Sunday, March 20, 2022

#52: Bärenpark (Mark's Top 100 2022)

  • rank: 306
  • rating: 7.4
  • published: 2017
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • Yet another zoo-related game on the list (there are actually 3 of them!) - this time, it's a very-straightforward tile-laying game that can be give a lot of layers (esp. by using the expansion) or kept simple, straightforward, and very family-friendly with the base game.
Tips & Tricks:
  • Like many game where players draft from a common pool, timing is extremely important.
  • As well, this is a game that rewards the Tetris-y spatial skills of looking at a piece and being able to mentally flip it about to find the optimal placement.
  • The addition of the goals (both from the base game and the expansion) vary up the mental puzzle really well.
  • The storage solution in the base game is, well... not very good. I love the Folded Space insert I bought that fits both the base game and The Bad News Bears expansion into the box.
  • The expansion adds extra goals, an additional piece of land per player for building, grizzly bear enclosures, and tramways. I think the tramways here are much better implemented than in the designer's Cloud City game.
  • This is Phil Walker-Harding's second of two games on my top 100 games countdown.

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