News & Reviews — family games

Staff Pick: Mysterium

Posted by Charlie Graham on

<a href="https://cat-mouse-games.myshopify.com/cart/5741214533:1" target="_blank">Buy Mysterium</a> On the night of December 13th, 1894, a man-servant was found dead under highly suspicious circumstances after a costume party in the Warwick mansion. Around a hundred guests attended the party, leaving a long, indistinct list of suspects. Despite a lengthy police investigation, no one was tried for the crime and it was ruled accidental. The Warwick family eventually abandoned the mansion, selling it to the wealthy MacDowell clan. The mansion sat empty for years until Conrad MacDowell, psychic scion of the clan, returned home from the war. Setting his sights on restoring the family holdings, he noticed...

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Staff Pick: Concept

Posted by Charlie Graham on

  Concept 4-12 players 30-60 minutes     How would I describe Concept? I would use the game symbol, the idea symbol, and the head symbol. That’s probably confusing, but stay with me: Concept is a party game where you reduce complex ideas to simple ones. On the game board, you have a series of symbols. These can represent anything from “automobile” to “green” to “war.” Using these symbols, you attempt to describe the concept on your card. To make this easier, the game provides you with a clever refinement system. You are given a green question mark token indicating...

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