Musings From Us Entries For Board Games

The following are the various articles that have been filed and posted under the category of Software / Board Games that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.

Scrabble

This entry was posted in Board Games, Software, Word Games by Snowfoxx on

Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Graphics:★★★☆☆ 
Sound:★★☆☆☆ 
Value:★★★★☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★¼☆ 

It is amazing how Hasbro keeps bringing these classic games to life by making the available for the PC. Now, we have the original Scrabble, with the letter tiles with the little numbers on them, and that crossword board with the pink, red, blue, and cyan squares that boost your scores when your word is placed on them.

While I love the old Scrabble games I’d play with the family, and we even had the Scrabble dictionary, since my grandmother was such a big fan of the game, I found playing against a computer rather than a real person to be sort of cold and not really as much fun. I did like the “Best Word” feature, because it would automatically find the best place for you to make words with what tiles you had to work with for you. This was great also for blocking your opponent. It seems the dictionary could use some updating, because some words I tried to use, which I know are regularly used in everyday speech would be disqualified. Hasbro needs a lesson in post-modern lexicon. Still, it is a pretty fun adaptation of Scrabble, but I think I’ll be sticking to the analog version.

Once Upon a Time in Chicago

This entry was posted in Board Games, Card Games, Casual Games, Software by Snowfoxx on

Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Graphics:★★★☆☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★★★☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★¾☆ 

American history has its bleak times, and the early part of the 20th century is like some kind of dark fairy tale, but there is no magic when it comes to taking over a huge city during the Jazz Age. This is the time of real gangsters, flappers, speak-easy casinos, bootleg gin, and a stock market built on credit. There are no knights, and the weapons of choice are Tommy guns and switchblades. This is Chicago in the 1920s, and you might wonder why we are even here. Why, to build a casino empire, of course!

The Game of Life

This entry was posted in Board Games, Casual Games, Software by Snowfoxx on

Gameplay:★★☆☆☆ 
Graphics:★★★★☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★☆☆☆ 
Fun Factor:★★☆☆☆ 
Overall:★★½☆☆ 

I was pretty pleased to see this release at first, since I had so much fun with the PopCap version of Monopoly, but this game was rather chaotic, and did not play as smoothly as I expected. It was not quite the same as having that huge board laid out with its noisy, rainbow-coloured spinner, and the multi-coloured non-legal tender money with the people on it with the cute names like G. I. Luvmoney and in the 1960 version my parents owned, Art Linkletter was on the $100,000 bill. Then again, the U.S. Mint was actually printing bills with those denominations back then. It was pretty cool to see them, even though I was only five at the time. (My mother worked at City National Bank in Columbus, Ohio then.)

Monopoly ®

This entry was posted in Board Games, Casual Games, Software, Strategy Games by Snowfoxx on

Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Graphics:★★★★☆ 
Sound:★★★★☆ 
Value:★★★★☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

With the colder months settling in, along with new promotions at McD’s, it seemed like this was a good time to let the Musings readers know about one the better versions of Monopoly out there. Just the game we used to play, minus the soda, chips and dip, and WNCI radio in the background, we can customize the game to our liking, and we have the option to change the starting cash amount. We can start with $1000, the traditional $1500, and $2000. You can set how you want to play the Free Parking space, from no cash to a set amount of $250, the taxes only, or a random reward directly from the bank. We also have the option to play again real people on a LAN and against AI players. The little pewter pieces have all taken on their own personalities. My favourite is the little dog.

Liong: The Lost Amulets

This entry was posted in Board Games, Casual Games, Mahjong, Match 3, Puzzle Games, Software, Strategy Games by Snowfoxx on

Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Graphics:★★★★★ 
Sound:★★★★★ 
Value:★★★★★ 
Fun Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Take your favourite mahjong game, and add a splash of hidden object, then some of your classic logic games like Memory, and choose those game with a wheel of fortune, and you have Liong: The Lost Amulets.

With a beautiful Chinese theme, Liong is a wonderful culmination of classic games in one great mix, but every time you get a new challenge, it is not like the last. Even the hidden object puzzles are different, as in some you search for items on a list, and in others you simply look for many variations of the same object. There is a spot the difference game, and so many more. Even the mahjong is different from the classic, as we are not searching for outer matching tiles, but tiles that match the list below the grid, and if you find more matches quickly, you get bonus points. Liong is a wonderful way to while away the hours on a rainy afternoon. Call your favourite take-out place for some General Tso Chicken and steamed rice, and put on a pot of black tea, because you will want to be in a very Asian mood when you play Liong. Test out the trial, and you’ll be hooked in no time.