This month, the Spotlight shines on Katy Smith, our Marketing and Graphics Design Assistant. Although new to the team, she has already played much of the range and has narrowed her favourites down to a selection of six board game recommendations to brighten up your summer.
Katy, you have the floor!
Photosynthesis looks complicated, but is surprisingly easy to pick up! You grow trees from seeds through to full bloom, collecting points based on the position of the sun on the board. You then spend these points to plant new trees, and the cycle continues.
What I love about Photosynthesis is that the sun moves to a new position each round, which adds a very unique element to the game and it looks stunning on the table.
Lost Seas is one of our newer releases which is a bit different to anything else I’ve played before. Players lay out expedition tiles in a 4 x 4 grid, which signal the artefacts that need to be placed in that row or column to score points.
You then take it in turn to lay exploration tiles, containing these objects, trying to meet the requirements for as many rows and columns as possible to score the most points and win!
Another great word game I would recommend is Word on the Street. The game plays somewhat similar to Anomia, you pick a category card and must think of a word that fits, but there’s a time limit of 30 seconds.
After brainstorming the best words with your team and agreeing on a final answer, you must spell out the words, moving the letter tiles on the board towards your side of the street. The first team to tug eight letters to their side wins!
Living Forest was a game I learned recently to demo to the Coiledspring team. You play as a Spirit of Nature to save the forest from devastating flames, with the help of elements brought to you by Guardian Animals.
This game is great because there are multiple ways to win, meaning not everyone is following the same strategy. Anyone who has seen Living Forest will know that the artwork in this game is BEAUTIFUL, which makes me love the game even more!
This was one of the first games I played at Coiledspring, and is still one of my favourites! Each player takes it in turns to flip over a card, which features a symbol and a category. If two players have matching symbols in front of them it’s a race to shout out an answer that relates to the other person’s category first.
What I love most about this game is that there can be some hilarious answers as everyone is thinking quickly under pressure. People often get carried away and try to play when it isn’t their turn, which makes the game very entertaining!
Bonus – The Mind
I would be amiss not to mention The Mind! I played this game before starting at Coiledspring, and loved how unique it was. Players work together to place down their cards in numerical order, but can’t communicate…at all (or see each other’s cards.)
Every time I play this game I just want to keep going until I complete it. I still haven’t reached further than level 6, but I’m determined to get to level 12 one day!
Let us know on social media if you have played any of these games before!