The past few years have been absolutely awesome when it comes to new game releases, and this year is no exception! We’ve already released some fantastic games, like Jabba’s Palace – A Love Letter Game, Star Wars – Outer Rim: Unfinished Business, Betta, Gathering of the Wicked and so many more! If you had to bet that the second half of the year would provide games for everyone, whatever your gaming style … well you’d be right! Are you as excited to discover them than we are to tell you about them? OK, let’s go!
To Play with the Kids
Ticket to Ride – Ghost Train & Mysterium Kids – Captain Echo’s Treasure
Ages: 6+ / Players: 2 – 4 / Duration: 15 – 30 minutes // Ages: 6+ / Players: 2 – 6 / Duration: 15 – 30 minutes
If you follow our blog – and you totally should! – you may already know and love Ticket to Ride and Mysterium (if not, click to learn more)! Spoiler alert! Later this year, each of these successful franchises will add a new version to their collection, perfect for younger players.
Ticket to Ride – Ghost Train which will offer you a spooky Halloween experience, as you visit strange different locations to reach your goals. Trick or treat anyone? 👀
In Mysterium Kids – Captain Echo’s Treasure, young players will help others guess a card by making the sound of that card’s illustration on a tambourine. Will you be able to differentiate the sound of a toothbrush from the sound of a sponge?
For Your Parties
Super Cortex Challenge
Ages: 6+ / Players: 2 – 6 / Duration: < 15 minutes
Do you know the Cortex[EB1] product line (previously called Braintopia)? If so, you’ll find new, more difficult challenges in Super Cortex Challenge. This version is for players who find the original “too easy dude!” Memory, logic and sensory perception will be put to the test. Will you be up to the expert Cortex challenge?
Spot It! – Friends
Ages: 6+ / Players: 2 – 8 / Duration: < 15 minutes
Any nostalgic Friends fans in the house? You know, the hit ‘90s sitcom that defined the hairstyle of a generation? In the Friends version of Spot It!, be the first to match iconic elements of the ’90s′ cult show on two cards. And, for the first time, you can now play in teams! See you at Central Perk!
Stranger Things – Attack of the Mind Flayer
Ages: 10+ / Players: 4 – 10 / Duration: 15 – 30 minutes
The Mind Flayer is creating an army to invade the Earth! Stranger Things – Attack of the Mind Flayer is an innovative and fast-paced secret identity and bluffing game based on the universe of the popular Netflix TV series. However, unlike other hidden identity games, you need take most of your good and bad actions publicly! Be vigilant and try to find out who among you is possessed and stop them from attacking you.
Ages: 16+ / Players: 3 – 6 / Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Speaking of Netflix series, here is another one we’re sure you’ve heard of! If you’ve always wanted to be immersed in the show – that’s your choice, personally, it’s a hard pass for us, unless it’s in a board game format – you will be able to do so safely, without any risk of death, with this game. You will find the same six challenges the protagonists of the series faced. Will you survive the squid game?
*Note that this game is for a mature audience, 16 and up!
Ticket to Ride – San Francisco
Ages: 8+ / Players: 2 – 4 / Duration: 15 – 30 minutes
Ticket to Ride is a game series that no longer really needs an introduction. Based on the same simple system that made the product line so popular (where you aim to reach your destinations by placing trains on different routes on the board – before another player ruins your plans), Ticket to Ride – San Francisco is a compact version of the original game, where you explore the emblematic West Coast city and use Cable Cars instead of trains!
Ages: 10+ / Players: 2 / Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Splendor is a multi-award-winning game that is beloved by novice and experienced players alike. While the original game can be playedby a duo, Splendor Duel has been specifically designed for two players, with new strategies and rules. Which one will wear the crown?
Ages: 7+ / Players: 2 – 6 / Duration: 15 – 30
Do you love everything and anything with a Japanese theme? Do you love fast card games? Do you love those little machines that give you a random toy in a little plastic ball? Well Gasha is all of that! A set-collection game where you never know what you’re going to get (exactly like in that little machine, see?) in Gasha, create collections to gain points and, perhaps, win the game.
Coatl – The Card Game
Ages: 10+ / Players: 1 – 4 / Duration: 15 – 30 minutes
Have you heard about Coatl? It’s a fun pattern-building game where you build Aztec serpents, called Coatl. Coatl – The Card Game is a card game inspired by the original board game. In this version, you still need to build your serpents, but there is a great deal of strategy involved if you want to win the game. If you already own Coatl, we should note that this little card game also includes a mini expansion for the original game.
Ages: 8+ / Players: 2 – 5 / Duration: 15 – 30 minutes
Will you be able to save the dinosaurs from extinction? No pressure 🦖 Well, that’s the premise of Cubosaurs, a faced-paced game (played in only two rounds!), where you’ll either place dinos in front of you, or pass them on to the next player. Looks simple, right? Don’t be fooled, there is a lot more than meets the eye in this little collection game for the entire family.
For Those Seeking an Extra Challenge
Unlock! – Game Adventures
Ages: 10+ / Players: 1 – 6 / Duration: 45 – 60 minutes
The Unlock! series of escape-room inspired games already has more than 10 versions to choose from! This year, there is a very special one joining them: Unlock! – Game Adventures. The three challenges included in this box are based on three well-known board games: Mysterium, Pandemic, and Ticket to Ride. Will you escape the haunted manor? Can you defy the evil plans of the Rail Barons? Will you save humanity? These challenges are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Azul – Master Chocolatier
Ages: 8+ / Players: 2 – 4 / Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Now considered a classic, Azul is an abstract game, where you must expertly place tiles to create a beautiful mosaic and earn the most points. Hang on to your tastebuds, because a yummy, limited edition of Azul is on the way! Azul – Master Chocolatier uses the same rules as the original game, but with a delicious chocolate twist. You’re going to want seconds!
Assassin’s Creed – Brotherhood of Venice
Ages: 14+ / Players: 1 – 4 / Duration: 45 – 60 minutes
If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed,the video game, then this is for you! Become one of the iconic assassins through 26 cooperative scenarios! Immerse yourself in the Italian Renaissance, with Brotherhood of Venice! We can’t get over the fantastic assassin miniatures and the iconic Ezio Auditore pose!
A Collection That Melts Our Hearts!
Ages: 3+ / Players: 1+ / Duration: N/A
OK. We must tell you… the first time our team saw this collection of puzzles, we squealed! This collection of 14 puzzles, based on the fantastic artwork of Dixit is simply beautiful. You can choose one of the six 500-piece puzzles, or one of the eight 1000-piece puzzles. But let’s be honest, why choose, when you can get them all? There is also a special bonus included for Dixit fans: a never-before-seen promo card for the game in each of the puzzles!
Rewrite History in the Wild Wild West!
Ages: 12+ / Players: 2 – 4 / Duration: 60 – 120 minutes
Take control of the Wild West in Unexpected Games studio’s third title, 3000 Scoundrels, coming this fall! Create unique characters, build powerful combos, and outsmart foes to become the most powerful gang leader in the West.
And these are only the games we can tell you about! There are also new games set in the universe of a famous non-muggle, or in a galaxy far, far away; a new party game perfect for gatherings; a new version of a popular symbol-matching game… we’ve already said too much!