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Three board game offers to discover for the whole family, group or couple

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Stephanie Morin

Stephanie Morin
Press

Pierre-Marc Durivage

Pierre-Marc Durivage
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paleo

In this prehistoric-themed co-op game, players join forces to try and survive in a hostile environment. The members of the tribe must face various dangers, collect food, collect wood or stone to create new tools… while avoiding injury. If players manage to collect all 5 rock art fragments, they win. But if, on the contrary, it is skulls (thus dead) that accumulate, they are lost. And know that in the time of mammoths we died young…

This addictive game offers different combinations of cards through which multiple scenarios unfold. Each card can hide good or bad news. Fortunately, mutual aid allows us to overcome many obstacles. This game won the prestigious German KennerSpiel award in 2021, the equivalent of the Oscar for board games, in this case in the category “games for connoisseurs”. It was well deserved. Pay attention to those who have had the pleasure of tasting this gem: three extensions have been added to prolong the pleasure. — Stephanie Morin, Press

Number of players: 2 to 4
Age : 10 years and older
Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
Difficult level: average
Author: Peter Rastemeyer
Publisher: Z Man Games
Price : $75

Herd


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herd game

If you had to choose, would you prefer robotic arms or robotic legs? What do you do first thing when you wake up in the morning? What is the best Christmas movie? All these funny questions formed the basis of the game Herd party. The principle is simple: everyone writes down their answer on a piece of paper, and when the results are revealed, those with the most answers earn points. The most original ones, with their unique response, can assemble the infamous pink cow… It’s impossible to win the game while she’s grazing in your field.

This typical multi-generational game was a big hit at a recent family gathering. Of course, we had to carefully choose the cards that could be of interest to Justine, 9 years old … Each question caused interesting discussions for everyone. The only problem: there are not enough cards, and you go around them pretty quickly (especially when sorting!) But nothing prevents you from coming up with your own questions! — Stephanie Morin, Press

Number of players: from 4 to 20
Age : 10 years and older
Duration : 30 minutes
Difficult level: newbie
Publisher: Randolph
Price : $32

Castles of Tuscany


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Castles of Tuscany

Castles of Tuscany is a more accessible and faster version of the popular game “Castles of Burgundy”, which has become a classic for experienced players. The latest creation of Stefan Feld, although it has retained some related features, is nevertheless completely different from it. It combines tile placement and resource management to create the most prosperous kingdom in Tuscany. There are a number of ways to accomplish this: stack multiple tiles of the same type side by side, prioritize some upgrades over others, or even choose to randomly draw income cards.

“You can try different strategies and bet on them to see if they pay off,” one of our regular testers aptly tells us. “The danger with games like this is that you can find the ultimate setup where newbies don’t have a chance,” said another seasoned player. There are many ways to earn points here: the arrangement of your tiles, the order in which you will play with various upgrades. This is a good mechanic. And the game is also fast, with no downtime: “You think about your next move and your turn comes right away, you are still playing, supporting our third game partner. If someone knows how to play, he explains the rules in five minutes. and you can quickly play with anyone. — Pierre-Marc Durivage, Press

Number of players: 2 to 4
Age : 10 years and older
Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
Difficult level: average
Author: Stefan Feld
Publisher: Alea/Ravensburger
Price : $55

Code names Quebec


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Code Names Quebec just hit the stores.

A message for those, and there are many, who love Code Names: The Quebec edition has just hit the shelves. The principle remains the same: your teammates must guess as many words as they can by giving one clue. The team that first manages to reveal all the words that they had to find wins. New: Added some typical Quebec terms like roommate, bucan, poutine, skullcap…

The number of these Québécois is not enough to justify buying two separate boxes, but for those who want to learn this fun idea association game, the Québécois is the perfect choice. — Stephanie Morin, Press

Number of players: 2 to 8 (or more)
Age : 12 years and older
Duration : 15 minutes
Difficult level: newbie
Author: Vlad Khvatil
Publisher: iello
Price : $37