Games Library Additions: Kingdomino: Age of Giants expansion, Blue Lagoon, Scarabya and Shaky Manor
Some of the highlights from Gen Con 2018 has just begun to reach our shores and retail shelves, three of these titles populate the top 3 spots on the boardgamegeek.com Gen Con Buzz list. They’re also all titles published by the European publisher, Blue Orange. You might recognise the name from some of their other big titles in our Games Library, such as Kingdomino (2017 Spiel des Jahres winner) and Photosynthesis.
We are very fortunate to have some good relations with one of the importers and distributors of Blue Orange games, and they’ve kindly given us demo copies of each of these great new titles.
Kingdomino: Age of Giants (expansion)
The giants have come to Kingdomino! And they will crush all your precious buildings if you can’t find a way to send them off to one of your opponents’ kingdoms.
Kingdomino: Age of Giants is an expansion that requires either Kingdomino or Queendomino to play (both available in the Games Library). This expansion adds new dominoes, new giant tokens, new challenge tiles, and additional components to allow a fifth player to join the game.
As the head of an international archaeological team, it is your job to establish camps across the four corners of the globe and uncover the long-lost golden scarabs of Scarabya.
Scarabya is a tile-laying puzzle game, in which your goal is to score scarabs by positioning your tiles such that they create enclosed zones of 1 to 4 squares. Each scarab in an enclosed zone is worth a number of points equal to the number of squares in its zone. Players all play the same tiles, in order. Each turn, a new tile is drawn and all players simultaneously place their copy of the tile on their individual boards. The game is over after all 12 tiles have been drawn (and either placed or discarded). The player with the most points wins.
Blue Lagoon is an area control and set collection game in which players manage a group of settlers spreading out over the islands of a newly discovered archipelago.
The game is played over two phases (the exploration phase followed by the settlement phase). Over the course of both phases, you will expand your presence on the board by adding one new token each turn (either a settler or a village token). The goal is to collect the resources scattered over the map by placing your tokens on top of them. In the first phase, you can place a new token anywhere you like, as long as it is touching either the lagoon OR one of your previously played tokens. In the second phase, the board is cleared, except for the villages, and now you can only expand from the villages you played in the first phase! At the end of both phases, players score points for the sets of resources they collected. Most points wins.
The mansion up the hill has always had a reputation…of being cursed. After dark, villagers keep seeing strange things moving behind the windows as the house seems to be “tilting” and “rocking”. It is said that the only way to break the mansion’s curse would be to gather in one specific room some of the ghoulish ghosts, wandering eyes, slithering snakes, crawling spiders, and other objects that have been inhabiting its dusty walls. Will you be the first to break the curse…and flee the mansion?
To win Shaky Manor, you must be the first to complete five challenges by gently tilting and shaking the box to place the correct objects into one room, following the information on the cards.
While Shaky Manor isn’t seen on the Gen Con Buzz list, this game was nominated for the 2018 Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) award.