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Board game reviews with an accessibility focus. Persistently controversial.

Meeple Like Us is producing board game reviews and game accessibility analyses aimed at mapping out the game accessibility landscape. Our intention is to build up a useful resource for those players that cannot simply take a board game down from the shelf and assume it's playable. Check out our master list for progress to date. We post new board game reviews on a Wednesday, and new accessibility teardowns on a Saturday. You can also find an index of all our board game reviews

Istanbul review

Istanbul (2014)

Playing Istanbul is a little bit like wresting a reluctant A* algorithm into grudging, malevolent obedience.   A lot of games are built on the idea of optimisation – that your goals are best served by ensuring the maximum yield for the minimum expenditure.  It’s a mechanism that is hard-wired into…

Gizmos (2018)

Gizmos is something of an awkward blend.   At first glance it’s a light, breezy and intuitive game of picking up marbles and spending them to build ever greater contraptions that yield ever greater effectiveness.    It plays though like Potion Explosion’s brainy older sibling – the one that graduated top of…

A plushie of the 'This is Fine' dog

The Obligation

You’re reading this on Monday. On Friday Mrs Meeple and I will be on a plane, heading off to our new home in Gothenburg. It’s an exciting time to be sure – I’m looking forward to starting my new role at Chalmers University of Technology. I’ve been working towards this,…

Wingspan (2019)

Let me take a slightly different tack with this review of Wingspan than I would normally.  Let me do it as a story of first impressions and an extended meditation on the nature and value of theme.

We all know theme is an important element of a game – a good…

Scotland Yard (1983)

It occurred to me this morning that we hadn’t yet tackled a hidden movement game for Meeple Like Us.   Here we are, almost two hundred games done, and we’ve managed to miss this whole genre entirely.   Mea culpa.  Mea maxima culpa.   I will begin to make my penance by talking…