New Games for Dec 31, 2021 - Making Blind Humbug Aquarium Kings

Jason Tagmire

It's New Game Friday! David Wiley (Cardboard Clash) is here to tell us about the new games.

Here’s what is new this week:

        • Bah Humbug
        • Blind Luck - The Last Engineer
        • Making Manhattan
        • Pocket Aquarium


        Pocket Aquarium


        The aim of the game is to create the most harmonious aquarium with fish of the same species swimming together and with all of the aquarium’s features in the right place.


        Manipulate the layout of fish and decor within your aquarium in order to score the most points. You are trying to make schools and shoals of fish, and get certain special cards into key areas of the aquarium before the cat completes its circuit around the tank. However, any special card you fail to get positioned will cause an automatic loss, and the same holds true for a minimum point threshold to score. If you like a fun, fast, solo puzzle of a game then you will not want to miss out on this one.


        Making Manhattan


        As a premier city planner, you’ve been called in for one of the most prestigious projects imaginable: the chance to remake Manhattan. Now it’s time to share your vision for New York City’s most notable borough. Can you design the ideal layout? Planning makes perfect!


        Like spatial building but dislike when it can become a sprawling mess? Have you ever wished games gave you a set grid to fill, like Kingdomino does? Well, you are in luck because you’re going to be placing exactly 6 cards into your city, in a set 2x4 grid. Each card has some set of icons on it, and then they have scoring conditions that will trigger based on where you place it within your city. Maximize the synergy between the cards you lay out in order to each your ultimate victory against your opponent in this quick, tight game for two that is sure to delight fans of games like Sprawlopolis.


        Bah, Humbug!


        Mail your True Love one Christmas card each day, and be sure to boast to everyone in town about it. In order to keep up with all the other suitors, you might have to bluff about what you’ve sent. But lying is half the fun! WIll you win by being the sneakiest liar, or by catching others in their lies?


        For those who want to cherish the Christmas Season all year-round - or if you just like bluffing with friends - you won’t want to miss Bah, Humbug. It is a fairly simple game in concept, but with some really clever twists. The greatest of these comes in the form of the Postman card, who matches any space played on and not only protects a liar from being caught, but also prevents anyone who played before that card from getting checked to see if they lied or not. With two paths to victory - earning coal as a liar or berries for telling the truth - there is sure to be plenty of replay value to explore with a group of people.


        Blind Luck - The Last Engineer


        Blind Luck - The Last Engineer is a single-player role-playing game, where you take on the role of the last engineer in a town plunged into darkness and overrun with deadly Scuttlers. It is up to you, and you alone, to explore the town and find the parts that you need to restore power to the Power Station.


        But be careful as you search, for deadly Scuttlers might be lurking in the dark.


        If you like unique aspects to a game, you’re going to love this one. You’ll be exploring the town each turn, one area at a time, trying not to attract the attention of the lethal Scuttlers. But the real draw here is the diceless system utilized by this game, where you have a Blind Luck sheet and will be circling a set of numbers on it with your eyes closed, and every number fully within the circle is added together to get to your results. You are hoping to get in a certain range, and this is certain to at the very least provide a very unique experience to your gameplay.


        Pick up all the new games here:



        Game of the Week: King for a Day


        The story is told of Arleon, a land across the sea, filled with rolling hills, lush forests and majestic mountains. After many long years of war, the great clans of Arleon turned their hearts toward peace. But when it was later decided that a Ruler should be chosen to lead all the people, rumors of strife again spread from village to village. From which clan could one Ruler be selected? Would not any choice spur the others to revolt?


        A game that is part hidden auction, part economic building game - this unique spin has everyone take the role of king a few times during the game where you accept offers for the special deal of the round. After that exchange is made, everyone gets to buy cards, build buildings, and produce resources to use in the following rounds. Seriously, if you wish Agricola had player interaction beyond blocking a space on a board, this is going to be your long as you have 3-5 players.

        Check out Game of the Week here:

        See you next week with more information on our newest print and play games!



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