We’ve got lots of new games this week. Check ’em out!
Codenames: Harry Potter features the gameplay from Codenames Duet, with players working together to reveal the right cards before they run out of time or summon Lord Voldemort!
Arkham Horror (Third Edition) is a cooperative board game for one to six players who take on the roles of investigators trying to rid the world of eldritch beings known as Ancient Ones. Based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, players will have to gather clues, defeat terrifying monsters, and find tools and allies if they are to stand any chance of defeating the creatures that dwell just beyond the veil of our reality.
ICECOOL2 is both a standalone game and an expansion for ICECOOL. If played on its own, it differs from the original game thanks to: tasks on 1-point cards, fish-moving power on 2-point cards and optional tournament scoring. If you combine both ICECOOL sets, you get: multiple new layouts, new game mode called “The Race”, games playable for up to eight players, and chances to create your own new layouts.
Maki Stack In this fun new 2-6 player game, balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. Be careful because one wrong move and everything might tumble over! Use your fingers as chopsticks to stack pieces, or play in team mode, with each teammate using only one hand and one finger. Maybe you’ll play in blindfold mode, with you guiding your teammate as they blindly build the tower of sushi.
Kero is a two-player game set in a future unfriendly world, where you play as clan leaders – managing a camp, a tanker truck and 7 explorers – competing for the same lands. Their ability to win the game will be based on how much kerosene cans they can find and how they use it wisely. Collect as many resources as possible while using as little as possible of the KERO in your tanker-truck to upgrade your camp and claim New Territories! This game is played in 3 rounds each comprising of several turns. Can you handle the pressure under the time restriction?
Batman the Animated Series This new co-op game that plays anywhere from 1-5 players, each taking on the role of a powerful Gotham City superhero and must defend the city over the course of four acts, with each act inspired by episodes from the first season of the Batman series. Players will need to work together to find the right balance between completing challenging story cards, or taking down the villains and masterminds running rampant in the streets!
Snow Time In this 3-5 player game, you play as children, representing your village, and face your opponents in a joyful competition around a marvelous tree. Anticipate other players’ moves and guess their intentions. Be crafty, collect strange fruits, and dodge the snowballs!
Gizmos In Gizmos,a 2-4 player game, you want to build engines — engines within the game to get things done faster. Using the four types of energy marbles, plucked from the 3D marble dispenser, you purchase and construct new additions to your works. As you build, new attachments can trigger chain reactions, letting you do even more on your turn. Whoever builds the greatest machine and collects the most victory points wins!
Forbidden Sky In the latest edition of the Forbidden franchise, Forbidden Sky, 2-5 players, soar to dizzying heights in the electrifying cooperative adventure. Working together to explore a mysterious platform that floats at the center of a savage storm. Connect a circuit of cables to launch a secret rocket — all before you are struck by lightning or blown off to the depths below. The ship lights up and makes noises!
In Endeavor: Age of Sail, 2-5 players strive to earn glory for their empires. Sailing out from Europe and the Mediterranean, players will establish shipping routes and occupy cities the world over. As they do so, players will leverage their growing industry, culture, finance, and influence, building their engine and extending their reach into the far-flung regions of the world.
Just Four Kicks In this hilarious party game where anything can happen through creativity, quick thinking, and general debauchery, watch your friends try to act out “being too drunk at a wedding”. Bring it to your next game night and it’ll be guaranteed to bring your friends together through countless laughs and just a touch of embarrassment.
Wildlands In a lawless fantasy world, 2- 4 players must band together for survival, treasure, or maybe even glory. Players control rival factions, each with a unique deck of cards dictating their abilities across the battlefield. Some focus on ranged prowess, some on raw strength, and others on the bond between characters, offering a wide range of playstyles to explore.
Arboretum is a strategy card game for 2-4 players, aged 10 and up, that combines set collection, tile-laying and hand management while playing in about 25 minutes. Players try to have the most points at the end of the game by creating beautiful garden paths for their visitors.
Blue Lagoon In this beautiful 2-4 player area control and set collection game (by premier designer Reiner Knezia!) players manage a group of settlers spreading out over the islands of a newly discovered archipelago. The game is played over two phases (the exploration phase followed by the settlement phase). Over the course of both phases, you will expand your presence on the board. The goal is to collect the resources scattered over the map by placing your tokens on top of them.