Lately, we have been trying games which can’t live up to the hype surrounding them. Our only issue with Everdell is that it raised the bar on what we expect from strategy games! Games that are truly well made games just don’t seem as great when compared to this Kickstarter masterpiece.
Right from the moment you open this game you are immersed in a fantastic world where woodland creatures are personified with such brilliant detail you can’t help taking a moment to appreciate each newly revealed card. We took hours to play our first game not because the mechanics were too complicated but because we wanted every hand to last as long as possible.
The goal of this game is to expand & enhance your forest kingdom before winter sets in. The phases of the game mirror the seasons as you collect resources and mobilize a cornucopia of critters to give you an edge in growing your kingdom. You must play your cards wisely as you may only have a total of 15 in play at once and some cards are most valuable only during certain seasons. There is an undercurrent of fairness and equality as many cards have the ability to benefit other players rather than just the one playing the card.
The artwork reminds me of my favourite children’s books but doesn’t feel juvenile. Every action feels meaningful and contributes to the end-goal of the game as you put your critters to work gaining further points. In spite of the “human-like” animals the many elements of the game come together to depict a real, natural environment. This game offers up a place where animals both compete & work together in their coexistence while you manage this delicate balance.
In short, Everdell was a delight to play! We guess it’s going to take one epic, groundbreaking game to knock this one off the podium of best new games in our cafe. If you’re looking to get your hands on this instant classic you can find it here in our online store.
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