This month we’re taking a look at four cooperative board games that are currently on Kickstarter. If you’re interested in any of the games, head on over to their Kickstarter pages for more info.
X-ODUS: Rise of the Corruption
X-ODUS: Rise of the Corruption is a collaborative adventure and tactical game for 1 to 4 players, with a rogue-like mechanic and rpg elements, in a sci-fi setting.
Set in the distant future, players take command of powerful spaceships, and explore the Galaxy to try and prevent an ancient entity known as the Corruption to rise and destroy all life.
Yeah, I think X-ODUS is a game my group will enjoy. I really like the idea of everyone having their own spaceships, customizing them, and then finding ways to use them to defeat the enemies. Plus, the game seems to have a good amount of replay value.
Crypt X is a narrative puzzle game, following the mystery of a missing archaeology professor.
After his curious absence at a dig near Luxor, you began to investigate the notes he left behind. As his student, you must piece together the puzzles in his file to discover more about his work and where he is now.
Of these four games, Crypt X is the one I’m most excited about. The archaeological theme is a good fit for this type of puzzle game, and it looks like it’s going to have some very nice components.
On a side note, massive credit to whoever worked on this Kickstarter page. It looks fantastic.
Middara is a 1-4 player cooperative choose-your-own-adventure style miniatures board game. Players assume the role of a party of adventurers in an ultra-modern fantasy setting that exists alongside our very own Earth. During the game, players will experience an in depth, fully narrative-driven adventure that contains over 90 hours of content. Throughout the narrative you and three of your friends will confront real decisions that change the course of the story and its outcome.
This campaign is actually for the Middara trilogy, though you can pick and choose what content you want to pledge for.
I’m sure there’s a lot to like about Middara, but those beautiful tiles make me want to play it more than anything else. But… it’s a “lifestyle” game and I’m not sure if my group can commit that many hours to it (we’re still only about 50 hours into Gloomhaven). With that being said, Middara looks awesome and I totally get why so many people are backing it.
Faza is a cooperative science fiction board game for 2-4 players navigating a post-apocalyptic city. In order to save your city from the Faza, your extraterrestrial occupiers, your team will need to destroy their three motherships.
Faza has a nice, unique look to it and I’m always a fan of co-ops that allow players to take their turns in any order. I do worry that 90-120 minutes is a bit long for this type of game, but maybe that won’t be a problem in this case. Bottom line: I do want to check this one out, so I hope it gets funded.