I love Chaostle. It’s a big, brash, and obnoxious game that dares to be more influenced by Parcheesi than Talisman. It’s the kind of game that naturally creates trash talk, cheers, and jeers when the dice are rolled and the Unicorn takes out the Minotaur. It’s a completely unsophisticated design, but that’s what I love the most about it. It does away with all of these notions of Serious Appraisal of Games as a Medium, “clever” mechanics, and beard-scratching issues like balance or the “luck factor”. It’s a simple roll-and-move with a couple of tricks up its sleeves. Oh, and it comes in a gigantic box packed with these huge injection-molded dungeon pieces. One more thing- shark tank. Before I forget, there’s also a wizard that go through time and fetch a nuclear missile. Did I mention that the Unicorn has these SWEET laser gridlines and lightning in its portrait?
$80, but it’s $80 worth of awesome. It’s also one of my favorite games of the year, and the review is this week’s Editor’s Choice at Gameshark.com.. I’m actually sending Bill a copy of it, so maybe he’ll give us his take on it here at NoHS in the future. And hey, Ben Kuchera liked it so it has to be good, right?