player is trying to build their personal koi pond.
Each turn you will drat a koi fish and 1 feature tile from the pool and then arrange them in your tableau to score points. You earn points by surrounding flowers with fish that have the same colors, frogs near dragonflies, lining up butterflies with koi, and baby koi near rocks. When the central pool cannot be refilled the game ends and whoever scored the most points, wins.
The really stand out thing about this games is that the Deluxe version includes acrylic tiles to give the illusion of water. Kohaku looks like the exact kind of game I’ll enjoy. Take a look here on Kickstarter for more info.
I’m a fan of the original Jurassic Park film and so games about Dinosaur ranching pique my interest. In Tiny Epic Dinosaurs players are trying to raise dinos to sell to theme parks through clever worker-placement and resource management. Played over 6 rounds, each turn is composed of phases where players will harvest resources, buying and breeding dinosaurs, upgrading security, arranging their ranch, and of course feeding their dinos lest they get uppity and escape.
At the end of the game, you receive points players based on how many dinosaur you have, contracts filled, and for research developments. The player with the most victory points, wins the game. The Tiny Epic Games are just that: Tiny and Epic. Somehow, Scott Almes and Michael Coe, have manged to pack 70 dino meeples and a full game into the small box that the Tiny Epic series is known for. How do they do it? I suspect magic. SSee for yourself by visiting Tiny Epic Dinosaurs on Kickstarter here.
Zestrea is a game about negotiating marriages and avoiding catastrophes. Players will need to work to earn money, feed their villagers, and help couples find happiness through matrimony. To get people to marry each other you’ll need to roll a die to see if they are compatible, but you can prod things in the right (or wrong) direction by playing Fate cards. These fate cards can not only manipulate the die roll, but can also affect the game in general like forcing other players to pay you money or breaking up already paired off couples.
Zestrea looks quirky, funny, and gorgeous. You can learn more about the game here on Kickstarter.
Based on a video game of the same name, The Girl and the Robot. is pretty simple, players will combat each other either by themselves or as teams and must balance how many resources they commit to battle and how many they reserve for defending against the ever present threat of the demons that lurk in the deck.
Each turn you can play any number of Action cards from your hand and then at the end of your turn you must draw 1 card. If you draw a demon card you can use the cards in your hand to defend (if you have any). It’s an interesting twist on the push-your-luck style game and is adorably illustrated by the video game artist Ayaka Nakamura, Check out The Girl and the Robot – The Card Game on Kickstarter here to learn more.
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