Again in 2018, writer Pencil First Video games launched a beautiful-looking card sport known as Sundown Over Water. With some always-appealing artwork from Beth Sobel, this one caught my eye fairly rapidly. Whereas I by no means had an opportunity to play this set assortment sport, I stored it on my radar in case the chance offered itself.
Think about my delight when Pencil First Video games despatched over a duplicate of their new “pocket version” model of the sport. This guarantees to be the identical gameplay as the unique, however in a extra transportable package deal. So seize your easels and brushes as we check out Sundown Over Water: Pocket Version.
The gameplay in Sundown Over Water takes place over six rounds. Every spherical begins with gamers drawing three playing cards from their Planning Card Deck, selecting one, and placing the opposite two on the underside of their deck. Every planning card will record a wakeup time, motion pace and restrictions, and what number of playing cards the participant can acquire that spherical.
Then, from the earliest wake-up time to the most recent, gamers take their flip. They will transfer their artist the variety of areas listed on their planning card, taking any playing cards alongside the way in which as much as their restrict. The one rule is that if one other artist is on a card, they will’t take it. Additionally they can’t transfer by means of empty areas (areas the place a earlier participant has taken a card), or finish their activate an area with one other participant.
After they’ve taken their playing cards, they verify the fee playing cards to see if they will acquire any. These require discarding particular units of panorama playing cards. Lastly, they verify the each day objective card to see if they will declare that. As soon as all gamers have taken a flip, the grid is refilled and new commissions are revealed. On the finish of six rounds, the participant with essentially the most factors, wins.
Whereas I’ve by no means performed the unique model of Sundown Over Water, I did verify the rulebook (each previous and new) to see if there have been any variations, and the gameplay seems to be similar. So should you already personal the unique sport, the one purpose you’d decide up this pocket version was to get a smaller sport. For everybody else, it comes down to non-public choice. However in my view, I feel this sport might be higher with the bigger measurement.
Regardless of being a pocket version, the sport nonetheless requires an honest quantity of desk house. Plus, the icons is usually a tad laborious to see on the panorama playing cards. Greater than as soon as our gamers mentioned that they want the playing cards had been larger as they squinted to determine an icon. The opposite subject was that one of many greatest attracts for the sport (no less than for me) is the wonderful Beth Sobel panorama artwork. The trade-off on portability vs seeing these larger simply isn’t there for me. And it’s not like the unique sport was Foundations or Rome measurement craziness.
However let’s transfer on to the gameplay now. I feel Sundown Over Water makes a reasonably stable gateway sport. Whereas it is going to take a bit for gamers to know the three elements of the planning playing cards, total they need to be capable to decide it up fairly rapidly. I additionally favored that you just solely draw three playing cards out of your planning deck every spherical, as an alternative of getting access to all of them. Whereas that does in the reduction of on the choice making house, it helps curtail each the training curve and a few severe AP that will have occurred.
For participant scaling, I feel three gamers might be the candy spot for this sport. At two gamers, the sphere is fairly open and you may normally get to the place you must be. With 4 gamers, it was approach too crowded. I had a flip the place I couldn’t transfer in any respect as a result of I used to be trapped on the sting of the board with empty areas and different gamers close to me.
Lastly, I need to point out the each day objective playing cards, which I believed was a neat mechanic. For those who meet the requirement on the cardboard (say acquire a portray with three icons), you then get to assert this card, which is normally price a number of factors. Nevertheless, if one other participant later within the spherical additionally meets the objective, they steal that card from you. It’s a pleasant little bonus for a participant going later within the spherical who might have missed out on fee playing cards that had been taken by earlier gamers.
Sundown Over Water: Pocket Version is a stable little gateway sport that’s not fairly as serene as its stunning landscapes could have you imagine. There are selections to be made right here, gamers to dam, and commissions to steal. Total we had enjoyable with the sport, nevertheless, the pocket measurement feels a tad pointless for me. I’d reasonably simply be enjoying with the full-size sport. I ought to observe that the sport does include each a mini-expansion (Nature’s Muse) and in addition a separate solo play mode. That’s some stable worth on this little field.
Remaining Rating: 3.5 Stars – A stable gateway sport that, regardless of its easy ruleset, has loads to consider in the course of the sport.
• Pocket version loses a few of its attraction
• Icons could be laborious to see