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What’s Hot: Top Games of July 2021

What’s Hot: Top Games of July 2021

It is that time again, each month Board Game Bandit dedicates runs down the most popular,  top trending, most requested, and new releases of the month. Check out July’s hot picks!

5. The Goonies: Never Say Die

The Goonies: Never Say Die Board Game

Number of Players 2-5
Playtime 50 Min
Suggested Ages 12+
Designer(s) Prospero Hall
Publisher Funko Games

OK, all you 80’s babies, this one is for you.

Embark on a dangerous adventure full of treacherous booby traps and perilous treasure-filled caverns! In The Goonies: Never Say Die, one player is the Goondocks Master, controlling frightening foes from the outlaw family, the Fratellis, to the famous pirate, One-Eyed Willie. The other players are the Goonies — Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, Data, and Sloth — trying to conquer cryptic puzzles and fatal challenges with teamwork, strategy, and Data's clever contraptions! Will the Goonies uncover the legendary treasures that will save their homes, or will they follow the fate of Chester Copperpot, and never see the light of day?

The game includes 9 adventures so that players can engage themselves in the 1980s movie as well as brand new stories, and it consist of 8 sculpted miniatures of Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, Data, Sloth, the Giant Octopus, the Fratellis, and even One-Eyed Willie himself.

Buy The Goonies: Never Say Die online now!

4. Dragomino

Dragomino Kids Board Game

Number of Players 2-4
Playtime 15 Min
Suggested Ages 5+
Designer(s) Bruno Cathala, Marie Fort, Wilfried Fort
Publisher Blue Orange Games

Dragomino is a reimplementation of Kingdomino designed specifically for kids! (ages 5+) from Blue Orange. It’s a quick playing (15 minutes) game for 2-4 people. It’s current popularity is being driven by it’s recent award of the 2021 Kinderspiel des Jahres!

In Dragomino you are going off in search of dragon eggs! The time has come, you have been named "dragon trainer", and are given the opportunity to meet them on a mysterious island. However, you are not the only one sent to these lands. Who amongst you will uncover the most baby dragons?

Buy Dragomino online now!

3. Project L

Project L Puzzle Game Components

Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 20-40 Min
Suggested Ages 13+
Designer(s) Michal Mikeš, Jan Soukal, Adam Spanel
Publisher Boardcubator

The anticipated release of Project L has arrived! The popular pre-order for 1-4 players is all about collecting pieces, choosing cards and filling in various shapes to achieve the highest points.

Project L is a high speed, tile-matching brain burner with triple-layer 3D puzzles and delightful acrylic pieces. Test your friends to a game of straightforward design but complex gameplay that creates a lasting impression!

The soul of the game remains in using your pieces to accomplish puzzles. Beginning with only 2 basic pieces, you use 3 actions each turn to create a robust engine. With more pieces of several types, you can efficiently achieve even the most difficult puzzles. The puzzles you finish award you points or new pieces to further fuel your engine, and possibly outsmart your opponents!

Buy Project L online now!

2. Embarcadero

Embarcadero Strategy Game Gameplay

Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 60-90 Min
Suggested Ages 12+
Designer(s) Adam Buckingham, Ed Marriott
Publisher Renegade Game Studios

Embarcadero is a new release set in the American west 1850’s Gold Rush. It combines city building, tile placement and hand management for 1-4 players.

Ships stream steadily in San Francisco Bay, overflowing with would-be treasure hunters. Anchored off the coast of the boomtown rests a convoy of abandoned vessels, their crews long since taken by gold fever. A few business tycoons stake their claims on these neglected ships, towing them into the harbor to lodge their growing empires. Over time, this wharf side neighborhood, known as the embarcadero, would become the very heart of business enterprise in the flourishing port city.

In Embarcadero, players step into the shoes of these savvy tycoons. Build San Francisco on the hulls of these deserted vessels and carve out a position in the city council. Do you have what it takes to govern the waterfront?

The game plays over 3 rounds. Each round, you play cards and place tiles to take control of wharves and earn points and influence.

Buy Embarcadero online now!

1. Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile

Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile Gameplay

Number of Players 1-6
Playtime 45-120 Min
Suggested Ages 10+
Designer(s) Cole Wehrle
Publisher Leder Games

Check out the Bandit’s pre-order option of the highly anticipated game Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile. This unique game has no showy production tricks, app-assisted mechanisms, or production ploys. The game can be reset at any time and does not need the same play group from one game to the next. A player can choose to use the mode to play multiple generations and then use the same game copy for a game-night with friends. There are no scripted stories or predetermined end points. The history rooted in each copy of Oath will grow to be as unique as the players who aided in building it.

In more detail, 1-6 players guide the course of history in an ancient land. Players may play agents bolstering the old order or scheme to bring the kingdom to ruin. The consequences of one game flow through those that follow, altering what resources and actions future players might have at their disposal and even changing the game's main victory condition.

If a player takes control by courting anarchy and distrust, future players will have to cope with a land swarming with thieves and petty warlords. In a future game, a warlord might try to find a dynasty, establishing a line of rulers that may last generations or be destroyed by the rise of a terrible, arcane cult.

Don’t miss out on your copy of this new strategic and thematic game of fantasy and politics.

Buy Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile online now!

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