[Toy Fair 2016] Boardgaming Focus: Asmodee Editions

So up until this point, I have been covering our standard fare here at Hi-Def Ninja, but I am going to change it up a drop and cover something a bit different. As boardgaming gets more and more popular, I figured it would be good to showcase a few games from Asmodee.

Asmodee offers some really great games for all levels of gamers those just starting out, casual gamers, serious gamers (especially after their recent merger with Fantasy Flight Games,) and some party games. As I know most of our members are not serious gamers, I focused my attention on some more simple games for players just starting out.

So let’s dive into it:

First up a brand new party game: Doctor Panic.

Doctor Panic is a 2-9 player team game where you play as a Doctor trying to save a patient. It is a time-based game, each round lasting 12 minutes, that utilizes an app. Each round, players must complete a series of procedures to save the dying patient. Different procedures can include stitching a patient by threading a needle through a board, consulting charts, figuring out dosages, and more. However, watch out for distractions that can cause delays like calls. You even get to wear a hairnet!

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Plays 2-9 players
Play time: 12 Minutes
MSRP: $39.99

Next up is another party game: Spot it!

In this fast-paced game, players test their skills matching a symbol from circular cards. Each player starts with a hand of cards and in the center is the starting card. Once the game starts, you start yelling out matching symbols from the cards in your hands with the symbol to the card in the center. First to get rid of their cards wins.

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Plays 2-8 Players
Play time: 15 Minutes
MSRP: $12.99

Continuing on: Timeline Historical Events.

Timeline is another fairly straightforward game. In it, each player is given a hand of cards. In the Historical Events Iteration, all of the cards are Historical Events. A card is randomly chosen to begin with which begins the timeline. The goal of the game is to get rid of each of your cards by deciding where they fall in the timeline. For example, you may have a card that has the 1st Voyage around the World and you may have to decide if that occurs before or after the Great Fire of London.

The first person to get rid of all the cards in their hands wins.

If Historical Events are not your thing, Timeline comes in many different versions including Inventions, Music & Cinema, Americana, and more.

DSC00406 DSC00407Plays 2-8 Players
Play time: 15 Minutes
MSRP: $14.99

Finally we have a slightly more in-depth game: Quadropolis.

In this game, players take turns by building their own metropolis. Each round you take one of your four architects and use them to take a tile from the grid. Each tile acts as a different type of building that provides resources which can be used to activate buildings and score points in the later parts of the game. Placement of these tiles is important as they score points later in the game.

Another interesting element is that when a player takes a tile, the next player is blocked from placing a worker in the same row and column.

After four rounds, the game ends and points are tallied.

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Plays: 2-4
Playing Time: 45 Minutes
MSRP: $49.99

That’s all I have, however, head over to our board game thread on the forums as I previously reviewed some other great Asmodee games including Splendor and Mysterium.

Thanks to the great people at Asmodee for taking a few minutes at the recent Toy Fair to show us a few games.

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Media Journalist | Michael loves all things Pop Culture. He has an opinion about everything, whether you ask for it or not. Michael collects Convention Exclusives, Legos, Prints, Steelbooks, Transformers, and everything in between.