Kosmos will be at GenCon 2015 promoting the current and upcoming game titles. Here’s a sneak peek at what to look for.
SYNOPSIS: Dohdles! are riddles made of dough! Exercise your imagination in this artistic and hilarious sculpting and guessing game for families and parties of three to six players. Ages: 8+ | MSRP: $39.95
REVIEW: If you enjoy the sculpting part of Cranium, you should enjoy Dohdles!. However, the goal is to make it to where the other players cannot figure out what it is. I could see this not being fun to play with certain types of people, but with a fun bunch, you should have a good laugh.
SYNOPSIS: Ubongo is a fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game. Players race against the timer and against each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The faster you solve the puzzle, the more gems you get. Ages: 8+ | MSRP: $39.95
REVIEW: Tetris and puzzle fans will love Ubongo. Turn and flip the tiles in a race against the clock, and see if you can solve the puzzle. One thing that does take a little getting used to is thinking to flip the tiles over.
SYNOPSIS: Dimension is a fast-paced, innovative puzzle game that takes place in three dimensions with 60 colorful spheres. Ages: 8+ | MSRP: $49.95
REVIEW: In Dimension you draw 6 cards that determine how your spheres need to be arranged, so it’s a different game every time. I found it easy to play with the kids, and pretty quick.
Lost Cities: The Board Game
SYNOPSIS: Lost Cities: The Board Game: The research teams are outfitted and ready to embark on their adventures to find five forgotten cities. Who will lead the way to fantastic discoveries? Each player guides a team of explorers on up to five expeditions. To advance along an expedition path, a card in the path’s color must be played for each step forward. For two to four players. Ages: 10+ | MSRP: $39.95
REVIEW: Of the Kosmos offerings, Lost Cities: The Board Game is by far the biggest hit with my kids. It took a few rounds to get the hang of how game play worked out, but after that, they’re able to sit down, and get to it.
The gist is you explore the paths to the lost cities, via cards, and gather points and artifacts along the way. After three rounds, all points are tallied, and a winner is declared.
The only thing I would do differently with Lost Cities, is to add a 5-6 player expansion option. For the times you want a few extra players, that would be fun, and would mix things up a little more.
Lost Cities: The Original Card Game
SYNOPSIS: Lost Cities: The Original Card Game: Who will discover the ancient civilizations? Two explorers embark on research journeys to remote corners of the world: the Himalayan Mountains, the Central American rainforest, the Egyptian desert, a mysterious volcano, and the bottom of the sea. As the cards are played, the expedition routes take shape and the explorers earn points. For two players. Ages: 10+ | MSRP: $19.95
SYNOPSIS: Kahuna: Who will rule the South Seas? Two Kahuna — ancient sorcerers of the Pacific —compete for dominance on an archipelago consisting of twelve small islands.
Like the best two-player games, this classic card-based board game is deceptively simple and highly strategic. Ages: 10+ | MSRP: $24.05
REVIEW: Kahuna is a fun game for two players that allows for both strategy and some luck to win the game. Kahuna is similar to Settlers of Catan in how it plays, yet not as complex, and it plays faster. Since I typically play games with 4-6 players, the two player aspect is a bit of a downside for me.
Kosmos Games – Fall 2015 Releases
At GenCon 2015 Kosmos will also have sneak peaks available of their fall 2015 game releases.
Legends of Andor (Base Game) – November 2015
SYNOPSIS: The country Andor is in danger. From the forests and the mountains, the enemy back to the castle of the old king Brandur. Only your little hero group opposes them. If you succeed in defending the castle? After the first adventure still followed by many more. The witch must be found and to obtain a medicinal herb for the sick king. In the underground mines valuable gems are waiting for you, but also great risks. Finally, you have to compete against the revived ancient dragon.Will you, all these challenges? Only together you are strong and can become heroes of Andor.
Legends of Andor: New Heroes – November 2015
Expansion for Legends of Andor.
Legends of Andor: The Star Shield – November 2015
Expansion for Legends of Andor.
Tumult Royale – December 2015
Steam Time – December 2015
SYNOPSIS: It is the year 1899. For centuries, there have been myths about Stonehenge, The Great Pyramid of Giza and other monuments of times long past. But recently, they also caught interest from various nations. Rumours of strange phenomena and scientific reports multiplied: time acts strange at these places! And there’s more – crystals with new and unique features have been reported. With those crystals and state-of-the-art technology, phantastic gadgetry has been invented, which can store the knowledge of mankind or commute lead to gold. But the most wondrous thing is, they also enable us to embark on the greatest adventure: time travel! The race is on for long lost knowledge, vanished cultures and hidden treasures. With huge efforts, gigantic, steam driven airships are created to travel through time and space. On one of those steam airships, you embark on a journey to past ages, search for new crystal deposits and use your crystals wisely, to stay ahead of your competitors. Prepare for a great journey with Steam Time!