Saturday, April 13, 2024

Circle the Wagons, By Button Shy / Even Toys and Games - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:            Card game

Rating:                       ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:   8 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Board-gamers who enjoy strategy games 

Button Shy makes “small” games - like, 18-cards-only small games. We are BIG FANS of Sprawlopolis and Skulls of Sedlec. So when Even Toys and Games sent over a few more Button Shy games, we were THRILLED! Today, I’m going to start with “Circle the Wagons”. 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Maximise Your Scores With The Best Strategy! 

“Circle the Wagons” feels similar to “Sprawlopolis” in a few ways - both games centred around a “building” theme and have similar placement rules. Each of the card has 4 quadrants on it, and each quadrant has a background represents a territory (Desert, Forest, Mountains, Plains, Snow, Water) and an icon (Beer, Fort, Gun, Pickaxe (Mines), Cow, Wagon). First, randomly select 3 cards to set the scoring objectives. Next, take turn to draft a card from a circle for your boomtown. Similar to Sprawlopolis, a newly placed card must touch or overlap an existing territory card. Players score 1 point per quadrant in their largest area of each of the 6 types of territories. Players may also score points (or get their points deducted) depends on the 3 scoring conditions (eg, you might get a “scoring condition” where 2 points will be earned for every Beer adjacent to a Wagon, but a point deducted for every Beer not adjacent to a Wagon). 

(2) Clever Cards- Drafting Mechanism 

I LOVE the cards-drafting mechanism that really elevate the strategic perspective of the game! Cards are arranged in a circle and each player draft the card in clockwise order. When it’s your turn to draft, you can choose the next card available, or skip over 1 or more cards. But there’s a catch: any cards you skip over are then immediately drafted by your opponent (and your opponent cannot say “no” to those cards)! It’s STRATEGY everywhere! 

(3) LARGE Combinations Of Variables With Just 18 Cards 

I love how the game creates large combinations of variables by using just 18 cards. Players need to formulate new strategy each round depending on the 3 objective cards being drawn and the order of the cards in the circle. We have played more than a dozen rounds of this game and each time it truly felt different! There is also rules included for a solo play variant. 

(4) Light Weight & Compact 

This game is light weight, compact, travel-friendly. Seriously, I can’t ask for more. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

Aussie Hobbies (Australia) 

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