Is Activate Games the Future of Arcades?

From carnival games, to arcade machines, to escape rooms, interactive amusement attractions continue to evolve. Activate Games in Canada and the US combines elements of virtual and physical play to create an experience unlike anything else I’ve experienced to-date.

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Board Game Geek: The Card Game Review

Board Game Geek is the hands-down best resource for tabletop gaming online. It’s got a library of information for pretty much every board game and card game ever made, user reviews, message boards, user profiles that allow you to keep an online tally of your game collection and the results of any board game you’ve ever played, and more. At some point in one’s tabletop gaming journey, they will inevitably end up on the site and benefit from everything it has to offer.

What better way to commemorate the best tabletop gaming website than with…a tabletop game?

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Online Review

Despite the obvious benefits that come with the digital adaptation of the Pokemon Trading Card Game, it feels like fans see it as an afterthought. At its core, the appeal for players and collectors is the experience of having physical cards. There’s a joy that comes with having them on display, kept safely in a binder, or held in your hand just before playing them on the board. Even when The Pokemon Company gives codes with every physical product to unlock cards and other accessories in the video game, codes are sold for dirt cheap or even simply given away.

For collectors with zero interest in playing the game in any form, the existence of an online version is a moot point. But if you have even the slightest interest in playing the game, Pokemon TCG shouldn’t be ignored.

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Pixel Tactics Review

No large boards. No armies of miniature figures. No handfuls of dice to chuck.

No problem?

Pixel Tactics aims to bring the war to your tabletop with just a deck of cards, a fold-out playmat, and some damage tokens. How big of a battle can you possibly be in for?

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Mysterium Park Review

The director of a circus has been murdered. Their death remains unsolved, leaving their ghost stuck in purgatory. In order to free them from this terrible, the ghost reaches out to a team of psychics through visions in hopes that they can decipher the visions and nab the perpetrator. Are you and your team able to solve the murder at Mysterium Park?

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Scoville Review

Time to kick your board game session up a notch!

Scoville by Tasty Minstrel Games is a game about the full pepper experience, from planting, harvesting, selling, and even competing in chili cookoffs. Will you be taking home the Scoville Chili Cookoff trophy?

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Parks Review

Take a year-long journey through the American wilderness in Parks by Keymaster Games. Managing your pair of hikers, you’ll explore everything that nature has to offer, from deserts, to canyons, to forests, and America’s national parks. Are you ready to take the trip?

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Mario Golf: Super Rush Review

From the masterclass that is Mario Golf on the Nintendo 64 to the groundbreaking golf RPG that is Mario Golf on the Game Boy, Nintendo knows how to make a great golf game. Unfortunately, incredible golf games don’t necessarily translate to mass appeal. Prior to the release of Mario Golf: Super Rush, the franchise has only sold about six million units across decades worth of games. That’s roughly half of what their tennis games sell and less than a quarter of what Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has sold in far less time.

For many, a lack of interest in the sport is a hurdle not worth overcoming to try a video game adaptation. Even for the few that give golf games a shot, the seemingly glacial pace of video game golf may be too much for newcomers to bear.

Enter Mario Golf: Super Rush. As a means of picking up the pace, Super Rush goes all-in on the concept of speed golf. On top of that, the running parts of the game a few fantastical elements akin to Mario Kart. Does this foundational shift towards speed make for a better and more accessible game?

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Wavelength Review

On a scale of underrated-to-overrated, where along the spectrum does Goldeneye 007 rank? Wavelength is a party game for two or more players to create and answer these types of questions. Are you and your friends on the same…wavelength?

(sorry)

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Back to the Future: Back in Time Review

“Great Scott!”

Back to the Future: Back in Time uses the plot of the first movie as the backdrop for this cooperative board game. Playing as Marty, Doc, Jennifer, and Einstein (the dog, not the person), you must work together to fix the DeLorean, ensure that Marty’s parents fall in love, and time travel out of the 50s before forever altering history. Can you get this done before November 12th, 1955 at 10:04pm?

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