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Review: Infection, Humanity’s Last Gasp

Solo games are a weird breed: they tend to either be too simple and luck-based, or if they are complex (I’m looking at you, Steel Wolves), they might as well be computer games. Thing is, I like solo games. I like pushing some cardboard bits around a board by myself, taking decisions and seeing where it goes. On the other hand, like a regular game, I like it when my decisions are meaningful and not based purely on luck but unlike regular games, if it’s too complex, there’s no one else there to tell me we got a rule wrong.


I’ve had a on-again, off-again love affair with the solo games from Victory Point Games. Their State of Siege series has both some very good games (We Must Tell the Emperor) and some not so good games (Levee en Masse) and as such is very hit or miss for me. The other solo games they’ve put out so far are excellent and it was with trepidation that I got Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp. Here’s a subject that’s interesting, and even though it had been done before by Pandemic, the angle was different. Is it any good though? Well, let’s check it out.

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New to me: Tenka, Infection, Mr Jack Pocket and The Duke

Buying new games is always an interesting process. If you’re at all like me, there are several ways you end up buying a game: some are just pure impulse purchase, knowing nothing about the game but there is a little something that makes you grab it, usually a sentence or an image; sometimes, you read about the game and you stow that info deep inside the vault, thinking there might be something interesting in there; other times, the first time you hear about it you know you need to get it; and lastly, there is the type of game that somehow fits into a current project and you just want to see what others did within that space.

All this to say that I bought four new games in the last few weeks. These are not games I had pre-ordered or backed on Kickstarter, but rather games that either had lodged themselves in my brain because of something I had seen about them before or games that had a lot of talk about them once they came out.

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