January 9, 2012

[Review] Innovation

Innovation is a board game for 2 to 4 players. 

The game, in short.
The goal is the fist player to dominate a fixed number of ages, depending on the number of players or to be the first to activate a "win the game2 effect on a card. The fist option is the more likely

Players take turns making a common civilisation evolve. Every player, in his turn can do 2 of the following actions: draw a card (self explanatory), play a card from the hand (cards are positioned over other cards, making them unusable), activate a card already in play (that can trigger multiple effects for every player), dominate an era (getting closer to victory).

The same action can be repeated twice.
Cards in play grant resources useful to do not make opponents profit from your cards. Cards in play can be stacked one onto the another to grant different amounts of resources, depending on how you manage to stack (and splay) them.

Rules are simple, but the game is far from obvious. After a couple of turns every player have a lot of options and a lot of ways to progress in the game, some obvious, some not. 

What's new?
The splay concept is nice and new. The resource mechanichs (not a currency, but just a way of dominance) feels new too.

The Good
  • DEPTH This game is deep and you will need a lot of insight to counter the actions of you opponents while pursuing your strategy.
  • CHEAP Inside the small box there are some decks of cards and 4 little boards summarizing the game. The lack of tokens, miniatures, boards, dices make the game really affordable
  • FUN A lot of cards have mean effects and you will have fun watching your opponents suffer while you steal their points or their cards. 
  • HIGH TENSION As the game goes on the cards you play are more and more powerful, allowing even the player lagging behind to do a surprising comebacks. 
The Bad
  • PRESENTATION The first edition is ugly. Uglier than ugly. Yeah, that ugly. 
The Verdict
I love this game. it's easy to learn but hard to master, every game is different, while you have never the feeling of being helpless or down on a path already taken before. If you trust me, you can buy this game without even thinking about it. If you don't trust me, try it before, but beware, that's a sweet drug.

In Italia è disponibile sul sito Egyp.it ad un prezzo estremamente ragionevole. QUI
NOTE: If you buy from here I will get a little income, with no extra cost for you. Just to be straight.

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