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SLIDE QUEST

SLIDE QUEST

Is there an emerging trend of designers using game boxes as game components? 2015’s delightfully zany Loony Quest emulated platforming video games by having players scribble paths on transparent plastic sheets before laying them on ‘level’ boards in the game’s packaging to see whether they’d managed to avoid deadly traps. 2016’s finger-fiicking penguin pursuit game Ice Cool transformed its box into an Antarctic high school full of corridors and classrooms for players to navigate. And recent family-friendly dice game Troll & Dragon used its box as a subterranean grotto full of glittering gold and diamonds.

Now there’s a new addition to the bunch in the form of Slide Quest, a co-operative dexterity game that sees players collaboratively navigating a plastic knight across a succession of perilous environments, finding their way around obstacles and attempting to avoid plunging into gaping chasms.

the game uses some simple but clever engineering. Before you play you’ll place a cardboard map sheet on top of a plastic tray that sits suspended in the centre of the box. Players can tilt it in diTherent directions using four plastic handles, causing their plucky hero to roll on his steel ball-bearing base as the ground beneath him shifts. Each successive zone comes with its own set of objectives, obstacles and enemies to confront, and getting it right requires perfect co-ordination. It’s all too easy for one mistimed jolt to send the knight crashing unceremoniously through a hole in the ground.

through a hole in the ground. It may rely on a physical gimmick, but it’s a hell of a fun one. One downside is that with fewer than four players, someone will have to control multiple levers. But if you can reliably round up three reasonably dextrous teamma tes, it’s an absolute blast for families, or even for suitably childish grown-ups.

OWEN DUFFY

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Must Plays and more in our Best Games of 2019 issue of Tabletop Gaming. Over the next 196 pages discover all of the most positively reviewed games of the year. With a massive 181 games reviewed, this is the definitive “what to play next” guide of 2019! Games reviewed include: Wingspan Copenhagen Hellboy: The Board Game Res Arcana Lifeform Century: A New World Megacity: Oceania Pandemic: Fall of Rome Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Rough Nights & Hard Days Azul: Stained Glass of Sinatra Tapestry Letter Jam Hako Onna Everdell Battle Ravens Dune + Many more!

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