Quick reviews of some new games I tried this month: Tricky Towers, Simmiland, Concrete Jungle, and Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza.
Tricky Towers (PS4)
Don’t let this game deceive you. On the surface, it appears to be a low-budget, indie Tetris knock-off. But it isn’t! There’s some tricky physics involved as you try to stabilise your tower made from Tetris blocks.
In Tricky Towers you have a few different game modes. You either have to create a stable structure in a given height limit (Puzzle), race to the top (Race), or try to compete a tower without any pieces falling off (Survival). You can also get random powers, which either attack other players, or help stabilise your tower in some way.
This game is perfect for 2-4 players. The sound effects are obnoxiously charming. I recommend playing with a big TV, as if you have several people with large towers, the view will zoom out quite far.
Simmiland (PC, Steam)
This is a kind of sandbox game where you essentially get to be a god. Each time you start a new game (in Classic mode), you are given an random island and cards, which you can use to alter the landscape. (In Endless mode you are given unlimited amounts of all the card types.)
The objective of Simmiland is to help humankind feed themselves and advance technology as far as possible. This is done by collecting “faith points” and spending these points on cards. You cannot control the humans or where they put buildings. You also need to think carefully about how you use resources, as your amounts are limited.
Humans will also wish for certain things, and fulfilling it will increase your faith points. Sometimes the tree or mineral the humans wish for might not be what they need right now. Your humans might also build a church, but this will stop them from increasing their intelligence.
It’s a very fun game, which I’ve already spent several hours on and almost gotten all the achievements.
Concrete Jungle (PC, Steam)
Concrete Jungle is another game involving cards and building a city. The objective is to either build your city to a certain size (Single player), or to outscore your opponent (Multiplayer). You can either play against the AI or your friends.
The cards you are given include buildings that collect points, buildings to buff point collection, buildings that add to your economy, plus a few miscellaneous effects. There are abilities and cards you can play that have a negative effect on your opponent, such as reducing their point collecting buildings.
Because the cards you are given are random, and you are restricted in places you can build, there is a fair amount of strategy involved.
The aesthetics are very pleasing and the characters and story are well done.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza (card game)
This is a very easy and entertaining card game, which you can play with just about anyone.
The game is played by each player taking turns to flip a card off their own pile, whilst each says in sequence “Taco, cat, goat, cheese, pizza”. Should the card flipped match the word spoken, all players must slap the flipped pile – And the last to slap must put all cards back in their pile. The aim is to be the first one to eliminate your stack of cards by correctly slapping the pile.
There are also three types of special cards, Groundhogs, Narwhals, and Gorillas – each require you to perform a gesture before slapping the pile.
If you are thinking of purchasing Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, I strongly recommend getting some card sleeves. There’s a good chance the cards will crease with vicious hand slapping! (The cards are a standard size of 63.5 x 88mm.)
Feel free to join the conversation and tell me about any games you’ve played. ☺️