“This is my first Jerry Maguire review game of 2019. You had me at Iello.”
Publisher: Iello Games
Designer: Matthew Dunstan
Designer: Brett J. Gilbert
Game Type: Worker Placement, Tile Drafting, Rondel
Initial Year of Release: 2018
Age Range: 10+
Expected Playtime: 40 Mins
Number of Players: 2-4
Theme and What is it?
I’m a viking and I’m okay, I sleep all night, and I pillage all day… (Paraphrased from Monty Python)
Vikings like their pillaging. It is like bread and butter, peas and carrots, or Forest and Jenny. This is no exception. The entire game is about pillaging and killing monsters, and attacking other vikings, and having the most viking followers. The theme of this game fits perfectly with the game, and works well in the setting of the game.
Pillage, Steal, and the other thing… Good job vikings…
An entire game devoted to rondel goodness. Iello saw the writing on the wall, as to how rondels are the current rage in gaming, and they built an idea out of it that works well. You will simply choose how much further on the rondel to travel, to get the most victory points. Each spot is worth a differing amount of points, and different manners to score victory points.
The box and art is classic Iello style, and a style that I like. Therefore, at least when looking at the box, it makes me want to see more. It is inviting and says, please play me.
Iello has mastered the art of pulling its clientele in, simply by a glance. You had me at Iello.
Game Build Quality
I was really bummed when I saw the plastic viking meeples. That is, until I realized they were highly glazed wooden viking meeples. Iello, you sly devils… You tricked me. Now, with realizing the game build is exceptional, I have no words to temper my gushing at the quality of your game…
I see what you did there.
Box art is exceptional. Game are is adequate and functional. Coins, metal coins in a standard retail box are extremely exciting (though a few more might be needed, we ran out at the beginning of the fourth round).
What makes this game is the viking meeples, it just feels like an invasion. For this alone, I have to say the artistry is great. It made me feel like the vikings were just taking over.
The directions in this game are a little over difficult. The actual gameplay once you are in the thick of the viking invasion is simple, and just works. Think King of Tokyo, with a rondel instead of dice in terms of simplicity (not gameplay obviously), this game just plays well, and translate well to all ages.
Age Range & Weight
10+. I call malarkey. I played this with my 7 year old, who is decent at games, but she took to this like a duck to water. I think the age range is based on the small vikings rather than the play-ability.
As with many games, they put a higher number on the age due to the size of the pieces, and I think that is exactly what happened here.
If you have not figured it out… I am a fan. This is easily a game that will make it to my game shelf. It is a game I can imagine playing regularly with friends or my daughter.
If you have yet to play RAIDS, you should go out and buy one today. Frankly, you should buy one yesterday. This is my first Jerry Maguire review game of 2019.