All The King’s Men does a good job at simplifying Chess but in the process eliminates some of things that make Chess enjoyable.
Terzetto is a solid simple game which leads to it being kind of boring.
Every once and a while you come across a board game that truly surprises you. Square Off is one of those games.
Chess on the Loose tries to add some interesting mechanics to Chess but ends up making Chess a worse game.
Game of the Generals has some interesting tweaks for Stratego with some improving the game and others making it worse.
While Jarl: The Vikings Tile-Laying Game really innovates on the Chess formula, an analysis paralysis problem prevents it from being as good as it could have been.
Shove Off has one interesting mechanic but doesn’t really distinguish itself from the other “get x number of items in a row” games.
While there is a little too much luck in the game, New York 1901 is a great example of a game not having to be difficult to be fun.
With a great balance between luck and player options, Tiki Island is a great blend of different mechanics that make for a highly enjoyable board game.
While Kalua has some interesting ideas, a reliance on luck and the fact that the game lasts way too long keeps Kalua from being anything more than a very average game.