Here at DG Games we are a family outfit – mom, pop, and 2.3 kids (if you count the stray cats in our yard). We’re all gamers, or in the process of becoming gamers. Our 6-year-old son plays Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Tikal unassisted – and only occasionally reverts back to Snakes and Ladders. Clearly all those games of Pegs in the Park (a great gateway game for 3-year-olds, but not so interesting for adults) have paid off in terms of training the youngest gamer in our house. And no, we never let him win. He does that all on his own. And since our own game is far from kid-friendly (no, we don’t recommend it for children!), we are always on the lookout for new games that we can play together as a family. So, if we label a game KID ALERT! it means we think other gamer parents might like it for their kids, too.
We only review independent, small-press games. Why? Being indy game publishers ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to get anyone to look at your game. So we’re going to tell you about games you might otherwise not hear about. Enjoy.
We rate games based on four criteria, each out of 5 points:
Originality: How original is the concept, narrative, and humor of the game?
Ease to Learn: Given the materials included with the game, how easy is it to learn? A 1/5 means you’ll probably spend as much time figuring out the rules as playing.
Replay Value: Do we want to play it again?
Looks: Is it pretty? Well-made? Is the art interesting?
Elegance: An elegantly-designed game will have rules that make sense, multiple strategies that have the potential to win, and good replay value. This is our overall evaluation.