This month’s Board Game Bento box theme is “Territorial” and includes four games; Isle of Trains, Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants, Unreal Estate, and Race to the North Pole. As always this is not a review on the games themselves, but of the actual contents of the box and the quality of this Board Game Bento. But, you can look forward to the games being reviewed in the future.
Isle of Trains by Greater than Games
This game is all about having the right mixture of freight cars to complete delivery contracts before the competitors have the chance to complete the contract. Isle of Trains is made by one of my all time favorite game publishers Greater Than Games. So, I am really looking forward to sitting down and playing it soon.
Playtime: 45 Minutes
Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants by Kids Table Board Gaming
In Problem Picnic players are rival ant colonies trying to steal the best plates of food from the picnic. The objective of the game is to satisfy the whims of the Ant Queen by properly arranging the stolen plates of food to score points. The game is a dice rolling and dexterity game and to judge a game by its cover, it looks like a lot of fun based on it’s cute artwork.
Playtime: 20-30 minutes
Unreal Estate by Grand Gamers Guild
In Unreal Estate, players put their drafting, hand management, and timing skills to the test. By picking their favorite fantasy building from the proposal board. The objective of the game is simple to have the most points when the deck runs out. What I really like about this game is the goofy building cards, ranging from Elven Treehouse to Dwarven Tavern. Fantasy nerds like myself are bound to get a kick out of the game.
Playtime: 15-20 minutes
Race to the North Pole by Playmore Games
Race to the North Pole features a very interesting and unique rotating board, which is designed to simulate the Arctic weather conditions. The objective of the game is to of course be the first one to reach the North Pole, that is at the center of the board. Players will try to strategically use their cards to either move their own pawns or ambush the competition. A very cool feature of the game is the app Dized, which gives players loads of new content to use with the game.
Playtime: 45 Minutes
Cost: $19.94 (Amazon.com)
I have been very pleased with my subscription to Board Game Bento so far, and this month is no exception. It came with four fun looking games, plus a bonus expansion for Problem Picnic! I really look forward to giving all of these games a play, especially Isle of Trains and Problem Picnic.
Each Board Game Bento box advertises at least an $80 value. I try to always use the retail prices when calculating the value of the box, however this month I am fudging it a little bit and am using the current Amazon.com price for Race to the North Pole, since Playmore Games does not have the game for sale on their own website. When added up the total value was $76.89, plus I will add on an extra $5 for the expansion for Problem Picnic, which I believe was a kickstarter exclusive item. Putting it at just above the advertised $80 minimum value. But, the box still seems to be worth the $50 subscription value, especially since it really helps to introduce gamers to games they might not otherwise buy.
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