The Crew Quest for Planet Nine Board Game Review
Name of the game: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
BGG Weight: 1.97 / 5
Year published: 2020
Designer: Thomas Sing
Number of players: 2-5
Playing time: 20-50 minutes
Game category/theme: Science fiction, trick-taking, cooperative
Board game mechanics: Communication Limits, Cooperative Game, Hand Management, Scenario / Mission / Campaign Game, Trick-taking
Player interaction: 8
Game rating: 9.5
Weight Rating = 8.5 + 3.5 = 12
Playability Rating = [(9 + 8 + 9.5) – 3.5] = 23
Play Rating score = (12 + 23) * 2 = 70
Value Rating = 70 / 6 = 11.67
Final Score Rating = 70 + 11.67 = 81.67
The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine is a cooperative trick-taking game where players work together to complete missions and reach Planet Nine. The unique twist to the game is that players are limited in communication during each round, with only certain players allowed to speak or give signals. This adds a layer of difficulty and strategy to the game, as players must rely on the limited information they receive to make the best decisions for the team. The game is quick to learn but challenging to master, making it a great option for both experienced and new gamers.
The game can be played solo or with up to five players, but it truly shines in multiplayer games where players can work together and communicate to accomplish their goals. The replayability of the game is high due to the variable missions and the randomized distribution of cards, which means each game will play out differently. The artwork and design of the game are well done and add to the overall theme of the game.
In terms of recommendations, here are 10 other games that may appeal to someone who enjoyed The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine:
- Hanabi – A cooperative card game where players work together to create fireworks displays by placing cards in the correct order.
- The Mind – A cooperative game where players must work together to play cards in ascending order without communicating.
- Codenames – A team-based word association game where players try to guess each other’s secret words using a limited number of clues.
- Exit: The Game – A series of cooperative escape room-style games where players solve puzzles and riddles to escape a locked room.
- Spyfall – A social deduction game where players try to determine which one of them is the spy by asking and answering questions.
- Mysterium – A cooperative game where players work together to solve a murder mystery by interpreting cryptic clues given by a ghost player.
- Just One – A cooperative word guessing game where players try to guess a secret word by giving one-word clues.
- Azul – A tile-laying game where players compete to create the most beautiful tile mosaic.
- Sushi Go! – A quick and easy card drafting game where players compete to create the best sushi meal.
- Carcassonne – A tile-laying game where players compete to create the most impressive medieval landscape by placing tiles and meeples.
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