What do you get when you take planetary terraforming and tile placement? Nope, probably not the game you’re thinking about. Today, Fairway takes a look at a recently delivered Kickstarter game about terraforming a distant planet: Landed.
Gazing at the stars has been a pastime for humanity for generations. We love to seek out the brilliance sparkling in the night sky, catch as many shooting stars as we can, and sometimes, if we squint just the right way, we can see bits of ourselves in the cosmos. StarFall by Scott Almes is a game in which astronomers compete to identify cosmic wonders in hopes of creating the best portfolio and titled the most renowned astronomer.
I’m not sure if it has more to do with science or the stunning crimson vistas, but lately it seems like everyone is packing their bags for Mars. The red planet has been a beacon for human imagination for years, from Robert Heinlein’s The Green Hills of Earth to NASA’s push to the stars. Novelist Andy Weir stranded us on Mars in 2011, an adventure echoed four years later in Ridley Scott’s big screen adaptation of The Martian. Now game designer Jacob Fryxelius has set his sights on the planet as well, asking players to spend a couple hours bringing life and sustainability to the fourth rock from the Sun.
Fairway has a long history with playing 4X games. 4X means “explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.” And with the release of Civilization VI, it only seems fitting to preview than Button Shy’s upcoming wallet game: Universal Rule. It’s a space-themed, 4X game in 18 cards.
Pew! Pew! Pew! Boom! With a pocket full of tokens, Fairway takes over the joystick and previews the upcoming dice-rolling, micro game, Starcade by designer Derak Morrell. It’s coming to Kickstarter next week.
In this very special preview, Fairway takes TIGR to another galaxy and as he explores the new expansion to Scott Almes’s Tiny Epic Galaxy, Beyond the Black. See if Fairway is able to hire a trustworthy pilot to return him safely while he boldly goes… exploring.
Mars is a lonely place… today. I mean, there’s a few rovers tooling around the planet, but it’s no place for humans. For the mission directors of Mars 04:45, they have plans to change all that. Fairway takes a look at real-time, multiplayer solitaire game: Mars 04:45. See if he can successfully populate the red planet.
Exoplanets by Board & Dice (and soon to be published by Greater than Games) is a two to four player, solar system building game set around a distant sun. Players place planets in orbits around the sun, collect resources, and attempt to establish life. Fairway reviews this Kickstarter-funded game.