Our Block Ness review, what we have to say about the spatial reasoning and area control family game with a Loch Ness Monster theme. This is an incredibly easy to play title that has you make one decision from just a few options on your way to expanding your monster in the pond with limited space, being able to grow bigger than your opponents who are trying to do the same thing.
This game knows exatly who it is and plays into it’s aesthetic nicely. We took a look across fun, replayability, player interaction, quality and art & style to come up with the overall score for our Block Ness review. See the breakdown by category below.
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– CATEGORY BREAKDOWN –
Fun (7 out of 10)
For the fun section of the Block Ness review, we award a solid 7 out of 10. If you are comparing this to the best abstract strategy titles out there this is more like a 5 but as a family game, this is the perfect thing for kids to bring in spatial reasoning. It is quick, using fun creatures in their exciting habitat, simple but still with strategic edge.
You are a small monster in a pond with all the other loch ness creatures. Each turn you need to grow by a segment from either your head or tail. Your choices get more and more limited as space begins to fill up. If you able to think a few steps ahead, put your opponents in tough spots and grow the largest before time is up, then you should be able to succeed. It is too the point and just a nice fun thing everyone can get behind.
Replayability (7 out of 10)
For the replayability section of the Block Ness review, we award a good 7 out of 10. This one is on the table in no time and plays quick. It doesn’t take much to make that quick window and entertaining one and Block Ness goes above and beyond so it is easily you want to play over and over again,
There are no set boundaries, it is up to you to be as clever as you can be with the space available to you. Every game will be completely different and follow its own path. Taking the monster apart is a bit of a hassle, but the fun plus the faced paced play makes for good replayability.
Player Interaction (7 out of 10)
For the player interaction section of the Block Ness review, we award a solid 7 out of 10. This game is all about fighting over space so the player interaction is real. Not only do you need to set yourself up for the future with every move but you need to block your opponent wherever you can.
The interesting thing is that you have different components to work with of different heights and depending on what is on the board, you can jump over other segments when you are bigger. Not only do you have to master covering the right space but you have to use the right pieces to make sure you can cover whatever the other players are doing. For a quick-fire spatial control title, the interaction is on the higher end.
Quality (7 out of 10)
For the quality section of the Block Ness review, we award a higher than average 7 out of 10. Games will always come down to the wire but at the same time, it is always anyone’s game. That is a sign of good balance. No one strategy will take you there, you really need to react to the circumstances of the moment to succeed. For a tight game in a tight space, it is well thought out.
The components are solid. There is not much to them but the monster pieces are well done and the board, that you need to constantly poke things into, should hold up to the test of time. The head and tail components are a bit tricky to pull out and put back together, but it just takes a little finesse. Everything across the board is economical and thought out.
Art & Style (6 out of 10)
For the art & style section of the Block Ness review, we award an ok 6 out of 10. The game just has a goofy cartoon mystic creature theme that is a ton of fun. Nothing too special but it gives you a nice little inviting adventure.
There is nothing to the game art wise, but it definitely does what it can to feed into the Loch Ness theme. The plastic monster pieces are crafted with nice little touches that do plenty to make sure this one doesn’t come across as generic. A solid job well done.
– IN CLOSING –
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This is a quick and easy spatial reasoning and control game that is great for families and has a fun Loch Ness monster theme. This one is on the table and over in a quick flash because from start to finish it is a quick-fire race to fill the space. There is nothing to this game but for as limited as your options are, you still have lots to do, with each decision having a major effect on the game. Not only do you have to fill up space, but you have opportunities to masterfully weave around your opponents, so there is always plenty to think about. A solid choice, especially for kids. This has been our Block Ness review, we hope you enjoyed it!
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