Cascadia Board Game Review
BGG Weight: 1.82 / 5
Year Published: 2021
Publisher: Flatout Games
Designer: Randy Flynn
Number of Players: 1-4
Playing Time: 30-45 minutes
Game Category/Theme: Tile placement, strategy, nature
Board Game Mechanics: End Game Bonuses, Hexagon Grid, Open Drafting, Pattern Building, Solo / Solitaire Game
Player Interaction: 6.9
Game Rating: 8.7
Weight Rating: (4.7 + 8.4) = 13.1
Playability Rating: [(9.2 + 6.9 + 8.7) – 4.7] = 20.1
Play Rating Score: (13.1 + 20.1) x 2 = 66.4
Value Rating: 66.4 / 5.0 = 13.28
Final Score Rating: 66.4 + 13.28 = 79.68
Cascadia is a beautifully designed tile placement game where players are creating habitats for various species of animals in the Pacific Northwest. The game is easy to learn, but has a lot of depth in its strategy, as players must plan out how to create patterns on the board in order to score the most points. The tile drafting mechanic keeps the game interesting and replayable, as there are always new combinations of tiles to explore. The game also has a solitaire mode, which is a nice touch for those who prefer to play alone.
The game offers a great balance of strategy and accessibility, making it a game that can be enjoyed by both casual and more experienced gamers. The theme is well-integrated into the gameplay, and the art and components are top-notch. The game does have some luck involved with the tile drafting, but this can be mitigated by careful planning and strategy.
For those who enjoyed Cascadia, here are ten other games that may appeal to you:
- Photosynthesis – A beautiful game where players grow trees in a forest, strategically blocking each other’s sunlight and collecting points for their growth.
- Wingspan – A game where players collect birds and build habitats to attract more birds, with each bird providing a unique ability and scoring mechanism.
- Sagrada – A game where players build stained glass windows, carefully selecting colored dice and placing them in a pattern to score points.
- Azul – A tile placement game where players create mosaics by drafting and placing tiles, with each tile placement affecting future turns.
- Isle of Skye – A game where players build a Scottish landscape, carefully placing tiles to create a profitable kingdom and out score their opponents.
- Kingdomino – A game where players create a kingdom by drafting and placing tiles, with each tile providing points and special abilities.
- Carcassonne – A classic tile placement game where players build a medieval landscape, strategically placing meeples to claim areas and score points.
- Terraforming Mars – A game where players work together to terraform Mars, building cities and infrastructure and competing to have the most successful corporation
- Calico – A game where players create quilts by selecting and placing fabric tiles, with each quilt earning points for various patterns and objectives.
- Everdell – A game where players build a forest city, drafting cards and placing workers to build structures and score points.
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