Barrage Board Game Review
Name of the game: Barrage
BGG Weight: 4.09 / 5
Year published: 2019
Publisher: Cranio Creations
Designer: Tommaso Battista and Simone Luciani
Number of players: 1-4
Playing time: 120-180 minutes
Game category/theme: Economic, Industrialization, Strategy
Board game mechanics: Action Retrieval, Contracts, End Game Bonuses, Income, Network and Route Building
Player Interaction: 8.5
Game Rating: 9.0
Weight Rating = (8.0 + 9.0) = 17.0
Playability Rating = [(8.5 + 8.5 + 9.0) – 8.0] = 18.0
Play Rating Score = (17.0 + 18.0) x 2 = 70.0
Value Rating = 70.0 / 7.0 = 10.0
Final Score Rating = 70.0 + 10.0 = 80.0
Barrage is a highly strategic game that revolves around players building dams and producing energy in order to gain the most victory points. The game features a unique mechanic where players must manage water flow to their dams, which can be both challenging and rewarding. With different factions and tech trees to explore, each playthrough can feel fresh and engaging.
The game offers both solo and competitive modes, allowing players to enjoy the game in different ways. Solo mode is a great way to learn the game mechanics and practice different strategies. The competitive mode, on the other hand, provides a more dynamic and engaging experience where players must constantly adapt to their opponents’ moves.
For players who enjoy economic and strategy games, Barrage is an excellent choice. Its mechanics and theme are both engaging and challenging, making for a rewarding experience. Players who enjoy games such as Power Grid, Terraforming Mars, and Through the Ages may also enjoy Barrage.
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