Mint Works: The Minty Fresh Worker Placement Game

Game: Mint Works: The Minty Fresh Worker Placement Game
Game Design: Justin Blaske
Game Development: Five24 Labs, LLC
Graphic Design: Felix Janson, Justin Blaske
Art: Thomas Tamblyn, Delapouite
Board Game Type: Worker Placement Game

Players: 1-4
Duration: 10-20 minutes
Age recommended on tin: 13+
Age of kid who thoroughly crushed his parents: 8
Time to learn: <5 minutes

Mint Works Board Game Review

Board Game Description/Gameplay

Here's a game who's title speaks for itself. It's a compact worker placement game that can be thrown into your purse (or murse) with ease. Being such a tiny little game with a straightforward name, I'll admit that I wasn't expecting interesting and exciting game play. I was wrong. 

Ignore the quizzical looks of fellow patrons. Or better yet, invite them over to build a neighborhood of their own! This little game is perfect to take to your local brewery or coffee shop.

Ignore the quizzical looks of fellow patrons. Or better yet, invite them over to build a neighborhood of their own! This little game is perfect to take to your local brewery or coffee shop.

In Mintworks, you compete with other neighborhood planners to build a fine neighborhood in the fresh city of Mintopia. Cute little mint tokens are your currency, and the first player to earn 7 stars wins the game. Each round is made up of a development phase and then an upkeep phase. In the development you can acquire building plans and build those plans. The upkeep phase is a quick cleanup of the game to reset it for the next round and assess the current score.

The fun of the game is in the building plans. Each building offers perks for your new town. These perks help you win the game. The perks are typically the stars that you need to win the game, or extra mint-money that you need to buy more plans. Super simple. Super quick. Yet surprisingly fun.

If you are a seasoned board gamer, this game will not be the main course at your weekly game night. However, it is a great addition to any tabletop collection. The basic setup is clearly laid out in the instructions and easy to learn, making it a great gateway game for your non-gamer friends. Once you have them hooked, pull out the two optional advanced cards to mix things up a bit. The game also includes a solitaire mode with AI competitor cards. So really, you don't even need friends to play this game. The people at Five24 Labs thought of everything.

Verdict

Mintworks is a great gateway game! See if you can find it at your local game store, as the online selling price has been significantly higher than it's original kickstarter price.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Simple setup
  • Quick and easy to learn
  • Different difficulty levels for some variety
  • Single player option with AI opponents
  • Quality cards with appealing streamlined artwork

Cons

  • Play mints could easily be mistaken for real mints. Watch out for kids!
  • The instruction booklet and game tin are the same size. However, the booklet has sharp corners while the tin has rounded corners. Therefore the booklet cannot be placed into the tin without either being trimmed or bent. This causes reviewer Fifi great distress.

This review was written by May Begaming, who thinks minty fresh breath is vital to social engagement.