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Game Fan - 80 Game Ratings

Member Since: Oct 22, 2010

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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56 47% Chess (1600) - Jan 26, 2023
"Chess can be very interesting to think about, but to really engage with it, you need the kind of brain that finds diving deep into literally thousands of years of history, context, and strategy fascinating instead of intimidating, and I'm afraid I don't."
1% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984) - Jan 22, 2023
"This rating isn't because this is a bad game, because it's not; it's well-made and well-written, full of humor and thoughtful satire. And it's not because I don't think it should exist, because it absolutely should, there are so many people who have gotten a lot out of it. No, this is a completely personal, subjective, and unfair rating, because oh my god the deepest fibers of my being hate the idea of games that become unwinnable, and becoming unwinnable is this game's central mechanic."
36 25% Battleship (1967) - Jan 21, 2023
"I fell like this is one of those games that seems like it must have more strategy to it than it does, that you pull out going "Okay, *this* time it's going to be interesting" and it's... I mean, maybe it happens to be that time, and that's what keeps you playing, but most of the time..."
64 54% Fluxx (1997) - Jan 21, 2023
"I wouldn't pull out Fluxx for a night with my friends - it's not very deep, and while it can create fun chaos, other games stoke chaos faster and better. And there are better choices to introduce someone to the wider world of board games. But Fluxx has one very important use case: Being at a big gathering of normie acquaintances and wanting an activity that'll let everyone bounce chaotically off one another and have fun doing it. At the family reunion, it shines."
72 63% NBA Jam (1993) - Jan 20, 2023
"For someone who never really got into sports games, this was absolutely one of the most appealing, due to the focused, exaggerated, colorful gameplay, and the way the aesthetics all came together."
35 23% Evil Baby Orphanage (2012) - Jan 19, 2023
"A fun concept that doesn't translate into fun gameplay. It's got some workable mechanics, certainly, but it's one of those games where the first few games are frustrating because of needing to figure out what the actual strategy is, and the games after that are frustrating because once both players have figured out the strategy, it becomes very predictable in a frustratingly random way, with the players looping thru the deck repeatedly to the point of memorizing the order."
19 9% Mystery Date (1965) - Jan 19, 2023
"Barely even a game, and full of unpleasant social expectations even in the most updated versions."
80 74% Titanic: Adventure Out of Time (1996) - Jan 19, 2023
"A weird and unique adventure game with a detailed and ridiculously thorough environment to explore - apparently, real-life Titanic researchers used it as a tool - and lots of replay value."
78 70% Pok√©mon Trading Card Game (1998) - Jan 19, 2023
"Definitely a nostalgia pick, but this is quite good for a license-of-a-license, and for translating a TCG into a self-contained single-player experience. It got me into them in the first place (which may or may not be a good thing, but oh well)."
55 44% Candyland (1949) - Jan 19, 2023
"Obviously not something you'd want to play as an adult, but as far as "classic" board games you can play with small children go, this one's one of the most inoffensive."