The year is ending, and now is the time to hang out with our families, stay warm, and think about board games. KOSMOS is a publisher that’s well known for games that mix puzzle-solving, education, and one-time experiences. This year is no different with a few new EXIT games, trick-taking opportunities, and the sequel to one of the most popular legacy games of the last few years. Let’s look at the games that KOSMOS has offered us this year.
My City was a surprise hit last year and allowed players to build their own settlement over 24 playing sessions. For those who didn’t have enough, My Island gives more of the same with a few nice little twists and a fun new setting. Players get sealed envelopes that change up or add rules for each of the 24 scenarios in My Island, and when they finish they can flip their boards over for an evergreen version of My Island that can be played over and over again without permanently modding their boards.
Noobs In Space
Noobs In Space is a wonderfully social puzzle game that puts players on their own mission through space. It’s loud, potentially messy, and plays like a short version of EXIT. Players can communicate freely, telling other players what cards they have in their hands, but they can’t ever show the cards. Noobs In Space tests the group’s reading comprehension and communication while pressuring them to be cool under pressure since they are being timed. It’s a good time, and while it can only be played one time, nothing gets destroyed, so it’s a great game to share with another household when you finish. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
The Lord of the Rings: Adventure to Mount Doom
Sometimes you just need a nice little cooperative trek to Mount Doom. The Lord of the Rings: Adventure to Mount Doom is a family-friendly dice-rolling game. The dice control just about every aspect of the game, from which characters get to move to how they can move. The board is visually appealing, looking like a map you’d find in the back of a fantasy novel. It’s also an excellent solo game, making this an accessible game that can be played under any circumstances. It doesn’t have much to offer for those who aren’t Tolkien fans, but this is a good time for dedicated readers.
At Least 4 New EXIT Games
KOSMOS always kills it with the EXIT games, offering solo players, couples, or even groups the opportunity to spend a few hours solving a puzzle while getting a fun narrative along the way, Players received a few new additions, including another advent calendar for the holidays and a family-friendly version intended for children aged 5 and older.
Dimension: The Brain Game To Go
Dimension was one of our favorite puzzle games when we reviewed it in 2019. Now solo players have a portable and accessible way to experience it with Dimension: The Brain Game To Go. It has many solo puzzles to work through, so fans of games like Katamino or Ubongo will find plenty to love in this small package.
What are your favorite games from KOSMOS this year? What are you wanting to pick up? Let us know in the comments bellow!