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Ghost stories are scary again!,
This review is from: Ghost Stories (Toy)
I got the chance to play this game at a convention recently, and I have to say it was quite enjoyable. Cooperative games tend to be more difficult to win than usual games - for good reason! If it was too easy to win, then no one would play. The one time I played this, we were doing pretty well, but we all ended up dying a good 11 ghosts before Wu Feng (the final boss you need to beat to win).
The Premise: You are a highly specialized samurai that slays ghosts. You have been sent to this village in order to stop Wu Feng from coming back and destroying/taking over the world (as a ghost). As Wu Feng comes back, wave after wave of ghost comes at you preparing for his arrival. Your starting color also comes with one of two special abilities, both of which can help you defeat the ghosts. (Some are more useful than others, however.)
The Play: You get three dice to roll, all of which are the same. They have six different colors on their sides instead of pips. Roll the three dice, you want them all to be the same color, and that's how you slay ghosts. (Some ghosts require 1 of the same color, some 2, some 3, some 4, Wu Feng requires a crazy amount.) You can supplement the roll with dao tokens of the appropriate color to help you kill the ghosts. Also, you can aquire buddha statues that will slay ghosts instantly. The villagers also want to help, and you can activate the 9 center squares of the setup (Village Squares) and each one has a separate ability that can help you. Usually you can only do one of these actions at a time (slay a ghost or activate a village square). Also, you can only move one square (unless you have a special power that tells you different).
Certain ghosts have haunters that approach the village and can haunt squares in their row. Once a village square is haunted (flipped over), you can no longer use the village ability. So, you slay ghosts, and do what you can to fend off invasion until Wu Feng shows up. If you're still alive by that time, you attempt to kill him, and if you're successful you win. :)
It is difficult. If you like to win games every time (or even 50% of the time) this game probably isn't for you. But it is cooperative, and you either win or lose as a team. Also, if you die, your group can bring you back to life using one of the village tiles, so you aren't out for good. It also gets the adrenaline pumping as you see your hope slowly fade, and the desperation sets in.
I enjoyed the game alot, though, and put it on the same level as Pandemic, though a little more difficult. The judge told us that as you play more you also get better at beating the game. :) There is also an expansion for this game out that I haven't played yet, so I imagine you can switch it up a bit with that.
So if you like cooperative games, and are looking for a fun couple hours (or less, if you die fast!), then this game is for you! :)
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Initial post: Mar 20, 2015 9:48:34 AM PDT
K. Morgida says:
Thanks for the thorough break-down of the game play and explanation of the theme. I wouldn't know whether to consider buying if you hadn't explained. :)
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