Three amazing under-the-radar Essen games (and why I love them)
Hi I'm Calvin. These are 3 of the best games I played at Spiel 2019.
Kung Fur Fight
A two-player dueling game about cat ninjas throwing down against doggy monks, Kung Fur Fight is a tense, richly illustrated game by Taiwanese designer Yunus Hsieh.
Whether competing to push down your opponent's spirit points, increase your victory points, or recruit new furry friends to your side, overcommitting (or undercommitting) will leave you far behind in this tight-rope of animal-on-animal combat.
Don't sleep on Kung Fur Fight. This is my pick for breakout hit of the convention. The rules are super simple and the combat is six-beats-five, but the level of yomi and interplay between abilities is well deep. It'll be so easy to do expansions too, as each animal deck is just 9 cards. Woof, what a game.
Has immediately become my favorite drawing game. Attempting to interpret what your friends are drawing as 'At Christmas Time' using two triangles, a squiggle, and a dot is always hilarious. Geometric Art comes with both competitive and co-operative modes, and is an absolutely perfect 'two wines in' game.
This is what my partner drew for 'Electric.' Can you guess what it is?
Given that the scoring mechanism is super simple and the game is limited to how creative you are when using the shapes rather than raw ability to draw, Geometric Art has won my own personal Turner Prize.
Anyone who hasn't got a drawing game in their collection should look into getting this - and anyone who likes drawing games in general should get this for sure. Highly recommended.
Finally a co-operative party game. No more having to outdo everyone by trying to be the most embarrassing, or worrying about counting score after three drinks. Feelinks Revelations poses questions and gets you to share how you'd feel in those situations.
After selecting responses from several randomly selected emotion cards, players will score higher if they can guess what their friends put down - that is if you care to score at all.
Feelinks had a very Fog of Love-esque vibe, in which you're trying to guess what your fellow player's response is, but is taught in 10 seconds and plays until you decide to put it away. I love it and will be hunting down a copy as soon as I can.