Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac
Indiana Jones meets a light dungeon crawl, with a touch of Yahtzee snuck in. Your adventurer explores a temple, which doesn't want to be explored. Walls slowly close off the entrance corridor, the lava room threatens to kill you with one misstep, on old rickety bridge asks if you feel lucky today, while a waterfall holds you hostage until you survive by paying the ransom. Oh, and a boulder is racing you to get to the exit first, to trap you in or run you over. All this while you're busy gathering treasures to try to be adventurer with the most treasures who escapes alive.
This game has great components, a strong theme, and has a nice "compete against the game" feel. The board has variability in tile placement, speed of the boulder, speed of the walls closing, and speed of the players (the more treasures you carry the harder it is for you to move around). Strategy is light, the luck aspects are fun, and if you die you have the option of starting a second player.
Layout seems intimidating the first game or two. It is hard to figure out the starting location for the walls. The adventurer minis tip over easily but have great detail. The game looks harder than it is, which is nice for casual gamers but will disappoint more serious strategy lovers.
The Verdict: Purchase
Purchase for casual gamers (also those looking for two player games). More advanced players may enjoy it once, once in awhile, as filler.
I found this game on deep discount, and then found the painted minis on deep discount too. I don't think I would have bought the painted minis if I had been looking at full price. But I decided to splurge the $15 since this game fits my usual gaming participants well. I do wish Lea didn't look quite so topless, and will be painting a small camisole to make her less "L@@k at my -*BOOBS!*-" I do wish the painted minis had a larger, more stable base, and will be gluing on metal discs or coin-like objects to keep them upright. I also used the variation cards (The Adventurers Variety Cards, version 1) which I think will make this a very replayable game for my family and friends.