New Year, Old Year: 2018 Revisited
Day Four: The Hilarious!
What I Got Right!
Okay, here’s the problem with this category: board games don’t do humor very well. Flavor text can be amusing, but you can only read it so many times before it’s like reading a joke book. In many cases, the best a game can do is hand you the tools to create humor on your own. It almost goes without saying that such an approach is highly group dependent.
All that’s to say, I’m hedging, because there’s only one game on this list that I totally stand by today. SEAL Team Flix is effortlessly funny in much the same way that a game like Space Alert is effortlessly funny. By undercutting an oh-so-serious tactical battle with flicking, the result is a wonderful juxtaposition. We still talk about that one time Evan threw a flashback at our squad’s feet right as we entered the level. That’s gold right there.
What I Got Wrong!
The issue isn’t so much with Insider, Decrypto, and Pantone as it is with my group, because we got bored of their particular formats for sharing goofball jokes with each other. That’s the trouble with party games. What’s the difference between one that sticks around and one that fizzles out? Often, it’s that one, well, sticks around, while another, um, fizzles out. The voodoo behind those outcomes is hard to understand in hindsight, let alone predict like the weekend weather. The good news is that most of these games have found a good home. Usually with my sister, because she plays lots of entry-level party games with her friends.
Meanwhile, the significant flub is Temporal Odyssey. I’ll confess to a great deal of fondness with Level 99 Games, one of those indie companies that hits more often than they miss. This is a game I wanted to love, and because of that I did love it, if only long enough to recognize its flaws. So it goes, sometimes.
For the rest, check out day five revisited.