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This month, we are bringing you our top 10 games for Tabletop. The sunshine gave us the perfect opportunity to film a socially distanced and ventilated Zatu Show!
Kicking off our list is Marvel: Villainous. In this game, you get to play as some of Marvel's most iconic villains. From Thanos to Ultron, your favourite bad guy will be in here for you to take a trip to the dark side. Just like Marvel heroes, these villains have a mission. Whether that's to take down one of the good guys, or an entire city, you'll have so much fun doing it using these beautifully illustrated cards and board.
Next up is the game Tribes from Thames & Kosmos. Have you ever wondered what life was like for our cavemen ancestors? Wonder no more as in Tribes you will be hunting and gathering for your food, dealing with natural disasters, but most importantly, keeping your kids alive! The way to win this game is to have as many children as you can reach adulthood. This game covers 30,000 years in a 45 minute playtime and just like our previous game, comes with the most artistic components and board.
Like Dobble? Harry Potter fan? Doesn't matter, Dobble is sure to bring our the competitiveness in any player, experts and novices alike. A trickier and faster-paced version of snap, make sure to keep any breakable goods away from the table when playing this one. All this and the cutest Harry Potter theme to boot!
Next up on our Zatu Show list is a spinoff from the game Talisman. This could be a starter to getting into the base game as it has a far shorter playtime, but with all the fun of the regular game. The aim of this game is to seek out all the lost talismans through 5 different adventures. To find the talismans you must overcome every obstacle and enemy this game throws at you in this mystical land.
Another party game up next! Anomia is a word association game that uses cards to set players against each other. Quick thinking and remaining calm under pressure is a must for Anomia. Win cards by blurting out the first thing that pops into your head. it has to be the correct answer of course...
Ticket to Ride, London edition. All the fun of the original game, but with an easy 15 minute playtime and red doubler deckers. This is perfect for any Ticket to Ride fans that simply do not have the time for the extended playtime of the classic game. Fun-sized, fun-filled, and funky, take a trip to 70s London with this game!
Could you be a wolf of Wall Street? This empire building game takes on New York's financial district in 1901. The aim of the game is to build the biggest and best skyscrapers New York has to offer. You also want to have the most buildings out of anyone on the board. The decisions you make are important in this game, do you focus on the quantity or quality of your buildings? You need both to win. The board and components themselves are intricately detailed and you'll struggle to decide which real estate mogul you'd like to be.
Love Obama Llama? Can't get enough of it? This second edition will bring you over 500 new cards for your rapid, radical rhymes. The perfect addition to any party, Obama Llama 2 will have you laughing, wondering, and creating all at the same time. Anyone with a passion for pop culture will be ace at this game. Luckily, it's perfect for any age players as the culture spans decades.
Ice cool is such a laugh. Whether playing it alone or as a group, you're sure to be laughing with frustration at this game similar to Subbuteo, for anyone old enough to remember that classic football game. Unlike Sabbuteo this game involves flicking a penguin from room to room in their ice school (Get it? Ice Cool). This game requires no knowledge, a blessed relief for some, only the ability to aim and fire. However, even if this is not your strong suit, flicking your penguin completely in the wrong direction and watching it bounce aimlessly from wall to wall is just as fun as getting a hole in one in Ice Cool.
Last, but certainly by no means least on our Zatu Show list is the game Root. Root is an in-depth and complicated game, and a little hard to learn as a new player. However, once you get to grips with it the payoff is so worth it. Playing as a little 3D wooden cat, players must battle for control of the vast wilderness. The quality of this game is impeccable, alongside the wooden pieces, the board itself is like a piece of art. This is a strategic game for a 2-4 players looking to commit to a world they can fully immerse themselves in.
Until Next Time
There you have it, our top 10 games for Tabletop. What do you think or our selection? Are their any honourable mentions we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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