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Aug312010

First Puzzle Strike Review

Ken who runs Fortress Ameritrash was actually the only reviewer so far to receive a copy of Puzzle Strike because supply has been so limited and I've been filling orders from real customers before reviewers. Anyway, his review says, among other things:

"This is, hands down, the Game of the Year thus far for me."

Check out his full review here. Thanks Ken and the FA community!

Reader Comments (13)

Congrats on such a successful game! I'm not the type for playing board games since most of the people I have around aren't into them and even if they wanted to play they just wouldn't take it as far as I would to win and I don't have fun if they aren't having fun =/

When your online version gets going I will be here to play and give feedback so good luck with that too. Even if the online version is only for testing purposes.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcegoten

Exactly on the mark. An awesome game that's instantly fun to play but with tons of depth.


The Good:

Fun theme
Highly interactive game play
Tons of replayability
10 characters, each with their own style
No shuffling
Wooden chips really are a nice element
No VPs


The Bad:

Price. Seriously, that's all I've got.


The Ugly:

None.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

Wow, great news and well deserved.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentericewolf34

Icegoten, log onto fantasystrike.com/dev and you'll usually be able to find a game of Puzzle Strike and/or someone willing to teach.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApolloAndy

Man the comments on that page are really positive. Its cool to see the game making a splash.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJubeh

Congrats on the glowing review!

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPoisonDagger

Intriguing. I've been following the design as it's been happening, but was waiting on a review or two before pulling the trigger on the order.

In other words: making an order in the near future after reading such a glowing review!

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiles

To be fair, Puzzle Strike is really good.

By far my favourite of the three Sirlin games.

Any good 2 player game that can be easily dialed up to 3 or 4 players without exponentially increasing the game time is great in my book.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

As I've followed your works closely since the day you published the first PTW-article, I feel the need to order this.

Annoyingly, the deluxe edition would cost another 40+$ in shipping to Europe, bringing it over 200$ total. That's a bit much. So I've ordered the standard one, for about half that. Even though that's expensive, it's just about "on par" with other great board games such as Decent, Starcraft or LCGs such as Warhammer Invasion. If it is about as good, I consider that fairly priced. And I actually expect it to be better ;)

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKdansky

Kdansky: thanks, I really appreciate it.

I'm actually very surprised to hear about $40+ shipping in Europe. Perhaps you could send me your address privately, or post the address of some random restaurant or something near you, and I will look into how much the system tells me shipping would be.

I've been working weeks (months?) now on the mass produced second printing, and it's still a way's off, but I cannot wait for that to get here. It looks like a distributor will be carrying it, so there will be a more than 0% chance of seeing it in a retail store near you. Though that would only happen if that store knew the game existed, ha.

September 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterSirlin

I dont even find the price too much of an issue, If the product is of high quality it is no different than adding over 600 USD in pimping out your car's audio system.. and really all you will use that for is to listen to music.

To me, there aren't many cons, im glad the game has chips to set a balance for annoying chips like Sneak Attack... which is just absurd if one player starts with 4 points worth of buy and picks up 2 right away. Not to mention since they combo off each other it can really beat 3 other opponents fairly quick. The only way we balance this is by using both Thinking Ahead, and Self Improvement. With Thinking Ahead being the best answer for Sneak Attack.

Im waiting for an expension of Chips though, because there are a lot of chips for heavy combo's but not much for defense against Sneak Attack...

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrazykidpsx

I actually think Self Improvement usually a better response for any of the reds except Stolen purples or Pilebunker, especially if Gem Essence is out.

Also, are you using the most recent update of the chips? Sneak Attack has cost $3 since even the very first printing afaik (I had a 4.5 lackey plugin that had the $2 SA, but I don't think many others do).

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApolloAndy

Yep, we are using the latest version... It does cost 3... as Defense to not take the gem I like using Thinking Ahead. but yes Self Improvement is good since it does draw you 3...

but in terms of buying if some how you managed to get 6 points during the first hand, you could either buy 2 of sneak attack or 2 Thinking Ahead...

Though Thinking Ahead is purely for defense... im not sure how many times youll actually use the Main ability.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrazykidpsx
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