Korea Board Games Review

Korea Board Game Company

Korea Board Games was kind enough to send our group a box of four games! The joy of opening and playing has been exciting! Read on to learn about each of the games.

11/22/2017

Terrible Monster Board Game Review

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Description/Game Play
Terrible Monster is simple and fast two player game. On a turn, a player draws a card and plays one or two cards from their hands. There are only 16 cards in the entire game. Goal is to kill your opponent by using beasts or spells cards. You begin the game with four life tokens. When your opponent plays are card against you, you can counter their play with a counter token. This action blocks their card and it is moved to the discard pile. You must use your counter tokens carefully as you only receive two. If your opponent if feeling extra feisty, they can block your counter by playing both of their counter tokens, leaving you defenseless. There are only three beast cards in the game which does make it a bit difficult to deal significant damage. The strongest beast is also unplayable, meaning you must use a spell card to get to the table by playing a card from the discard pile or other various ways. 

Verdict
Terrible Monster is fast and easy to learn. It's easily portable because of it's deck size. This compact game does however lack depth and strategy. With the limited number of cards, it doesn't leave much room for wondering what move your opponent is going to make next, when your hand size is 5 cards. There is also a significant amount of luck involved by drawing a card each turn. I would play this game again if offered but it's definitely not a game I will be begging my family to play. 

Gateway Score 6/10
Overall Score 4/10

Star Plus Board Game Review

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Description/Game Play
Star Plus is a 2-6 player game for ages 7+. Players are dealt nine cards. The cards are numbered one through six. There are a few special cards, 7 allow you to take two cards from the right, 8 allows you to take two cards from the left, 9 reverses play direction and ZEUS that allows you to skip your turn. The objective is to discard all of your cards. The first player must discard any number cards to make a total of one. Each player creates their own discard pile in front of them. If they are able, play moves to the left with the new total is two. If they are unable, they must draw two cards from the draw deck. Play continues around the table until a total of twelve is reached, then is returns to one. A Black Hole is triggered when a player has to lay three or more cards to make a total. When a Black Hole is in effect, players must discard a minimum of three cards to make their total. If they are unable they must draw four cards instead of two. The effects of the Black Hole are cancelled after one player is unable to use three or more cards and must draw four. The round ends when one person discards their entire hand or the last card is drawn from the main deck. The game is played over three rounds. At the end of each around, a running total is counted. Each card left in your discard pile is one point, you must subtract one point for each card left in your hand. If you were able to empty your hand you gain five additional points. After three rounds, the player with the highest total is the winner. 

Verdict
The game is a great filler game. I loved the math facts hidden in this game! My child didn't know she was practicing! The icons to remind you to take from the left or right on the 7, and 8 cards were a bit confusing. The star theme was also not very prominent throughout the game. Despite those two drawbacks, we had fun and will definite play again. 

Gateway Score 6/10
Overall Score 7/10

Spoil me Not! Board Game Review

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Description/Game Play
Spoil me Not! is a card auctioning game for 3-6 players. The first player chooses one card from their hand and plays it face up on the table. A token is placed on top of it to mark it as the last card to be taken. Cards come in four colors and are numbered one through ten. There are a few special cards, a positive/negative, multiply by two and multiply by zero card to spice up the game play. Next, every other player plays a card from their hand face down. They reveal at the same time. The person who laid the first card and placed the token gets to choose which card they would like to keep. The next player to choose is the person whose card was chosen, and so on until all the cards are all drawn. The player who takes the last card, the one with the token, is the starting player for the next round. The game ends when the entire deck has been played. Players add up their scores for each color and applying the effects of the special cards. The highest scorer is the winner. 

Verdict
You may or may not be a spoiled brat in this game! There is definitely an element of burning your friends and fighting for what you want in this game. We were constantly trying to decide which card to play based off of what the other players have collected. We definitely enjoyed the playing and will play again!

Gateway Score 6/10
Overall Score 7/10

Pile-Up Rush Board Game Review

Description/Game Play
Pile-Up Rush a Jenga like dexterity game for 2 players. A wooden circle is placed in the middle of the table. Each player has a set different colored, identical wooden blocks that come in a variety so shapes and sizes. Play begins with the first player placing up to three of their blocks on top of the wooden circle. The next player, can place as many pieces as they would one top. Play goes back and forth while flipping a timer to ensure speediness is taken into account! The first person to gain four victory points in the winner. You can victory points in three ways. One point if your opponent causes one more blocks to fall off the ring, one point if your opponent takes too long to place their wooden pieces and the timer runs out, and two points for putting all of your blocks on the wooden ring. There are multiple rounds played until one is victorious.

Verdict
This was a fun and fast paced game to play with friends and family. It definitely had a Jenga feel to is by stacking your pieces while hoping you didn't know any down. The time element also added more challenge. 

Gateway Score 7/10
Overall Score 6/10

This combo review was written by overjoyed Annamous!