What's Hot: Top Board Games of February 2022
February is upon us! With it being the month of St. Valentine, it may come as no surprise that this month's hottest five board games features more than one cooperative game. What better way to express your undying love for someone than rescuing them from a horde of goblins, or exploring an endless world on the open seas? Without further ado, here's our list of the Top 5 Board Games of February 2022!
|Number of Players||2-5|
If you grew up in the '90's then this release may be one you've been waiting for. Originally released in 1989 as a more accessible take on the uber-popular Dungeons & Dragons, HeroQuest is a dungeon-crawler adventure game for 2-5 players. One player takes on the role of the game master, revealing sections of the maze-like dungeon as players wander through it. The other players take on one of four characters; the wizard, dwarf, elf, or barbarian. Working together, they must venture into the dungeons to complete epic quests.
This newest version of the game was originally offered on Hasbro Pulse in cooperation with Avalon Hill. The retail edition of the game hits shelves in February with much anticipation. HeroQuest has been updated in a number of ways with this new release. The quest and rule books have been updated to improve upon some of the challenges in the original ruleset. The most noticeable change comes in the visual design of the game, with new player sculpts, new interpretations of characters, as well as new designs for the furniture and monsters featured in the game.
|Number of Players||1-4|
After numerous solid releases over the last few years, Capstone Games has established a reputation for great games with beautiful components and visual design (New York Zoo is one of our favourites). One of the more anticipated releases from this publisher in 2022 is Boonlake, and it finally arrived this month.
A heavier strategy game, Boonlake challenges players to improve their lives, and the lives of those in their group. How you go about doing this is completely up to you. With a new action mechanism, each game you play progresses differently, with actions you take not only impacting you but your opponents as well.
|Number of Players||2|
All is not roses and rainbows in love and war, and so Radlands makes its grand entrance. A hit on Kickstarter, the retail edition arrives in February and offers two players an epic showdown in a post-apocalyptic setting. Featuring gorgeous, colourful artwork, this competitive dueling card game has great table presence.
The game centers around identifying fiercely powerful card synergies. Players act as the leaders of their post-apocalyptic group of survivors, as they fight to protect their three camps from a vicious rival tribe. The aim of the game is simple, if your camps are destroyed first you lose.
Water is the central resource in the game. Players spend it to play various people and event cards, using the abilities of those cards to protect your camps and build up powerful effects. Manage your cards and water resources wisely to prevail.
2. Marvel Villainous: Mischief & Malice
|Number of Players||2-3|
|Designer(s)||Prospero Hall, Michael Mulvihill|
The latest addition to the Marvel Villainous series of the popular game from Ravensburger, Mischief & Malice has finally arrived. After numerous delays due to the pandemic, the game finally hit store shelves in Canada in February. This standalone expansion for the Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power adds three new exciting supervillains to the game. Which evildoer will you embody to become the greatest supervillain?
Each of the three villains has a different goal to achieve to win. Loki, the God of Mischief, needs to collect and spend ten 'Mischief'. M.O.D.O.K. must work to activate the mysterious Cosmic Cube. Madame Masque needs to fight and defeat eight Marvel heroes to win. Combine this expansion with the base game for even more combinations of villainous treachery.
1. Sleeping Gods
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Publisher||Red Raven Games|
Easily one of the most anticipated games of 2021, Sleeping Gods was another victim of seemingly countless delays due to global supply chain issues. We were all over the moon when it finally arrived this month, and boy was it worth the wait! Heralded as the quintessential sandbox board game, this masterpiece from Ryan Laukat has a playtime of up to 20 hours!
Sleeping Gods tells the story of the crew on the steamship Manticore as they have just been transported to a mysterious unknown land known as the Mysterious Sea. Working together, players will take on the various roles of the crew members, as you work together to explokre exotic islands, meet new characters, and survive as you seek out the hidden totems of the gods.
Where Sleeping Gods really shines is in the depth of content it offers. The combination of exploration and excellent storytelling will keep players coming back for more. You could play for 10 hours and only scratch the surface of the expansive world created in this game. With a mechanism to 'save' the game at any time, you can play the game in as many sittings as you like.
For anyone that appreciates strong storytelling, great thematic elements, and new and interesting decisions at every turn, Sleeping Gods is definitely worth adding to your collection!